Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Label: Seventh Records
Every once in awhile you hit a show being held by a band that although having been around for a number of years and having a teeming and devoted fan base, is a group that you walk into the show blind about. Such would be the case for me when it came to the band Magma, who is a Progressive Rock band that hails from France. They’ve been around since 1969 and were founded by the bands drummer Christian Vander. Since their inception they have released about thirty albums when one adds up the entire studio, live and compiled works. Oh yes, and there is one more thing about them – they sing in their own language. That might not strike you as strange since many bands from other countries do this, but the folks in Magma sing in a language of their own creation and that is Kobaian. This was surely going to be an interesting night for me since I was not only clueless about their material but had no idea what Kobaian was all about either. The show was happening at the Highline Ballroom which I felt was the perfect choice for the event and it would be done in front of a mostly seated audience. My friends and I arrived early enough to get comfortable and we were greeted on the street of the venue by people who were looking for tickets to get in. Could it be sold out? I thought to myself and yes indeed it had. I guess it makes sense in retrospect given the fact that the band seldom gets over here.
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