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4.15 | 495 ratings

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4 stars A bit "toned-down" in comparison to MDK, but hardly "conventional". Still very, very dark, but whereas MDK was all about the rapid tempos and contrasts between soft and loud, the title piece of KOHNTARKOSZ is more about slowly building from start to finish, with a more controlled intensity. As a result, it probably doesn't have the immediate impact that MDK does, but is just as rewarding (if not more so) in the long run. Stella Vander truly becomes a part of the band with this album, her haunting soprano voice adding another important thread in the dense aural tapestry that is Magma.

There are also a brace of short, cameo pieces on the album. "Ork Alarm" is a dark and creepy number typified by "twangy" Hohner Clavinet and scratchy guitar (courtesy of the underrated Brian Godding), with one of Klaus Blasquiz' most affectingly disturbing vocal performances. "Coltrane Sundïa", on the other hand, is a heartfelt piano instrumental, one of the moments of greatest, most touching beauty found on a Magma album.

Progbear | 4/5 |


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