Header

K.A

Magma

Zeuhl


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Magma K.A album cover
4.28 | 425 ratings | 30 reviews | 49% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
progressive rock music


Write a review
Buy MAGMA Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. K.A I (11:12)
2. K.A II (15:53)
3. K.A III (21:43)

Total Time: 48:49

Lyrics

Search MAGMA K.A lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search MAGMA K.A tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Stella Vander / vocals, percussion
- Isabelle Feuillebois / vocals
- Himiko Paganotti / vocals
- Antoine Paganotti / vocals
- James Mac Gaw / guitar
- Emmanuel Borghi / piano, Fender Rhodes
- Frédéric d'Oelsnitz / Fender Rhodes
- Philippe Bussonnet / bass
- Christian Vander / drums, vocals, percussion

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

MAGMA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy MAGMA K.A Music


Zuhn Wol Unsai: Live 1974Zuhn Wol Unsai: Live 1974
MADE IN GERMANY MUSI 2014
Audio CD$12.80
$21.02 (used)
TrilogyTrilogy
Box set
Snapper UK 2012
Audio CD$15.12
$21.74 (used)
Live 1975Live 1975
Indie Europe/Zoom 2001
Audio CD$6.96
$5.63 (used)
Wurdah ItahWurdah Itah
Import
Imports 2009
Audio CD$18.44
$26.93 (used)
Mekanik Destructiw [Vinyl]Mekanik Destructiw [Vinyl]
Import
2009
Vinyl$59.94
Udu WuduUdu Wudu
Import
Indie Europe/Zoom 2003
Audio CD$6.67
$18.23 (used)
Uber KommandohUber Kommandoh
ATOM 2011
Audio CD$4.99
$3.38 (used)
Mekanik Destruktiw KommandohMekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh
Import
Imports 2003
Audio CD$30.55
$27.95 (used)
Felicite ThoszFelicite Thosz
Import
Seventh Records 2013
Audio CD$17.83
$14.99 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
DRUGON - PERFECT HALLUCINATION Psy-Trance CD NEW & SEALED Magma Records US $9.99 Buy It Now 40m 38s
Christian Vander - Magma - Wurdah Ïtah - Tristan & Iseult / Barclay, France LP US $26.99 Buy It Now 3h 51m
Magma - Retrospectiw3 CD Pop Rock US $34.29 Buy It Now 10h 7m
MAGMA (FRANCE) - SPIRITUAL - NEW CD BOXSET US $12.57 Buy It Now 19h 20m
KAYO DOT Blue Lambency Downward CD prog maudlin of the well magma Univers Zero US $13.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Magma: Concert Bobino 1981 (DVD) [USG] US $25.48 Buy It Now 1 day
Magma MGA42640 Dj Lp Bag For 40 Lp's - Black US $69.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Melmoth - La Devanture Des Ivresses cd 1969 Dashiell Hedayat Gong Magma MANTRA US $85.90 Buy It Now 1 day
Heldon - It's Always Rock and Roll 2 cd Richard Pinhas Lard Free Weidorje Magma US $29.90 Buy It Now 1 day
25 cd dvd zeuhl Magma Paga Archaia Potemkine Zao Ruins Koenji Hyakkei Cos Rialzu US $499.90 Buy It Now 1 day
MAGMA " S / T " RARE ORIGINAL FRANCE PROG - JAZZ 2LP 1970 EX TO NM- US $99.99 [1 bids]
1 day
ONDA VAGA-MAGMA ELEMENTAL-JAPAN CD BONUS TRACK E75 US $26.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Magma:4 DVD Obi & Booklets only[no cd gong christian vander pulsar not mini-lp Q US $66.50 Buy It Now 1 day
BERNARD SZAJNER SOME DEATHS TAKE FOREVER LP.Org.French Electronic MAGMA BLASQUIZ US $25.48 Buy It Now 1 day
ART ZOYD Musique Pour L'odyssée ORIGINAL ATEM LP FRENCH PROG ZEUHL MAGMA US $24.90 [0 bids]
1 day
Magma - Attahk LP - Giger cover - Rare French Prog -Christian Vander - VG++ US $15.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Giants of the Big Band Era: Charlie Barnet by Charlie Barnet (CD, 1994, Magma) US $3.99 [0 bids]
2 days
MAGMA Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh lp '73 US Orig Promo A&M Clean EX French Prog US $13.38 [2 bids]
2 days
MAGMA Kohntarkosz lp 1974 A&M SP-3650 French Prog Christian Vander EX Condition US $9.99 [2 bids]
2 days
Official Poster For Guitar Wolf Tour Magma Nov 2013 Australian Tour US $23.50 [0 bids]
2 days
Faton Cahen: Calme Dans Les Etoiles CD Calm in the Stars Magma Zao US $4.99 [0 bids]
2 days
ART ZOYD - SYMPHONIE POUR LE JOUR FRENCH PROG LP UNIVERS ZERO MAGMA ZEUHL US $30.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Magma Udu Wudu LP Tomato (TOM-6001) In Shrink Wrap W/ Sticker Prog Rock Jazz US $25.00 [0 bids]
2 days
MAGMA UDU WUDU 1988 DECAL LIK 18 A1 / B1 NEAR MINT CONDITION - RARE FRENCH PROG US $30.58 Buy It Now 2 days
cd AVANTGARDE Arde Nordheim "Tenebrae"/"Magma" NORWEGIAN COSMIC MASTERPIECE MINT US $14.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Magma - Les Voix-Concert 1992 [CD New] US $42.99 Buy It Now 3 days
CLEARLIGHT visions FRENCH SITAR PSYCH LP Gong Magma electronic new age prog rock US $10.00 [0 bids]
US $20.00 Buy It Now
3 days
Giants of the Big Band: Artie Shaw by Artie Shaw (CD, 1990, Magma) US $2.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Tenebrae: Magma, Nordheim, Arne, , Very Good US $18.32 Buy It Now 3 days
Atoll: Tertio Empty Promo Box [Japan Mini-LP no cd magma pulsar asgard pfm Q US $42.75 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma:3 Promo Box Mint[Japan Mini-LP no cd christian vander zund univeria zekt Q US $137.75 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma:DVD Promo Box [not Japan Mini-LP no cd gong christian vander pulsar Q US $95.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Gong: You Promo Box (Japan Mini-LP no cd steve hillage magma daevid allen Q US $90.25 Buy It Now 3 days
Heldon- Allez Teia (SHM-CD) (Richard pinhas,Magma, Zao,Ose,patrick gauthier) US $36.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma:Mythes et Legendes Vol IV DVD France All Region NTSC (christian vander Q US $33.25 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma:Mythes et Legendes Vol II DVD France All Region NTSC (christian vander Q US $38.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma:Mythes et Legendes Vol III DVD France All Region NTSC (christian vander Q US $42.75 Buy It Now 3 days
MAGMA - KOBAIA SHM-CD Japanese Mini LP CD US $34.99 Buy It Now 3 days
MAGMA - LIVE SHM-CD Japanese Mini LP CD US $34.99 Buy It Now 3 days
