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4.25 | 725 ratings

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4 stars I ignored Magma and Zeuhl in general for a couple of years due to the relative inaccessibility of their music and not always favourable description of the music genre.

This changed recently also thanks to a live concert at Night of the Prog 2013 that brought them closer into my attention and I realized that these lads have create quite some gems that sound like nothing else ever done before.

On this release, the first major one since the 70's, the band blew dust of their unreleased archives, added precise detailed sonic scenery with incredible vocal complexity, flavour of jazz and Canterbury, crisp sound and of course, their language that sounds soft and formidable. Jazz-fusion touches are delicate but this time, without brass instruments and keyboards take quite an instrumental role. The second track has a really complex but rewarding motive - verse and chorus. The instrumental section is quite accessible in the early 70's fusion and guitar takes the lead. Later on, you can hear classical music intermezzo on piano and with female vocal. The third track has a delicate synth/electric piano intro with Vander on drums providing Soft-Machine like busy drumming that matches the soloing synth well. It's not until the 9th minutes that vocals take a more prominent role. There is also a grooving somewhat dramatic dissonant experimental motive, really great exploration of increasing tones.

This is a strong release and certainly one of the best releases of 2004 on progarchives.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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