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The Blue Ghost
5 stars Welcome to my first track-by-track review. Fortunately, there are not many tracks on this album.

mhnthtt-R, Magma's most recent studio offering, is, in my opinion, a fantastic album. The bulk of it can be found in some form or another on several other Magma albums.

1. mhnthtt-R I - The first song is composed of two (somewhat) well-known Magma songs. The first is the Announcement from "Hhai", and is mostly the same, except that the tension comes across much more here than on the live album. The second is Rinde from "Attahk", treated exquisitely by the current choir.

2. mhnthtt-R II - The longest track on the album is also composed of two parts. The first is mhntht-R (Extrait No. 2) from "Udu Wudu", which is ably performed, but really only there to set up the second part. This longer segment consists of a truly spectacular version of Hhai (although not the best), featuring another round of great vocals but sadly, no violin/keyboard duel. This is where Vander's drumming really takes off, and he'll stay in that zone for basically the entire album.

3. mhnthtt-R III - This is essentially Zombies (also from "Udu Wudu"), except much longer and faster. It goes through a lot of changes, but like a true Magma composition, maintains its energy very well.

4. mhnthtt-R IV - The coda to the whole thing (which blends seamlessly by the way) is short and sweet, with great vocals and some beautiful piano.

5. Funhrarum Kahnt - The last real song on the album is a slow, appropriately funereal-sounding number, and nothing really to write home about.

6. Sh - A short, blunt conclusion to the story of mhnthtt-R.

The Blue Ghost | 5/5 |


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