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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars When Cahen and Seffer left to form ZAO they apparently took MAGMA's Jazz element with them. This is MAGMA's most well known recording and the emphesis is squarly on the vocals. The five member choir along with the other three vocalists sing and chant methodically and repeatedly throughout this whole recording. This is what makes or breaks this album for people, can you handle it ! I found the vocal melodies a little more harsh then the other Zeuhl bands i've listen to, but I actually enjoyed them for the most part. Many of these tracks blend into one another, some even having the same melody for a while.

"Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West" opens with a catchy beat as spoken words are followed by vocals and then a multitude of vocals. The vocal arrangements and vocals themselves are pretty incredible. We get some organ 6 1/2 minutes in followed by horns and guitar. "Ima Suri Dondai" opens with piano and operatic vocals. A good section 2 1/2 minutes in with female vocals, drums, horns and guitar. More vocals join in after 3 minutes. "Kobaia Is De Hundin" again begins with piano as this one is more uptempo with some frenzied vocals. Guitar and piano end it.

"De Zeuhl Wortz Mekanik" features more great vocals with drums, guitar and bass. I like the way the guitar plays over the hypnotic and relentless vocals.The bass shines on this one as well. "Nebehr Gudahtt" opens with piano as the female vocals get a little crazy on this one. Some scorching guitar 4 1/2 minutes in as the vocals get even more bizarre. "Mekanik Kommandoh" sounds amazing, this is my favourite song on the album. Horns, organ and vocals all become fast paced. "Kreuhn Kohrmahn Iss De Hundin" is slower paced with heavy drums 2 minutes in followed by sax melodies. The male vocals are crying out.

This is where Zeuhl started really along with ZAO's debut. Must-haves !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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