Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Magma - Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh

One of the earliest influences on Math Rock and pretty much all other forms of experimental music. Elements of their sound can be heard in bands such as Ruins & Hella. Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 and is one of the best examples of the Prog rock scene that was happening in France at the time. Drummer and band leader, Christian Vader, created his own language called Kobaian that was often used for Magma's lyrics. The most stand out feature of their music is the incredibly layered choral style vocals (aka Operacore). Check it out.


Big Butter - From The Udder...

Short lived and super underground(they don't even have a wikipedia page), this Clovis, California band only existed from about 1987-1990. However, in that time they created some awesome music. Very quirky and often not fitting into any specific genre, their songs share a lot of similarities with The Residents. At the same time, Big Butter is much more approachable and probably easier to understand. Check out the spoken word section of "Bearded Horses", hilarious.