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3.75 | 368 ratings

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4 stars I became interested in the music of Magma when I read on wikipedia in the Prog Rock Article, about a French progressive band , whose drummer created a new lenguage called Kobaian, and they sing their songs in their own language. Interesting, I thought.

Udu Wudu was released before the very cool Live/Hhai, and contains one of the best tracks in the entire Magma catalogue, De Futura.

Track by track:

01 - Udu Wudu - The title track, it has a very cool latin feel, with cool percussion, brass arrangements, bass guitar and piano. Blasquiz with his very cool and operastic voice, with Stella Vander and some other female singers singing in the background. It's very uptempo and happy in comparision with other tracks in the album. Surely, one of the best tracks in the album, despite it's very different from the other tracks in the album and another tracks by Magma. (5/5)

02- Weidorje - Another very cool song. It has a amazing start, with powerful bass and snare drum, cool piano and vocals, and a very good synth work. Then a session with cool piano, light drums and cool vocals, then a cool short bass and synth solo. The song is most driven by synths, bass and drums. (4/5)

03- Troller Tanz (Ghost Dance) - The very start of the song is quite scary, some heavily vocoded choir, but the song has some very cool piano and bass works, and the drums are very cool too. Top and Vander are amazing musicians. The vocoded vocals come back for a while, and then a brief session with cool vocals. The end of the song is very cool. This song remind me some old films with ghosts. (3.5/5)

04 - Soleil D'ork (Ork's Sun) - This one is a hipnotic tribal song. Some tribal singing during all the song serves as background to Janick's amazing Bass Work. Some cool synths during the song complete the atmosphere. Jazzy, Catchy, but repetitive, almost the entire song is the same. (3.5/5)

05 - Zombies - Begin with very fast drumming and some bass guitar and brass arangements. The song is driven by Vander amazing drumming, he plays very fast here. There's some creepy synths here, and vocoded vocals. This song is the weakest here, but with cool moments. To me Magma tryed to do another song in the Troller Tanz Style, but failed. (2.5/5)

06 - De Futura - This one is the freak. Creepy. Really. Janick Top is the great man here. His throbbing bass destroy almost everything here. Some creepy synths follow the bass guitar. Very cool Drumming and troll vocals complete this epic. Again, this track may scare you. It has various sessions, but all of them with Vander's syncopaded drumming and Top's macabre bass. The session around eight minutes is very cool, with a riff with increasing vellocity, amazing drumming and scary vocals. It's a bit repetitive, but always interessing. The Starting session is revisited around the 12 minute mark, but faster, but with the same power. Between fantastic and scary bass and syncopaded drums there are quieter parts. Then around 14 minutes the drumming became very fast, and at 15:00 the bass sounds alone and getting heavier and with some cool drumming. This is the masterpiece of the album, a very scary masterpiece, but the masterpiece. (5/5)

07- Emehent-Re - A cool short song present in some editions. Cool piano, cool synthesiser work and cool vocals. (3.5/5).

Operastic vocals, throbbing bass, piano, and complex synth work. It was a very good start to me listen to Magma.

(5+4+3.5+3.5+2.5+5+3.5)/7 = 3,85 - 4 stars.

TheKnife | 4/5 |


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