Thursday, April 12, 2012

Magma - "Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh" [1973]

Artist: Magma
Title: Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
Genre: Avant-Prog, Zeuhl
Country: France
Release date: 1973

Track List:
  1. Hortz Fur Dëhn Stekëhn West
  2. Ïma Süri Dondaï
  3. Kobaïa Is de Hündïn
  4. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanïk
  5. Nebëhr Gudahtt
  6. Mekanïk Kommandöh
  7. Kreühn Köhrmahn Iss de Hündïn

...And speaking of Magma - here's their most well-known album, "Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh", released in 1973. MDK is considered to be a seminal work for the whole zeuhl genre, and a very original release even by nowadays standards. At first listening, my impression was like "WTF am I listening to??!!", but after ~10 re-listenings it became like: "Wait... but this is great!!!". Need I say more? Here you can read a detailed review of MDK and an explanation of it's sci-fi concept. I can only add that the only downside of this release, IMO, is that the Kobaïan language turned out not quite as exotic as I expected. Bands singing in made-up languages always fascinated me, but Kobaïan sounds quite like Dutch or some weird German dialect, not something that I would expect from an extraterrestrial language...


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