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Christian Vander - Tristan Et Iseult [Aka: Ẁurdah Ītah] (OST) CD (album) cover


Christian Vander



4.17 | 332 ratings

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5 stars Oh, you caught me chanting to another haunting masterpiece. Sorry about that.

Yes, yes, I know. This isn't really a Magma album and more of a Christian Vander solo album that was supposed to be adapted to a film that is probably very corny/cheesy/bad and I know I opened this review up by rambling about for a bit. Alright, humor aside, yes, this is a Vander solo album that got shuffled into the Magma set, most likely because he brought on his wife, Blasquiz, and Top for this wild ride. And if you've heard any Magma, this is certainly not going to be a ride that eases up. However, it is easily just as enjoyable as most of the other Magma catalog (Merci? What's that?).

The songs on here are in the shorter vein, as none of them go outside the 3-5 minute range, but at the same time, this could be considered one whole extended piece. The vocals are just a manic as ever, the bass and drums retain their awe-inspiring power, and despite the loss of what is basically half an orchestra, this still remains a very important highlight in the discography of the best crazed jazz-rock spinoff to ever reach us Earthlings from the Planet Kobaia far away. Normally I'd point out a few of my favorite tracks, but I tend to think of this album as one 39 minute song anyway, so to me the whole album is in and of itself a highlight. If you already like Magma and don't have this album, what are you waiting for? If you haven't heard any Magma yet, this along with MDK is probably the best place to start. Actually, this might be slightly more accessible than MDK to most newcomers as it doesn't quite have the relentless, never-ending chanting in it. Definitely a 5 star masterpiece in every way, shape, and form nonetheless.

horsewithteeth11 | 5/5 |


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