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Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but even their first two albums wouldn't prepare the world for the completely over the top epic Mekanik Destruktiw Komanndoh. Sung in Vander's self-created language, Magma's music a cross between Carl Orff, John Coltrane and some dark-ass heavy metal!

Founded: 1969

Location: Paris, France


Magma Documentary, To life, death and beyond

A second documentary on Magma is looking for backers, please give them a look if you are so inclined, I did!


Magma set to tour North America

Tickets have gone on sale today for Magma's 2015 North American tour.

Magma is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.”

April 2 – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
April 10 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

Top, Jannick

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Bassist supreme

Founded: 1947

Location: Marseille

Website: Jannick Top - Accueil


Ex-Magma, Bernard Paganotti and Patrick Gauthier's zeuhl

Founded: 1977

Location: Paris


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Offshoot from Magma, Francois Cahen and Yochk'o Seffer offer world-class (albeit more traditional) jazz rock.

Founded: 1972

Location: Paris, France