MAGMA - MDK SHM-CD Japanese Mini LP CD US $29.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Snellione-Molten Magma Underneath Da Streetz CD NEW US $11.04 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma - Magma - Mythes et Legendes Vol 4 [DVD] - VD7 US $50.42 Buy It Now 3 days
Magma - Magma - Mythes et Legendes [DVD] - VD4 US $53.01 Buy It Now 3 days
ART ZOYD "Musique pour l´Odyssée" LP, Univers Zero, Magma ... US $46.99 [0 bids]
3 days
ESKATON "Fiction", SEALED CD, Magma, Zeuhl, Univers Zero ... US $28.00 [0 bids]
3 days
MAGMA ATTAHK ORG. LP STILL SEALED FREE COMBINED U.S. SHIPPING LP US $2.99 [1 bids]
4 days
Visitors- s/t (SHM) Mini Lp (Didier Lockwood, Magma) US $36.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Magma - Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh [CD New] US $39.36 Buy It Now 4 days
KOURTYL JAPAN CD STELLA VANDER MAGMA FRENCH PROG SEAL US $22.94 [0 bids]
4 days
Giants of the Big Band Era: Harry James by Harry James (CD, Jan-1994, Magma) US $0.49 [0 bids]
4 days
MAGMA-INEDITS LIVE-Christian Vander-Orig French Tapioca LP-vinyl VG+ cover VG US $22.98 [0 bids]
US $29.98 Buy It Now
4 days
MAGMA (FRANCE) - FELICITE THOSZ [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD US $36.05 Buy It Now 4 days
MAGMA MERCI RARE OOP CD US $14.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Magma Kohntarkosz 2009 Japan Mini LP SHM CD L/E With Obi SJMD-8 OOP HTF Rare US $69.80 Buy It Now 4 days
Magma Kobaia 2009 Japan Mini LP SHM 2 CD L/E With Obi SJMD-4/5 OOP HTF Very Rare US $99.80 Buy It Now 4 days
Magma Kohntarkosz Anteria 2009 Japan Mini LP SHM CD L/E W/Obi SJMA-34 HTF Rare US $69.80 Buy It Now 4 days
MAGMA - HHAI LIVE (2CD BOX SET) NEW & SEALED US $20.38 Buy It Now 4 days
MAGMA:FELICITE THOSZ US $13.60 [4 bids]
4 days
COMBAT ASTRONOMY Dreams No Longer Hesitate CD prog/jazz metal Godflesh Magma NEW US $11.99 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh" A&M Records #SP-4397 (1973) USA Promo Copy US $199.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Magma/Zazie - Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh-Rodeo [Vinyl New] US $28.37 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA- Rock Duo Magma +5 Bonus Tracks (German band) (Garden of delights) US $19.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Magma KOHNTARKOSZ Christian Vander 1988 France 1988 Rex Vlll Seventh cd US $25.00 [0 bids]
5 days
Magma MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH M.D.K. 1988 France Rex Vll Seventh cd US $25.00 [0 bids]
5 days
BERNARD SZAJNER - SOME DEATHS LP Orig MAGMA BLASQUIZ NM/NM UK INITIAL INNER BAG US $59.99 Buy It Now 5 days
NORDHEIM, ARNE - TENEBRAE/MAGMA - NEW CD US $12.39 Buy It Now 5 days
Weidorje- s/t (Magma, Patrick Gauthier) US $18.99 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA UDU WUDU JAPAN MINI LP CD NEW OUT OF PRINT K2 REMASTERING VICP-63570 US $18.99 Buy It Now 5 days
NIL Heldon Magma.NYL. Free Shipping to your country. US $28.00 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA : UDU WUDU (6001) - RARITIES US $20.99 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA Inedits TAPIOCA original French release NEAR MINT US $48.95 Buy It Now 5 days
Lasry-Baschet: Chronophagie Structures Sonores sound sculpture+tabla psych Magma US $35.00 Buy It Now 5 days
Yochk'o SEFFER- My Old Roots (musea) (MAGMA, ZAO, NEFFESH MUSIC) US $19.99 Buy It Now 5 days
FLYING LUTTENBACHERS Destroy All Music Revisited CD avant thrash no wave magma US $14.99 Buy It Now 5 days
FLYING LUTTENBACHERS Gods Of Chaos CD avant thrash no wave magma orthr US $14.99 Buy It Now 5 days
FLYING LUTTENBACHERS Revenge CD avant thrash no wave magma orthrelm hatewave NEW US $14.99 Buy It Now 5 days
MAGMA COMO ESTA LA SITUACION ARGENTINA psych SEALED CD US $21.34 Buy It Now 6 days
CECCARELLI Same original French prog lp 1978 U.S. press Magma Zeuhl US $15.99 [0 bids]
6 days
Magma - Retrospektiv Iii [CD New] US $25.72 Buy It Now 6 days
Magma Kohntarkosz prog French import US $18.00 [0 bids]
US $24.00 Buy It Now
6 days
Magma Udu Wudu prog French import US $9.00 [0 bids]
US $12.00 Buy It Now
6 days
Electric Magma Coconut bangers ball CD US $10.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Zao- Ethnics 3 live (Magma, Speed Limit) US $18.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Zao- live in tokyo (Magma, Speed Limit) US $18.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Zao- live (Magma, Speed Limit) US $18.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Mint CHRISTIAN VANDER Offering Part 1/2 2-LP+Postcard GateFold FRANCE Magma US $99.98 Buy It Now 6 days
MAGMA / VANDER : Retrospective VOL 3 ZHEUL ROCK PROG FRANCE US $20.00 [0 bids]
6 days
MAGMA - USU WUDU - SNAP160CD US $13.75 Buy It Now 6 days
MAGMA INEDITS - FRENCH PRESSING - 1977 TAPIOCA TP 10 001 A / B NEAR MINT COND US $30.58 Buy It Now 7 days
?LISTEN n13110 LP MAGMA - French Original - GROOOOVY French Caribbean US $15.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Upsilon Acrux - Last Train Out CD SEALED/NEW magma prog math rock zeul henry cow US $12.99 Buy It Now 7 days
SCULPTURED Embodiment CD prog-metal agalloch maudlin of the well kayo dot magma US $13.98 Buy It Now 7 days
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM In Glorious Times CD Univers Zero RIO PROG magma NEW US $13.98 Buy It Now 7 days
SAX RUINS Blimmguass CD extreme Japanese prog zeuhl Koenjihyakkei zu magma guapo US $14.98 Buy It Now 7 days
RUINS ALONE s/t CD extreme Japanese prog zeuhl magma Koenjihyakkei boredoms NEW US $14.98 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGMA RISE - Lazy Stream Of Steel CD US $13.99 Buy It Now 7 days
FARBROR RESANDE MAC - Magma - 12" US $18.45 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGMA / CHRISTIAN VANDER RETROSPECTIVE VOL 3 1981 RCA NEAR MINT FRENCH PRESSING US $32.28 Buy It Now 7 days
MAGMA ATTAHK 1979 TOMATO / ARIOLA 200 685 NEAR MINT CONDITION GERMAN PRESSING US $32.28 Buy It Now 7 days
IHSAHN Das Seelenbrechen 2LP Emperor metallic prog NEW univers zero magma goblin US $34.98 Buy It Now 7 days

