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K.A (KÖHNTARKÖSZ ANTERIA)

Magma

 

Zeuhl

4.25 | 773 ratings

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koresea
5 stars I had a bad first step with Magma, about a year ago I listened to the first album of theirs (M.K.M) and was not impressed, I don't know if the day I listen to it I was not in the mood or just need more time to appreciate other music forms that would lead me to like this band, anyway; I gave them a second chance and listen to this album. What I received was a true masterpiece.

The album is composed of essentially 3 songs which sound like one great long piece, right at the start of "KA I" you could already see the epic feel of the music, it's very grandiloquent with chorals and orchestral sonority, this feeling is only broke by some jazz fusion moments, I must note that the guitars are probably the most impressive instrument in these sections with solos that are equally beautiful and that fit well at the moment.

The drums are the most important element for this mix of jazz and orchestral work, always switching from one style to another without losing any of the pace and still making it technically impressive. Christian Vander certainly is of the greatest prog-rock drummers.

It's important to note that although the lyrics are sung in a made-up language is very clear that the sounds are all very planned to fit the songs. It's like the chorals and the instruments are all layers in the music that are constantly being used together to give a spectacular form to the songs. An example of this can be seen in the first song where the female and male vocals sing separated sections that individually are incredible by themselves, but the greatest moment comes when the two chants overlap each other, creating a third and unique sound.

This is a simply perfect album, every single note sounds like was mean to be in that way being very clear the perfectionism put in the composition, something that gave great fruits with an album that can be considered an essential progressive rock masterpiece, something that must be listened by everyone who likes the genre. And even if you listen to this and didn't like it at the first moment, it's okay, everyone has its taste, but I certainly recommend giving it another try, because you can be truly astonished by its quality, as I was.

koresea | 5/5 |

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