Magma Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh on 180g Import LP + Download
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh is considered by many to be the ultimate Magma masterwork. Recorded in 1973 at the Manor Studios in Oxford by a completely new line-up, the sole survivors from the previous incarnation of Magma were Klaus Blasquiz and, of course, Christian Vander. A long piece in 7 movements, M.D.K. had an extended gestation period before reaching its final, definitive form.
The previous incarnation of the group had recorded a shorter version - dominated by the brass section - which was released as a 45 rpm single. The progression from this simple version to what is heard here is astounding. Credit for this achievement goes to Vander, who by this time had taken the artistic destiny of Magma fully into his own hands.
Although the performance of the band was an order of magnitude more powerful than before - notably with the arrival of Jannick Top on bass, whose playing complemented Vander's music so perfectly - then perhaps the most striking characteristic of M.D.K. was the epic sound produced by the vocal team.
Driven by a colossal, giant-stepping rhythm section and dynamically reinforced by a female backing group - with Stella Vander appearing for the first time - the voices of Klaus and Christian come to haunt our souls through these magnificent songs which seem to emerge from our collective memory, conferring Magma's music with a timeless and universal character.
Magma Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh Track Listing:
1. Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West
2. Ima Suri Dondai
3. Kobaia Iss De Hundin
4. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanik
5. Nebehr Gudahtt
6. Mekanik Kommandoh
7. Kreuhn Kohrmahn Iss Deh Hundin