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ÜDÜ ẀÜDÜ

Magma

 

Zeuhl

3.74 | 254 ratings

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Progbear
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4 stars The band were in a bit of a shambles by this point. Essentially, the band consisted of the Vanders, Blasquiz and Top, everything else being fleshed out by guest musicians. The startling 18-minute feature piece "De Futura" is performed solely by the core trio of Top, Vander and Blasquiz, and features Top's bass as its main melodic lead instrument. Bass players are sure to go wild for this piece, as I can think of few musical pieces where a bass player is allowed to go wild like on this track!

Synthesizers appear for the first time on a Magma disc, and they seem absolutely tailor-made for the band. The disturbing electronic wails on "Zombies (Ghost Dance)" and the Gothic/operatic "Weïdorje" add a distinct colouration to Magma's sound, which is perfectly in line with their futuristic, science-fiction nightmare conceptualism. On the other hand, the bouncy title song is likely to take Magma's established fan base by surprise, featuring Christian Vander performing a rather comic call-and-response with a female choir. This is Stella's only appearance on this album (apart from the bonus track on the CD).

So, I don't know if I'd recommend starting here (even if it was my first Magma LP), but considering the state of the band at the time, it turned out well in the end.

Progbear | 4/5 |

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