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Mekanik destruktiw kommandoh

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Mekanik destruktiw kommandoh album cover
Hortz fur dehn stekehn west
Ima suri dondai
Kobaia is de hundin
Da zeuhl wortz mekanik
Nebehr gudahtt
Mekanik kommandoh
Kreuhn kohrmahn iss de hundin
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 38:50

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Mark Paytress


Magma, Mekanik destruktiw kommandoh
2014 | Label: Seventh Records / Believe Digital

Several notable prog-era groups utilized choirs and orchestral instruments — but none made music that sounded anything like this. Formed in Paris in 1969 and fronted by visionary drummer Christian Vander, Magma took the progressive ideal of infusing rock with the classical sensibility to unlikely extremes. Horns, xylophones, piano and a small but often rowdy choir augment the post-psych rock sound, but it's the cyclical format, with motifs recurring opera-style, that lends this 1973 set… read more »

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Best thing to come out of France since Clouseau!


Magma helped found a subgenre of a specifically French Prog rock subgenre called 'Zeuhl'. I can't tell you what the rest of that sounds like, because other bands who dabbled are hard to find, but I can say this: This sounds like absolutely nothing else on earth. This is true 'Rock Opera', but not like, say, 'Tommy'. This sounds like proper opera played with rock instruments - as well as heaping helpings of Jazz and traditional drug-addled Prog Rock. Love the horns especially! The vocals are either ludicrously deep or ear-piercingly shrill, but that doesn't matter because it's sung in a made up language! If you're not turned off by now, then definitely download this. I can't say I listen to it that often - it's just too heady - but it's a one-of-a-kind trip worth taking.

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A Masterpiece


Two years ago, at a relatively naive 17, I blindly bought this disc because I'd read rave reviews about it on a prog-rock blog. Hated it at first, but once everything sunk in, it quickly became an obsession and Magma is now one of my favorite bands. Vander has penned many flawless works, but I think MDK is probably his peak. At the very least, it is the best example of the band's unique brand of martial doom and gloom and is one of the most primal recordings imaginable. I personally prefer the Trilogie live version to any other, but this studio disc is essential for anyone looking to understand Magma's music.

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Said to be their best one.


Magma invented Zeuhl. You have to hear it to believe it. Very inventive and mixes everything in a swirling blender. But not for every taste....

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MDK ROCKS!!!!!!!!!


This was the other album I'd play at the geology field camps!!!! Dave Willoughby (Rest in Peace my friend) dubbed it Troll Music, but he would actually listen for a while, Kevin Clark would listen for a while, but would eventually seek shelter in the tents...Nothing like the wide open spaces and weird music...

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Don't listen to the other reviewer!


I downloaded the full album and the tracks are fine, none of them cut off improperly. It's an honest mistake though, the other reviewer may not have realized that all the tracks segue into each other, so if you only download one song it will sound like it's cutting off. The full album, however, is seamless.

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Cuts off


These downloads are flawed. I only downloaded Nebehr Gudahtt, but its shortned by .6 mb. Download at own risk!

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There is definitely quite a large step from Magma’s second LP, 1,001 Degrees Centigrade, to this one, their third. At the same time, MDK represents a transitional period: drummer/composer Christian Vander has definitely abandoned the jazzier leanings of the previous opuses and has now dived head first into martial hymns and a new form of progressive devotional music — extraterrestrial gospel. But he has also chosen to retain the brass section that gave Kobaïa and 1,001 Degrees Centigrade their signature sound. Therefore, the music has yet to become the relentless rhythmic kaleidoscope that the future would promise. MDK was introduced in the LP’s original liner notes (an illuminated delirium by Vander, who rechristens himself Zebëhn Straïn dë Geustaah — his text, the essence of which is a revelation transmitted to him by the Prophet Nebëhr Gudahtt, is the key text in Magma’s mythology) as the third movement of Theusz Hamttaahk, but it was the first one recorded. The previous two movements are “Theusz Hamttaahk” itself, often performed live but not recorded at the time, and Würdah Ïtah, which would become the group’s next album. All three album-length pieces share elements (some lyrics, rhythmic cells, and chord sequences), but they are individual stand-alone pieces. MDK showcased for the first time the incredible range of singer Klaus Blasquiz and introduced the ground-moving work of bassist Jannick Top, with and for whom Vander will develop an increasingly rhythm-heavy style, already present here. Between the meticulous developments of “Hortz Fur Dëhn Stekëhn West,” the possessed free-form screams in “Nebëhr Gudahtt,” and the hymnal chorus of “Mekanïk Kommandöh,” MDK is one giant creative blow to the guts, and unsuspecting listeners will be left powerless at the end of its onslaught of mutated funk, pummeling gospel rock, and incantatory vocals in a barbaric invented language. It remains one of Magma’s crowning achievements (together with Kohntarkosz) and the best point of entry into Christian Vander’s unparalleled musical vision. And if the literary concept bothers you, just ignore it: the music has more than enough power to do without it. – François Couture

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