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3.89 | 39 ratings | 5 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hanshin (4:17)
2. Dai Koronenn (7:57)
3. Helvet Sttroï II (4:31)
4. Willargh (8:23)
5. Zöbehr-Daï (11:44)
6. Wehr Mahrü (5:37)
7. Moa Orgata (12:48)
8. Hertz Kömatt (5:56)

Total Time 61:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Osmo Saarinen / drums, percussion, vocals
- Roope Pelkonen / keyboards, effects
- Ville Sirviö / lead guitar, voice, effects
- Atte Kemppainen / lead vocals, bass, percussion, guitar, keyboards, drums, effects

- Tommi Ruotsalainen / rhythm guitar, voice
- Nina Suokko, Ella Kärnä, Samuli Aihos, Henna Naukkarinen, Mari Pääkkönen / choir

Releases information

Label: Soleil Zeuhl (SZ 58)
Format: CD
March 9, 2020

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DAI KAHT Dai Kaht II ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by BrufordFreak
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5 stars What if SANTANA or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS played Zeuhl?!

1. "Hanshin" (4:17) a true Zeuhl intro--complete with vocal narration! But then we shift into drive and pick up an ALLMAN BROTHERS feel for the next wild minute. That bass is moving a million miles an hour--and in a Disco cadence! Choir enters over the next ALLMAN BROTHERS section giving it a kind of STYX feel. Heavily effected synth- guitar solos in the fourth minute before we return to the AB motif to finish. (8.75/10)

2. "Dai Kor'nenn" (7:57) again, what if THE ALLMAN BROTHERS played MAGMA Zeuhl? The band plays very tightly. In the fifth minute, it moves into more of MOTORPSYCHO territory before subtly flowing into KOENJI HYAKKEI. I love the Klaus Blasquiz imitation in the seventh minute! Then it just gets crazy. (13.25/15)

3. "Helvet Sttro' II" (4:31) moving more into true Zeuhl territory, (even using a language very close to Koba'an), the choir chants here are a little off but still have a very interesting echoed-staccato effect. (Intentional?) At the end of the third minute we move into a more spacious section that kind of lulls you into a safe place before wild, slashing synthesizer notes enter. (9/10)

4. "Willargh" (8:23) opening with a very pretty, slow, and pensive weave, the music gradually builds until at 1:40 we reach the transition point at which we move into a march-like cadence with male group chanting. This is followed by some rather sedate electric guitar riffing before we move back into the march-and-chant section again. After this the rhythm section moves almost into a Rasta beat while the fuzz guitar solos. A little interlude for a bass solo, and then we fly into the full-speed race to the end--with a slight delay and downshift before more ALLMAN BROTHERS influence begins to exert itself. Wow! (18/20)

5. "Z'behr-Da'" (11:44) MOTORPSYCHO! At the 3:20 mark the guitars go into a kind of "Schindleria Pr'maturus" riff while the rhythm section keeps up a jazzy foundation. A party-like cacophony enters during the sixth minute just to spice things up for a bit, but then we settle back into the Fish-like pattern until some voice samples throw everything off again. At 7:15 we shift into some Viking-like macho chanting before the music takes off at a sprint--as if running away from the Vikings. But, no! They're in pursuit, despite the laser shots from the soloing synth in the ninth minute and the loud power chord play from 8:45 to 9:15. A kind of JC Superstar lull precedes the blows of the start of the final battle at 10:00. (If that was a battle) it is quick and decisive as a heavenly choir of angelic voices seems to show the result before the brief high octane celebratory finish. (17.75/20)

6. "Wehr Mahr'" (5:37) captures amazingly well that menacing, frantic feel that underlies everything MAGMA seems to do. The slow build in the fourth minute is amazing! Hammond Organ solo before returning to the out of control pace and feel to finish. It's got me into a frenzy! Wow! What a ride! (10/10)

7. "M'a Orgata" (12:48) the CAMEL/SANTANA school of Zeuhl with the ZA! vocal choir! Awesome! Even throw in a little DICK DALE and ALLMAN BROTHERS sound/feel in the second half! (22.25/25)

8. "Hertz K'matt" (5:56) crazy and frenzied in a Zappa-Captain Beefheart kind of way--especially the vocals. Wild and theatric. Not unlike the Eastern European-influenced work of HUMBLE GRUMBLE or FARMERS MARKET. (9/10)

Total Time 61:13

A-/five stars; a minor masterpiece of upbeat and frenetic guitar-dominant Zeuhl. Great vocal performances and use of choir and chants.

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars Perhaps the only zeuhl band ever to emerge from the other F country in Europe, namely Finland, DAI KAHT formed in 2013 and took four years to release it's self-titled debut album in 2017 but unfortunately was still at the alter of Magma worship and came off as a bit too derivative for my tastes. What separated this band from its competition from the getgo was the fact that as a quartet DAI KAHT embraced the traditional rock instrumentation of guitars, bass and drums which by zeuhl standards is quite unique to have a barrage of guitar sounds performing those bubbling zeuhl rhythms. The heavy psych influences from the early 70s timeline cast the band in a more bombastic mood in the traditionally guitar-o-phobic world of zeuhl.