More places to buy MAGMA music online Buy MAGMA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for MAGMA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

MAGMA K.A ratings distribution


4.28
(425 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(49%)
49%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
32%
Good, but non-essential (11%)
11%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

MAGMA K.A reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!! K.A. is Kohntarkkosz Anteria.

Well there was an album I have been waiting for a while!! I gather that this is the first Magma all-original studio album since the 70's. I always fear for the results of such a prolonged group absence (Vander and other musicians here have had a quite extensive solo carreer) but those fears were quickly dis-pelled as the first notes of music reached my ears. The first two movements were written back in the 70's but had not found grace to Vander's eyes (and ears) to go on vinyl at the time. Only the third movement is relly new stuff.

I had heard this full track in concert last fall, and it sounded great but I was wondering how that would translate on studio record with modern technology. Actually , except for the pleasant 70's sounds , there are precious few real surprises here as the sound of this album is very close to what they did on vinyl some almost 30 years ago! You could swear that this was recorded in the same era. Outside Christian and Stella Vander, you might get some joy knowing that Bernard and Himiko Paganotti are related to the former Kobaian bassist and that this album is very related with Kohntarkosz. The third movement does start off (the first 9 minutes or so) in a unusual Magma fashion being more standard progressive. Quite unheard of and maybe a hint for future releases. The use of the flute is also unusual.

Magma is back and in prime form (they even credited some dog for this record) but on the downside of things and aside from an odd french line and some Maghreb yoddling (female youyous), there is not that much new under the Kobaian Sun.

If you are a fan, this is a must. If not , then investigate the classic 70's albums, first before this one. Guess on which side I am.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#34738) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, April 18, 2005

Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 4.5 stars at least - because if we give this 5 stars then MDK and Kohntarkosz will need 6 stars each.

This is the Magma album that fans have waited almost 30 years to hear, and it's easily on a par with the best of their mid 70s work. Fragments of this work have been heard before on Inedits, and the closing 'Alleluia' chorus can be heard on the early version of Kohntarkosz on BBC Londres 1974, but this is the first time the whole work has been presented (or finished, for that matter). In the rather convoluted sequence of Magma's Kobaian epic, this piece would come after Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh and acts as a sort of prequel to Kohntarkosz. Most of the album is closer to the Carl Orff stylings of Wurdah Itah and Mekanik Kommandoh than to the more instrumentally based Kohntarkosz or 1001 Degrees Centigrade, with Vander's trademark vocal arrangements sounding lovelier than ever. The new band are also true to the Zeuhl spirit, especially guitarist James MacGaw, whose clean tone and economical but melodic guitar lines recall the work of Claude Olmos in the '73/'74 line up.

Parts 1 and 2 are light and melodic pieces featuring dazzling interplay between piano, guitar and vocals, all underpinned by Vander's metronomically precise drums and some nicely judged bass from Philippe Bussonet. Part 3 opens with a lengthy instrumental passage (sounds like a synth but it was probably intended for flute or sax) which demonstrates the jazzier side of Vander's muse - it's surely no accident that a photo of John Coltrane is visible in the background of the snapshots of the band. Part 3 then builds to the kind of climax familiar from other Magma epics, culminating in what sounds like a distant cousin of the Hallelujah chorus.

This is also the best sounding of Magma's studio albums - modern recording techniques mean that every element of the complex arrangements is crystal clear, but thankfully the dodgy production values which spoiled albums like Merci have been abandoned in favour of a more natural sound.

As Hugues Chantraine said, newcomers would be better off starting with one of the classic 70s albums. If you're already a Zeuhl head, this album is essential.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Syzygy (BETA) | Report this review (#39194) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, July 11, 2005

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I have had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks with this cd while on vacation in Florida recently. As I write this review it is the highest rated MAGMA studio album on this site, and while that does surprise me there's no denying that this is an excellent record. There are 5 vocalists including Stella & Christian Vander, 2 keyboardists, MacGaw on lead guitar and Bussonnet on bass.

"K.A I" is led by multi-vocals and keys for the first minute then bass and drums join in followed by guitar. This song gets pretty intense vocally.Guitar returns 8 1/2 minutes in. Amazing track. "K.A II" opens with dramatic vocals and the song kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes. The female vocals are fantastic. It calms down after 4 minutes then the guitar comes in soloing. On a MAGMA RECORD ? Yes it does. The tempo continues to shift and change as it picks up after 6 minutes. I like the male and female vocal interplay. More guitar after 7 minutes as it comes and goes. Another calm 9 minutes in. More guitar after 11 1/2 minutes as vocals and intensity rise and fall for the next 3 minutes.Incredible tune. Each track gets longer and for me better.

