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4.15 | 492 ratings

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4 stars The Dark Opera.

A long overdue review here of one of my favorite Magma albums. I'm going to keep it real simple, and focus on the parts that are not talked about much (ie not the title tracks). Basically, the title tracks are amazing. You need to listen to them. You will enjoy them. They are everything you could want out of a prog epic.

Anyways, Ork Alarm is based around a tense cello movement that gives the song its pace and structure. Kobain chants and a quaint little solo piece flow over giving the feeling of something somewhat like a community march or street protest, at least this is what springs to my mind. The Coltrane Sundia is as you might have guessed, an honorary piece for Coltrane which closes out the album. It is a beautiful and gorgeous piano piece, but I feel it's horribly out of place given the nature of the rest of the album. This might have fared better at the end of Merci or Attahk, but not here, it just doesn't really fit themewise with the overall aim of the album.

I would not start here if you are new to Zeuhl or Magma. This album has too many twists and turns, and takes longer to fully grasp than some of the others (not that they are easy to grasp, but you get the idea). This is one of Vander's masterpieces, enjoy it as such.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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