Three years later the returns with a slightly different lineup, a greater number of instruments and a much more developed sense of self thus taking the band out of the gravitational pull of Magma-isms and more into a stylistic approach that sounds somewhat unique although make no mistakes that the French zeuhl scene initiated by the great Magma is still the dominate source of inspiration here. The new lineup consists of founder Atte Kemppainen on lead vocals, bass, percussion, guitar, keyboards, drums and effects along with Oslo Saarinen on drums and percussion and Ville Sirviö on lead guitar, extra vocals and effects. Newbie Roope Pelkonen joins the team on keyboards and although Tommi Ruotsalainen is also on board, he seems to have been demoted to session musician status.

The band's second album simply titled DAI KAHT II also employs the talents of a five-member choir which really takes things into the zeuhl-o-sphere. IMHO this sophomore album which is much more creative in crafting more diverse soundscapes seems to have borrowed from another French source, namely the whacky and crazed modern avant-prog scene from bands like PoiL as heard from the zany rap-attack vocal style of the opening "Han?hin" which features funky bass slaps, psychedelic keyboard wizardry and instead of the usual martial militancy that often seems to come from dark places in the world of zeuhl. DAI KAHT seems to have harnessed a more festive vibe more in the vein of Magma's "Félicité Thösz" rather than the cold Teutonic marches of "Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh."

As the colorful 70s cover art implies, DAI KAHT still relies on healthy doses of psychedelic rock partially inspired by fellow countrymen Kingston Wall but on DAI KAHT II seems to have expanded its horizons manyfold and crafts a unique hybrid of zeuhl, avant-prog and psychedelia. Kemppaninen's vocal range has expanded greatly and the band seem to have found that chemistry they were striving for on the debut. Zeuhl is certainly an easy genre to fall into generic complacency but can also be fertile ground for some interesting explorative efforts. Perhaps the band finally landed on the imaginary world of its making and still makes use of its own created language for all those Magma-esque vocal scats. While the choir does evoke Magma, more often than not doesn't mine from the zeuhl universe at all but rather seems to have looked towards the spastic world of zolo art rock for inspiration. DAI KAHT II is a huge step up from the band's debut and i look forward to follow wherever this Finnish band decides to go next.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. Without question this is an improvement on their debut which for me was barely 3 stars. I complained about the lack of a keyboardist on the debut and they have added one here thankfully. This is still guitar driven Zeuhl although props to the band for having the bass pop more on this one plus they've added a guest five member choir that the whole band also adds to so we get some good Zeuhl chanting happening this time. I should embrace this band more since they truly are giving an alternative flavour to that Zeuhl style but as a huge fan of this sub-genre I acknowledge that there is a lot of Zeuhl music that crosses that line of good taste and it's almost always because of the vocals. That old line if you want to clear your house of party guests put on some MAGMA applies here.

My first spin is often telling and the vocals were the put off for me just because they sound too much like MAGMA and in particular Christian Vander's singing and chanting. It's like they took some vocal samples to copy that they liked from that legendary band and proceeded to mimic them very well. To the point of even having that "oh baby" stuff on here with that closer. Still that song is an amazing example of this whole album for me. Such highs that have me rocking out then the next minute I'm cringing. It's been a while I've had an album like this that is so up and down, so high and then so low. I really struggle with inconsistent albums which is keeping me from hitting that 4 star rating. I could go through this record revealing all the highs and the lows for my tastes, it's just one of those records. Yet I can't write this band off yet because I feel they are heading in the right direction but on the other hand why is this taking so long to sound like a legit Zeuhl band?

Like the debut I feel it starts off slow as the first two tracks here do little for me then that third track "Helvet Sttroi II" comes along like the closer with it's big swing up but then the down sections tame my enthusiasm. "Moa Orgata" is the longest at almost 13 minutes and my least favourite just because suddenly it's not Zeuhl anymore when the song starts out. Normal singing and sound but then that Zeuhl style arrives in spades with that MAGMA singing after 4 minutes. Best part of the album are those energetic sections without vocals on the closer, so good. Then the lame sounding Vander vocal style again curbs my enthusiasm(yeah I know).

This is a band who dares to try new stuff in this style of music but then also seems to copy in the vocal department. The dotted covers are unique and hopefully they keep this up as their signature look. A Swedish friend of mine told me that the Finns are crazy so I'm thinking this band may be on to something delving into this style of music. If nothing else this is such an entertaining album and the bass player and guitarist need to be acknowledged.

Latest members reviews

4 stars In my initial review of this album, I unfairly maligned it as simply a more guitar-centric Attahk. But that mischaracterization is part of the risk of writing a review after only a listen-and-a-half. There are plenty of blatantly Magma-ish moments (rapidfire Kobaian-inspired gibberish, scatting over ... (read more)

Report this review (#2904340) | Posted by TheEliteExtremophile | Monday, April 3, 2023 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If most Zeuhl-style albums make you think of the Kobaians preparing to invade and conquer a planet, this one could maybe be a take on their post-invasion party celebrations. Jazzy and upbeat but still with Zeuhl vocals and other elements. Zeuhl was new to me this year, and having started with Ma ... (read more)

Report this review (#2477060) | Posted by bartymj | Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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