"K.A III" opens with 9 minutes of pure bliss for me. My favourite section of the album. This is subdued yet jazzy, and I love the bass lines as keys play along. Female vocals join in on this melody 3 minutes in. Vander is so precise on the drums throughout this section. Amazing drum work. I just love the vibe, the mood of this passage. Unfortunately it does have to end. It changes 9 minutes in as eventually the guitar and bass shine as Vander pounds away. There is a great vocal / bass / drum section 13 minutes in. Bussonnett is a monster here for the first time reminding me of Mr.Top briefly. Christian takes the lead on vocals and guitar joins him. It starts to become intense again both vocally and instrumentally with a lot of hallelujahs shouted out. It finally calms down 19 1/2 minutes in as the bass lines with drums and hallelujahs continue.

Sure the majority of this record was composed back in the seventies, but this is one of the great comeback stories in music. This is essential for Zeuhl and MAGMA fans.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#163865) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, March 14, 2008

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars My first Zeuhl album. I suppose that it's important facts, because of weirdness (in neutral sense) of this genre, whole new genre (trying to be completely different). And even I used "not from this world" phrase in past, now it's literally meant to be. I have to tell that I was quite afraid of this. I expected something I will not understand and not like also.

But overall result surprised me. It's pleasant (Ray Bradbury's Martians? Also something alien?), even I understand just few basic facts about this completely new culture. For example this tracklist. Ascending from 11-16-21 minutes, almost unnoticeable, but it's here. And perfect mastering of chorals (which sounds like something you wouldn't expect in prog - hello, the name is Zeuhl). Language is its own chapter. No, I don't understand, but same thing with German/French, so it means nothing, except here it's more pleasant (than these hard languages, Italian for example is nice language for my ears). And you also know that this is alien language. Jazz elements are of course here, but just as support, not main thing. Describing this music is extremely hard (even I though same thing about other bands in past, but as time went bye, I pushed my limits), but as something different for open- minded man, it's pure progress.

But I don't dare to rate it with more stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Marty McFly (BETA) | Report this review (#236450) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Review by Zitro
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars K.A. is the first album I have heard from Magma. I've been often curious about this unique band and I felt like starting with their highly-praised modern album which I believed would sport top-notch sound production and a more accessible sound. While the album may be too unconventional for me, it appears to be exactly what the band wanted to produce and I think they really succeeded. The songwriting is simply fabulous, with different layers of sound interacting with each other naturally. The sense of dynamics is seems to have been carefully laid out, despite me not being a huge fan of the heavier vocal-led passages. Last but not least, the musicianship is very strong. Vander (drummer) is easily the highlight for me and would make even the most impressive jazz musicians proud.

In short, K.A. is an unusual mixture of jazz-fusion, intense classical music (Wagner comes to mind) and opera sung in a made-up language. In order to appreciate the artistic merit of this seemingly quirky record, you need to look at the theme. Magma created a concept of an extraterrestrial civilization throughout their discography. While the idea of writing alien songs and anthems might seem a pretentious, it works. The musical passages evoke a wide variety of moods and you need to let your mind visualize images and scenes brought by the music. Largely, this album seems to focus on prideful, joyous, and possibly spiritual anthems with a sense of community, as implied with the emphasis on vocal harmonies. Despite the music involving an alien civilization, the sound tends to be relatively acoustic and free of futuristic and electronic sounds. The leading instruments are the voice, piano, and bass&drums.

While the album is generally consistent in quality, there are moments that sound out to me, whether in a positive or negative way. The beginning of K.A. I is very memorable, with an oddly timed repetitive vocal theme being joined by the impressive rhythm section of Vander&Bussonnet. The first song is very coherent while displaying numerous musical themes, with the joyous vocal harmony around minute 6 being especially noteworthy. K.A. II also has its share of impressive passages. Minute 5 has the only guitar solo in the album, but rather than stealing the show, it plays tastefully in the background while the drums&vocals build in intensity. My only problem with K.A. II is the rather quirky vocal line that sounds something like "Beep! Beep! Pa Pa Ze Toh!". However, it is redeemed by the gorgeous mellow sections in the second half of this piece.

While you think they can't top the gorgeous second half of K.A. II, you're wrong. The first nine minutes of K.A. III involve a truly spectacular jazz-fusion jam that seamlessly builds into the most emotionally powerful vocal refrains of the album. This jazzy section features the keyboardist playing the fender rhodes electric piano and an analogue minimoog synthesizer. However, while the keyboardist takes an important role here, this section works so well thanks to the whole band, vocals included. While the drummer is consistently excellent throughout the album, he particularly shines here. He is the one who holds everything together and does it flawlessly. The next sections show a bit of anxiety and excitement and is faster-paced. Military-like drumming makes a presence before the climax. Unfortunately, the climax is my least favorite part of the album, due to it being too speedy and repetitive for my liking. It involves everybody proudly chanting a line that sounds similar to "hallelujah" phonetically.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Zitro (BETA) | Report this review (#242671) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, October 03, 2009

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars After the release of "Köhntarkösz" I started to loose interest in MAGMA, they seemed to loose that lunatic freshness and started to sound as part of the machinery, what surprised us in their first albums, became boring and predictable.

So I stopped buying more of their albums, but reading the reviews in Prog Archives (due to a mention of my friend Atkingani) decided to give "K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)" a chance, and I don't regret this decision, even when I bought the album a few days ago, I feel in capacity of reviewing it, because I have listened it several times with extreme attention, and believe me "K.A" is in the level of the best MAGMA albums, only that sounds better because of the technology used.

Sometimes a band has to recognize that their early works are their best, and even when some people believe they should keep evolving, is better to return to the roots and produce great material rather than keep experimenting and loose coherence with each album. This is what MAGMA does in "K.A" (well, not properly a return, because "K.A I" and "K.A II" are previously unreleased material from 1974 -if I'm not wrong-), they return to the roots and release an excellent album that sounds as fresh as "Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh" or "Köhntarkösz" did on their time, as a fact sounds as a long time delayed sequel of second mentioned album.

"K.A I" opens the album with strength and originality from the first instant, "Christian Vander" sounds better than ever and the chorus with male and female voices is amazing. Even when it may sound a bit repetitive, the originality of the concept and the magnificent piano performance by "Emmanuel Borghi" it doesn't bore for a single second.

