Monday, April 8, 2013
Why is Magma's 1973 release Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh my fourth favorite album of all-time?
The power of the performances. 40 minutes of non-stop, high energy technically demanding music taking the listener on a rollercoaster ride of epic and spiritually exhausting proportions.
The sustained power of the music. There is not a lull or let up in the 40 minutes of ebullience and exuberance.
The feeling that this group is singing about something very important, sacred, even spiritual to them.
The operatic drama. I've heard that the works of Carl Orff (Carmen Burana) and John Coltrane were instrumental inspirations to Christian Vander.
The driving, repetitive rhythms and grooves that seem to run non-stop for 40 minutes.
The way the music provokes raw animalistic, reckless abandon--and dancing.
The sheer audacity of Christian Vander to compose such music--such demanding music--of and from his band-mates/performers.
The guts and passion with which all of the singers sing but none more than their leader, Christian Vander, in his amazing falsetto.
My review from ProgArchives: