Friday, April 3, 2015

Magma - 2001 - Theusz Hamtaahk

Magma
2001
Theusz Hamtaahk - Trilogie




Concerts Des 13 & 14 Mai 2000

Theusz Hamtaahk 1er mouvement : Theusz Hamtaahk 

101. Malawëlëkaahm                    
102. Sëwolahwëhm öhn Zaïn                    
103. D/ëümb /ëwëlëss dölëhn                
104. Zeuhl Wortz                        
105. Gorutz Waahrn'                        
106. Tü lü lï /ë üi dü wiï                    
107. Sè lah Maahrï Donsaï                    
108. Slibenli dëh Theusz                    
109. Zortsüng                        

Stella Vander : chant, clavier, piano Fender
Isabelle Feuillebois : chant
Antoine Paganotti : chant, piano Fender
Jean-Christophe Gamet : chant
James Mac Gaw : guitare
Emmanuel Borghi : piano Fender
Philippe Bussonnet : basse
Christian Vander : batterie



Theusz Hamtaahk 2er mouvement : Wurdah Ïtah 

201. Malawëlëkaahm (Incantation)                
202. Bradïa Da Zïmehn Iëgah (L'initie A Parle)            
203. Manëh Fur Da Zëss (Ensemble Pour Le Maitre)        
204. Fur Dihhël Kobaïa (Pour La Vie Eternelle)        
205. Blüm Tendiwa (L'ame Du Peuple)            
206. Wohldünt M/ëm Dëwëlëss (Message Dans L'etendue)    
207. Waïnsaht !!! (En Avant !!!)            
208. Wlasïk Steuhn Kobaïa (Ascension Vers L'eternel)    
209. Sëhnntëht Dros Wurdah Süms (La Mort N'est Rien)    
210. C'est La Vie Qui Les A Menes La !            
211. Ëk Sün Da Zëss (Qui Est Le Maitre ?)            
212. De Zeuhhl Ündazïr (Vision De La Musique Céleste)    

Stella Vander : chant, percussions
Isabelle Feuillebois : chant, percussions
Antoine Paganotti : chant
Jean-Christophe Gamet : chant
Julie Vander : chant
Claude Lamamy : chant
James Mac Gaw : piano Fender, chant
Emmanuel Borghi : piano Fender
Philippe Bussonnet : basse
Christian Vander : batterie

Theusz Hamtaahk 3er mouvement : Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh 

301. Horts Fur Dëhn Stekëhn West                
302. Ïma Sürï Dondaï                    
303. Kobaïa Is De Hündïn                    
304. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanïk                
305. Nebëhr Gudahtt                        
306. Mekanïk Kommandöh                    
307. Kreühn Köhrmahn Iss De Hündïn            
308. Da Zeuhl Wortz waïnsaht (hymne de la Zeuhl Wortz)   
309. Kobaïa                       

Stella Vander : chant, percussions
Isabelle Feuillebois : chant
Antoine Paganotti : chant, piano Fender
Jean-Christophe Gamet : chant
Julie Vander : chant
Claude Lamamy : chant
Benoît Gaudiche - Yannick Neveu : trompette
Fred Burgazzi - Ronan Simon : trombone
James Mac Gaw : piano Fender, chant
Emmanuel Borghi : piano Fender
Philippe Bussonnet : basse
Christian Vander : batterie




Whatever your opinion, not one can say that Magma treads a path travelled by many. In progressive rock there are many a genre and direction but, however, few bands can honestly claim to be all that unique. (By "unique" I mean a sound that is only yours and where similarities to others are in abscense.) Ideas and inspirations are traded frequently and that is good. Magma are, on the other hand, a band which (nigh on) never took the path down the more walked upon soil in the land of Prog. They have maintained their sound and identity through out the ages and continue to do so. There is really no other band like them. That can be for better or worse but at least they are intriguing and genuinely groundbreaking.

This is the first complete "Theusz Hamtaahk" trilogy to be released in one package. In this case a 3 cd box set.This was recorded live in 2000 during their 30th anniversary concerts. It's basically the same lineup that would record "K.A." the following year.This is very highly rated by the fans. RYM site has it tied for first with "Retrospektiw I-II" as the highest rated MAGMA album while the Gnosis site has it in second after "Live / Hhai". For me it's an excellent live recording but i'd rate a few other live MAGMA albums above it. I think fans of "K.A." though will fall over themselves at how good this is.

Disc One is the "Theusz Hamtaahk" suite that was composed by Christian Vander between 1970 and 1973.This is the most stripped down lineup (8) that did these three compositions. Pretty much all of these tracks blend into one another.The chanting is certainly the prominant feature of this lineup much like that 1973 lineup that did "MDK". And it is pretty amazing to listen to the five singers (on this disc) work it up into a frenzy at times. Drums, piano and bass standout the most after the vocals.

Disc Two features a 10 member lineup and again the songs blend into one another making this come across as one long suite.This is the "Wurdah Itah" suite composed by Christian Vander in 1971.

Disc Three is the "MDK" suite and it boasts the largest lineup of 14 people and it's the only one with horns (trumpets & trombones).This suite was originally composed by Christian Vander in 1972 and is no doubt the most well known of the three.The "Nebeha Gudahtt" track is my favourite part of this compilation. It opens with a Bussonet bass solo and the crowd cheers wildly after 1 1/2 minutes but he keeps going then it all picks up after 2 minutes. Nice.The drums join in then Mac Gaw on the guitar. It's building. So good ! Electric piano from Borghi joins in as the guitar rips it up.Vocals after 6 minutes. How good is this ! It blends into "Mekanik Kommandoh" my second favourite piece on here.

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