The song gives no rest to the listener, they use each and every free second and cover it with music, no silent spaces, as if they didn't required to breathe. The changes are not as violent as we are used in Progressive Rock, they are gradual, but more radical than the listener can imagine. Even the habitual lunatic touches as rings, whistles and wheezing sound absolutely coherent and perfect in the context of the track.

The instrumental passages give a bit of relief after the madness, and the balance required, this is Zeuhl at it's best.

"K.A II" starts dramatic and epic, with the excess of pomp and brightness that I love so much, maybe the casual listener will find it too excessive, but the clear "Karl Orff" reminiscences are simply delightful.

Even though is as frenetic as "K.SA I" in some moments, MAGMA adds several calmed and soft passages with jazzy atmospheres and beautiful melodies, but never loosing their typical horror to silent spaces.

The blending of male and female voices is as tasteful as it can be reminding of WAGNER'S operas, not a single weak moment, the arrangements are perfect from start to end, another outstanding track.

For what I know, "K.A III" is the only really new material ("K.A I and K.A II" were written in the early 70's but never used by the band), and the difference is clear, unlike the previous songs, MAGMA starts with an instrumental section, in which they seem to jam creating a Psychedelic atmosphere only interrupted by the feminine howling chorus that provides a mysterious edge, somehow it's basic and tribal but full of beauty and imagination, but this is the longest track in the album (21:43) and we should expect some surprises.

Around the eight minute and after a vibrant transitional passage, the usual weird vocals start, they move from celestial chorus to more tribal explosions, the contrapuntal encounter between male and female voices create a violent atmosphere and Vander helps to create this controlled cacophony with the strong percussion, this guys haven't lost the touch, the music is as strong as 30 years ago.

As the time passes, the vocals become more and more aggressive, the dissonant singing is the general rule, simply delightful and brilliant specially with the unusual and frantic Hallelujah chorus that has nothing in common with Handel's. A great song from start to end.

Despite I have reviewed more than 300 albums in Prog Archives, few times I had so little problems in rating an album, in the 70's or in 2004 , "K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)" deserves 5 solid stars without ay doubt, not a problem is other albums are more solid, I rate the releases individually and this one deserves full rating.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Ivan_Melgar_M (BETA) | Report this review (#244760) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, October 15, 2009

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars KA came as a huge surprise to me. A couple of excellent live release and that one album not withstanding, Magma hadn't released anything since 1978. That is 26 years!

Apparently, 26 years must be nothing on Kobaia as the music on KA is exactly what you can expect from vintage Magma. As if time stood still. Yes it doesn't offer any change to the sound of their golden years but I don't think that is the point of this release. It's also not what I expect from an artist this late in their career. I'm perfectly happy to see that the groundbreaking innovation of yore has been reaffirmed and that the band shows a solid musical maturity.

The album mainly consists of material written in 74 that was not deemed good enough for release by Vander back then. Some of it can be heard on the premature version of Köhntarkösz on the Live in London release. Rumour goes that parts I & II consist of old material and that part III is new. If you heard the Live in London, you'll know that also much of part III re-uses old material.

Despite all this reworking, the band sounds inspired and enthusiastic, and again their music grabs me right from the start till the end. Simply marvellous how they build up the tension and hypnotize me with their primal energy and those tribal rhythms. Part III contains some spacey improvisations that we haven't heard much from Magma, it makes for a nice interlude that is more accessible then their usual density.

Just like E-Re, this album largely consists of earlier released material. But unless you're a collector, chances are quite low you will have heard any of it. It makes KA an essential purchase for Magma fans and a recommended one to any one else.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Bonnek (BETA) | Report this review (#284430) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Review by Sinusoid
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars How's this for a surprise story; Magma returns after a near 20-year dormancy period, and they produce a contender for the best Zeuhl experience ever. It gets even more incredible if you were a Magma fan before hearing the album (as I was) and discovering that K.A. has so much in common with the 70's Magma works, it's as if they never took a break.

K.A. is short for Kohntarkosz Anteria, and the music has a strong connection to the '74 classic Kohntarkosz. The organic nature of the compositions in Kohntarkosz is mixed here with the strong choir work that made MDK a Zeuhl classic. In essence, K.A. sounds like the halfway point between MDK and Kohntarkosz, so any classic Magma fan would not be disappointed with this release.

Part 1 has the most in common MDK with it's many different choir-led themes in the first five- odd minutes, great enough to be considered a modern Zeuhl classic. The second half is more embryonic and heavy (for a bit) then soft. Part 2 chiefly revolves around one operatic figure but goes through several morphs and configurations that could only be described as Zeuhl. Part 3 begins with spooky, spacey synth thingys gradually building in intensity until we get the scary apocalyptic type of music only Magma could deliver; the kind that subversively scares you.

MDK will always be THE classic Magma album. But with the way the album is structured, how it morphs and shapes throughout and how powerful the compositions sound, this is already worthy of ''classic Magma'' status despite not yet being ten years old (at the time of writing). It's what we all want out of a Zeuhl album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Sinusoid (BETA) | Report this review (#295479) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, August 20, 2010

Review by zravkapt
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
4 stars Not many were expecting a new Magma album in the 2000s. K.A. turned out to be not only one of the band's most consistent efforts, but the best sounding up to this point as well. The first two parts were composed in the 1970s; this was supposed to follow MDK but come before Kohntarkosz. In fact K.A is short for Kohntarkosz Anteria. Christian and Stella Vander are the only members from the '70s here.

"K.A. I" starts off jazzy. Things get more interesting after 5 minutes. The vocalists are chanting "Kohntarkosz". Some nice Fender Rhodes near the end. "K.A. II" starts with the beginning part of "Kohntarkosz Part 1". After about a minute there is an upbeat and joyous sounding section. Great vocals in this part. This section comes back later. You rarely ever heard Magma so happy sounding. The very end of this track reminds me of Univers Zero.

