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5 stars Zeuhl music since its beginnings has prompted a very clear response over listeners. Basically or you love it or you hate it. And this album as the first one ever released having the 'classic' Zeuhl sound, is not far from this almost binary discussion. And this point makes it immediately an absolute masterpiece and a must have for being a groundbreaker work.

Mekan´k Destrukt´w Kommand÷h (MDK) contains one of the most risky and innovative proposals in prog-music for that time (released in 1973). And if you consider that Progressive Rock looks for a fusion between rock (guitars, keyboards, drums, electric bass, etc used in producing the music), chamber music ('small' ensambles not orchestras specifically), contemporary music (dynamically changing complex metrics, dodecaphony structures, polyphonies dynamically changing with monophonies, etc), jazz (solos, virtuoso-style musicians, etc) (you could put some other variables in here, but IMHO these may be the basics of ProgMusic), so considering these factors, Christian Vander mixed them all, resulting in an 'Orffesque' ritual (The very beginning of 'Hortz Fur DŰhn StekŰhn West' and 'Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekan´k' for example), recalling Stravinsky at some points (the ending part of 'Hortz Fur DŰhn StekŰhn West' and 'Mekan´k Kommand÷h' for example) and of course reminiscences to Rock and even jazz. But you can dismember this album all you want, anyway what you will find is Zeuhl.

An absolute masterpiece, essential in any collection.

Zortsung | 5/5 |


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