"K.A. III" was a new piece written for this album. It begins with a piano chord and cymbals. It then goes into a part with guitar playing similar to what David Gilmour does on The Wall; also the same kind of playing you hear in songs like "Edge Of Seventeen" or "Eye Of The Tiger". There probably is a term for that kind of sound, but if you know the songs I mentioned then you know what I'm talking about. With that guitar there is a mini-solo on synthesizer. Christian does some great drumming in this part. Later there is a real synth solo. Before 14 minutes there is a really good section. I like the female vocals here. Near the end you hear what sounds like "Hallelujah" repeated. It's actually "Alleluia".

The bass is not as prominent as on other Magma albums. Both the male and female vocals are well done. The Rhodes and synth playing are very '70s sounding, even on the more recent part three. This would actually make a good introduction to Magma. Even though the lyrics are in Kobaian, the singing sounds like it's done in an actual Earth language. One of the best prog releases of the 2000s. 4 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to zravkapt (BETA) | Report this review (#317637) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review by friso
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Magma - K.A (Kohntark Antenna) (2004)

This is the very promising comeback album of Zuehl and Avant-garde prog legend Magma, headed by composer/drummer Christian Vander. This concept album is the latest release of the Konterkosz triologie, but it's actually the opening momevent (with Konterkosz as a second and the 2009 release E-Re as the third piece).

When it comes to sound this album reminds me most of the Wurdah Itah album of 1975. The piano plays a central role, the arangments aren't too bombastic (no wind-section, relatively small vocal arrangements) and there's plenty of space for break-through rhythmical composition and adventerious atmospheres. The bass-guitar s distorted and the drums highly fanatic, just perfect. Magma is clearly recognisable, but it doesn't repeat it's old methods. There is more use of the guitar, the opening section of K.A III shows Magma playing a modern interpretation of fusion and some parts have atmospheres the band didn't play before.

Besides that, the album is also a rather positive sounding Magma record. From the three parts (K.A. I, II & III) of this 49 minute piece both K.A. I and K.A II sound rather encouraging and sympathetic, with some darker intermezzo's we wouldn't want to be without ofcourse. K.A III has many faces. The opening section evokes a feeling as if you were in some jungle, but when the great rhythm section starts (in a very odd time-signature) it becomes a slight dark, moody, repetitive but strong effort. I'm not too happy with the long digital moog solo, but the vocal arrangements on the end of this opening section are a real treat. The middle- section of K.A III is again a fairly positive and adventerious one, if rearranged it could almost fit in with 'normal' progressive rock. The long ending section (with the long Hallelujah secton) is a bit dissapointing for me. The instrumental parts are good enough for me, but when the continues Hallelujah vocals come in I loose interest. It's a pitty the very ending of this till then perfect album doesn't work for me.

Conclusion. I couldn't think of a band more welcome to join our 21th century progressive rock genre then Magma. Most come-backs are about finding balance between maturity and accepting bands can't always play as good as they did in the seventies. But not for ths band. Magma has become even better and their live performances are still perfect in every aspect today. This album proves that old material lying on shelves can be reproduced and finished and that the result is perhaps the best album of 2004 (though some might have difficulties with the Zeuhl genre). Four and a halve stars for this one.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to friso (BETA) | Report this review (#428585) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, April 07, 2011

Review by Andy Webb
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Admin / Heavy Prog Team
5 stars I really want to know what they're saying

If I could have my pick of the oddest genre of music available today, my pick would certainly be Zeuhl. A mixture of jazz fusion and opera and a host of other otherworldly music genres, Zeuhl is no run-of-the-mill music. Magma, the French band that singlehandedly created the style, also created their own language to sing their "lyrics" in, Kobaian. On every album, a host of operatic singers whip out wooping and warbling melodies attached to this peculiar language. K.A., short for Kohntarkosz Anteria, shows no variation from this crazy style. Filled with great harmonies and melodies and jazzy piano and rhythmic work, the album is really fantastic. In the concept of one fifty minute long track, it flows beautifully, creating a massive and grandiose soundscape for pure aural pleasure.

To start off, let me first express the level of difficult in reviewing music such as this. I'm still what one might call a Zeuhl "noob", with little experience other than this album and one of two others, so decrypting the complexity of such music proves? well? difficult. KA 1 starts off with a rocking operatic jazz fusion piece, with some fantastic rhythms by Christian Vander and some melodic hooting from the various vocalists (of course I would comment on the concept if I had any idea of what they were saying). The part whips in an out of rocking Zeuhlian rock beats and jazzy breakdowns and melancholy sections, all crescendoing into the climax: a tongue-rolling, buzzing, soaring section of great avant-garde mastery, and a fantastic conclusion to this section of the track.

KA 2 stars off much slower than I, with a more drawn out feel. The track very slowly builds, with that constant quiet underbeat. Eventually it begins to break into the main theme of the track, with various jazzy breakdowns along the way. The guitar work on this track is nice and Oldfield-esque, with mellow folky solos and minimal, quiet use. The rhythmic backings are again superb, with Vander's unique drumming style being used to its fullest extent. The whole part has numerous part changes and dynamics, adding to the overall ambience of this great track.

KA 3 is by far my favorite of the three, and also the longest and most grandeur in stature. Crashing open with a bang and quickly retreats to slowly build into a killer synth-based section, the song has no trouble becoming one of the more diverse Magma songs I have heard. With a much chiller, more calculated approach to sound, the song adds a fantastic dynamic to the album, with a much more "traditional" prog sound, as well as obvious Zeuhl influences. The entire track is much more heavily instrumental, with much less emphasis on the wooping vocals, which is a nice break from the hollering and other vocal noises (which are nice, but can get tiring). We can see Vander and co at their best performance, whipping out an epic 20+ minute jam session between each instrument. The jazzy communication between each member is superb, sound almost like complete and total improve throughout. Overall, this track is certainly my favorite on the album, and a stupendous Zeuhl song overall.

ALBUM OVERALL: As a very "immature" Zeuhl fan, I can say that this preliminary album is a perfect pseudo-introduction to a blooming love of the genre. Fusing opera with jazz with prog with rock with avant-garde with so many more genres, Zeuhl is truly the definitive "everything" fusion genre, and this album certainly exemplifies those qualities. Overall, the near 50 minute long track contains some really superb moments, and although I can't understand what the vocalists are talking about, the vocal melodies are superb and really fit the atmosphere of the music. The album is certainly a fantastic starting point for any prospective fan of the band or the genre, as I was and I'm sure others will be. Although this phrase may be rather cliché in describing this band, this music really is not of this world! 5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Andy Webb (BETA) | Report this review (#434228) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, April 15, 2011

Review by Starhammer
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Sonic perfection...

The second album in the Kohntarkosz trilogy.

The Good: There are very few bands that are able to return to the studio after twenty years and recapture the essence of their classic era. There are even fewer who go on to produce their best work to date yet Magma somehow manage to pull this off with what is simply one of the greatest albums ever recorded! Whereas some of their older material had me absolutely captivated for half of it and looking at my watch for the rest, these three pieces are just flawless from start to finish. Despite being a member of one of the more obscure genres known to man, K.A is also strangely accessible and I was able to successfully introduce a friend to zeuhl through this album, and he rarely ventures from his safe haven of hard rock and country. I could bang on all day about how mind blowingly amazing K.A is, but rather than wasting your time reading about it you should get out and actually listen to it!

The Bad: Like asking Edwin Starr, what is war good for?

The Verdict: If this isn't your cup of tea then your tongue is probably dead.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Starhammer (BETA) | Report this review (#500846) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Twenty years after Merci - a Magma release in name only -and nearly three decades since Magma's studio albums began drifting away from the epic album-length Zeuhl suites the group were known for, Magma make a triumphant return to the studio to finally lay down a definitive version of Kohntarkosz Anteria. The golden age Magma style of Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, Wurdah Itah, and Kohntarkosz is back in full force, the band's reunion for the Theusz Hamtaahk trilogy concerts in 2001 clearly being more than a flash in the pan, and with modern production values applied lovingly to the recording they've ever sounded better. The original and best flavour of Zeuhl is back!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#674622) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars Take percussionist Christian Vander, throw in some bass by Philippe Bussonnet, mix in Electric Piano by Fr'deric D'Oelsnitz, sprinkle over Guitar by James Mac Gaw, blend in Piano by Emmanuel Borghi and then garnish over with layered choral vocals by Vander, Antoine Paganotti, Himiko Paganotti, Isabelle Feuillebois, and Stella Vander and what do you have? A plateful of Magma. 'K.A.' is typical of their trademark sound, that nobody would dare try to emulate. This is going to test the ears of many listeners but for those initiated into the cultish Magmaverse it is a mesmirising journey that hold immeasurable power.

I have already been officially weaned on Magma through force feeding myself an overdose of 'Kobaia', '1001 Centigrades', 'Me'kani'k De'strukt'ẁ Ko'mmando'h', 'Wurdah Ita', 'Udu Wudu', 'Attahk', 'E'mme'hnte'htt-Re' and 'Live/Hhai', so this album 30 years or so from their last, was definitely no surprise; and in fact exactly what one should expect from Magma, right down to the alien Kobaian vocals. These intonations that are indecipherable and remain hidden for eternity, are without meaning and yet brimming over with vitality and a sense of grandeur that every Magma album must have. After a hiatus the band were back in full force and playing the type of music that has earned them a huge following that has never faltered. The vocals on this first track are beautifully realised, especially the female choirs, they are very moving and so well performed. Especially so when it breaks into that uplifting melody at 6 and a half minutes in. It sounds like the vocals say, 'sit down my slave, this is meaningless', then there are vocal trills and snake hisses which would perhaps send the average music listener running for cover. It is not essential to understand the meaning as one brings their own meaning to this music. It is so absolutely out of the box and unique, it is admirable. Once it locks into your cerebral cortex, it is like a drug where you want more and it hypnotises with its rhythms and insistent vocals. At one point it sounds like the choirs are singing, 'why stab a murder song', why indeed. There are angelic passages of beauty at 10 minutes in, and I love the way it moves into a dreamy atmosphere.

Part II starts with a grand choir of vocal intonations lifting higher and higher and then levelling out as a bass groove locks in with some nice percussion hi hat work. The female voice has a beautiful timbre in her voice, then a choir sounding like 'beep beep my faster car, beep beep my faster car, followed by a male singing proudly, 'I have a fat saveloy.' Despite the hilarious task in creating false translations that Magma often ensues, the music is very infectious. The Koba'an language is quintessential to the distinct approach along with the avant-prog nuances, and switching of time signatures, mixed in with theatrical choir arrangements. The Zeuhl genre is incomplete without Magma of course, the progenitors of the movement, so it is impossible to criticize their uniqueness and bombastic other-worldliness. The part at 9 minutes sounds like 'the music scattered Robin Hood', and I agree, except Robin Hood would be swinging clear of this type of music. I really like the way the music simmers in the frying pan at one point and some sweet female voices sing over a plaintiff keyboard, chanting over and over 'a manic symphony' which may be an apt explanation of the music. One can easily hear 'Allelujah' at one point which is not Kobaian but works. It builds into more forced choirs and the mood gets as dark as Magma can get with staccato piano crashes and a tirade of drum detonations to finish it off as a mercy killing.

Part III is an epic that continues with more fast paced tempos, a cool guitar riff chugs along sounding not unlike Pink Floyd's 'Run Like Hell' from 'The Wall' at one point, and it locks into a pleasant funky groove with some outstanding atmospheric chimes and woodwind. Vander's drums have that wonderful sporadic tempo that has made him one of the drumming geniuses of our age. This builds with wailing choirs that have a haunting ethereal quality along with the jungle sounds, shivering rattlesnake shakers and tribal rhythms. The choral voices build into a loud frenetic chant that could be translated as 'Nobody sold out Rolling Stones', when we all know they did. When Vander sings on his own at the next point it sounds more like German than Kobaian. A lead guitar takes over as the male and female choirs continue to argue with each other. The drums win the argument and then it all breaks into a jazzy exploration with some of the best metronomic tempo changes on the album and the oddest time sigs on the planet. The sheet music would be a mess one would have to think. The Wagnerian opera music finally breaks into bass and drum blitzkrieg. Then more vocals try to explain what is going on and it can be translated as 'who had sat there, we'll do something, don't lick the mustard, do it Monday, do it Sunday, the mighty Sunday, very simple, as it can be, not so sooky, don't preach the candy, bury the sunbeam, berry sun cream, women love me, women sulking, messy sun cream, messy sun cream.' It is a hoot to listen to as it is all nonsense and it makes as much sense as it needs to as it backs up the frenetic music shapes and metronome swinging tempo meters. The choir chant 'Allelujah' again, the only English I can decipher and it is quite stunning as an augmentation to the wild musical expulsions. It builds at the end with threatening power to explode all over the planet, spreading the Magmanificent music worldwide.

At the end of the album as usual with Magma I can only shake my head in awe at the boldness of the group and how music like this can be created. It is incredible with it's primal energy and primitive dynamism and will appeal to their target audience, though I have no idea who that is. Magma are popular enough to pull decent crowds and their return to the studio after so many years of hiding on planet Kobaia was definitely well received. They seem to be more popular than ever judging from the recent colossal box set and DVD packages. Nothing had changed in their music from the germination of the group on 'Kobaiah' to their resurrection with 'K.A.'; if anything, they had become more daring, extreme and adventurous. This album may not measure up to the astonishing genius of 'M.D.K.' but I can still respect 'K.A.' as yet another glorious triumph for the mighty other worldly Magma.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#850907) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, November 04, 2012

Latest members reviews

5 stars One of the best returns ever! Only three songs are enough to say that Magma have came back! I love this one because it's one of the first Magma albums i heard (along with 1001º Centigrades and Udu Wudu). This album is the second part of the Kohntarkosz trilogy, being Emehnteht-Re the third an ... (read more)

Report this review (#807048) | Posted by mau | Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A very polished, mature MAGMA, with some new sounds (vocally), some great sound recording, some missing sounds (horns), and one of the best Zeuhl 'songs' I've yet heard (I'm still very new to this sub-genre, but I LOVE ZEUHL!! I think this is the music I've been missing--that I've been waiting for-- ... (read more)

Report this review (#471575) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars In recent months, come to discover the wonderful world of progressive rock .Exploring "more of the same",only to explore new and unknown bands, I found myself in a night of boredom and I made a decision. And then I heard the strangest album of my life. Magma is a French progressive rock ba ... (read more)

Report this review (#450355) | Posted by voliveira | Friday, May 20, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars K.A ? 2004 (2.8/5) 10 ? Best Song: I'm on my hands and knees, here. And here we are once more, in the battlefield of the broken hearts. And here we are once more, in the shadow of another Kobaian epic, this time around it's a prequel to the archeologist from the Kohntarkosz album who entere ... (read more)

Report this review (#443280) | Posted by Alitare | Thursday, May 05, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Unrelenting assault of Stravinskian jazz with a space rock edge. It still baffles me how Vander managed to put together (and perform; oh god the drumming) such a fantastic album like this one at such a late point in his career; unlike other old school bands who wither in quality and creativity as ... (read more)

Report this review (#308945) | Posted by The Neck Romancer | Monday, November 08, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Comeback of the millenium! This was my first Magma and first zeuhl album. On my first spin, I was pretty astonished. I though to myself: "Is this music too intense for me? Are all these singers a little too over the top? Is a made up language a little too pretentious for my tastes? (which i ... (read more)

Report this review (#298059) | Posted by DisgruntledPorcupine | Wednesday, September 08, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Magma is a group from France that debuted in 1970 under the direction of the great drummer Christian Vander. The music is quite unique; unlike most music which is written and then english (swedish/french/japanese/etc) lyrics are attached to it, this music was literally created from the languag ... (read more)

Report this review (#292851) | Posted by Relayer Duos | Saturday, July 31, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars So this album was very good, nicely structured, and I really liked the vocals (Excluding the vocals of course). The biggest problem with this album is the price of it contrasted to the amount of material. Normally isn't that large of a problem to me but honestly three songs. Thats a very sm ... (read more)

Report this review (#284629) | Posted by elder08 | Wednesday, June 02, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars K.A. strikes the best balance between atmospheric build-up and strong musical ideas of any album I have heard. Everything is crystal-clear, much clearer than any other Magma studio release. Still many intense moments, but the sound is more conventional and should be accessible for most proggers. ... (read more)

Report this review (#171139) | Posted by Charousek | Thursday, May 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Magma return! An even twenty years divide this release and Magma's previous studio effort, Merci. And a solid six years divide Merci from Magma's last good release, Attahk. Magma fans have gone long without fresh sustenance: but our waiting has paid off. (I say our, but I didn't even acquire my f ... (read more)

Report this review (#168334) | Posted by Shakespeare | Monday, April 21, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Rating: A+ Has the thought ever occurred to you that Christian Vander, founder and mastermind of Magma, might be a cynical, plotting, evil genius? Well, look no further than K.A. (short for Kohntarkosz Anteria) for proof. The music was written around the same time as the masterpieces M.D.K. and ... (read more)

Report this review (#163497) | Posted by Pnoom! | Saturday, March 08, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first Album I heard from Magma, was M.D.K. At that time I found it intriguing and at the same time fascinating. I knew I was in the path to find something completly fabulous. M.D.K. is perhaps the most difficult album from Magma, the hardest to digest, but once I did, It took me to heaven. ... (read more)

Report this review (#159625) | Posted by progmex_addict | Thursday, January 24, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After more than 20 years K. A. is new studio recording of French Zeuhl Legend (and maybe the first real French Rock related band ever) Magma! The music is over 30 years old but never before recorded. K. A. (Köhntarkösz Anteria) includes three suggestive musical parts (with pretty good ol' soun ... (read more)

Report this review (#79297) | Posted by Rainer Rein | Thursday, May 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars the missing (or unfinished?) EPISODE between M.D.K and Köhntarkösz...Köhntarkösz Anteria abreviated as K.A is probably the most surprising event in years. Cristian Vander's new band were challenged to try to defeat the time aranging everything to sound as a past line-up. Moreover, they unders ... (read more)

Report this review (#40764) | Posted by rafabal | Friday, July 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars what can i write about the best band of the universe? (between 1973 and 1976 ......) ;-))) K.A is an epic writed in 1972, never released before and it's a masterpiece all good magma elements are back again, far way of this bad and poor music that vander made since "attahk" in 1977. but th ... (read more)

Report this review (#34741) | Posted by anesthésie | Sunday, May 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars the "new" magma album is a absolute must for all people intrested in some orginal music that is not been beaten to death. It compromises 3 parts (some more joyful than others) where i would say part III stands out best. Pure magma and just as good as mdk,udu wudu,attahk if not better..... ... (read more)

Report this review (#34739) | Posted by zebehnn | Wednesday, April 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of MAGMA "K.A"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.56 seconds