BAND/AUTHOR:

JAZ COLEMAN

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
MAGNA INVOCATIO (2019)
LABEL:
UNIVERSAL
GENRE:
ROCK

"Jaz Coleman offers us a new way to listen to Killing Joke, in symphony! If the whole is sometimes a bit indigestible and redundant, we can still accept to be lulled!"
ADRIANSTORK - 10.02.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
3/5
For the past 40 years, Jaz Coleman has always cultivated a refined taste for the occult, esotericism and religious beliefs in Killing Joke's lyrics. This extraordinary group has ventured into all musical genres while remaining coherent. Interested in symphonic music, among other things, Jaz became a composer (linked to the Prague Symphony Orchestra) transforming the music of groups such as Nirvana or Led Zeppelin into orchestral reveries. With ''Magna Invocatio'', Jaz teamed up with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra to revisit Killing Joke. 

For this symphonic facelift, Jaz Coleman could have concentrated on Killing Joke's hits but that would be to misunderstand the man. The corpus includes pieces from the last six albums, with the exception of 'Adorations' from 'Brighter Than Thousand Suns' and 'Intravenous from 'Extremities, Dirt And Various Repressed Emotions'. The latest one ''Pylon'' even provided three songs! Most of these songs have a rather pronounced melodic dimension. Two pieces were composed for the occasion, the flamboyant introduction 'Absolute Descent Of Light' of Straussian and Wagnerian inspiration and Alice Bailey's prayer 'Magna Invocatio (Gloria)'. Unsurprisingly, the arrangements for strings and choirs are well done.

Jaz reveals an epic breath of air close to the great movie composers without revolutionising the genre. Although the orchestration of the songs has been modified, the melodic essence of the original material has been respected. The tension is at its peak ('Intravenous', which opens different rhythmic and dramatic doors and culminates with low choruses, 'Into The Unknown'), the anxiety comes as a surprise (on 'Invocation', The strings faithfully follow Geordie Walker's riffs while a new dramatic intensity is found thanks to the marriage of the male and female choirs), the emotional punch is increased tenfold as 'The Raven King' (dedicated to the late musician Paul Raven) turns into an energetic lament. 'Euphoria' (the younger sister of Moody Blues' 'Night In White Satin'), 'You'll Never Get To Me' and 'Adorations' take us on a grandiose journey through a landscape devoid of platitudes.

However, the score is not perfect. First of all, one could be a little weary of the length of the opus. This symphonic journey culminates in a little less than an hour and a half of listening, and the risks of ping out are inevitable. Jaz has been very generous, so much so that fascination can quickly give way to indigestion. Then, some tracks prove to be dispensable and redundant ('Absent Friends', 'In Cythera' or 'Big Buzz', too grandiloquent and inferior to the intensity of the original versions) and give the (false) impression of listening to the same track over and over again. Finally, most of these new versions would have benefited from being shortened.

After having given us nightmares in Killing Joke, Jaz Coleman - by renovating his tracks - manages to rock us and to offer us a journey towards Knowledge. The ensemble is certainly not without flaws, but let's not refuse over a free ticket to a symphonic afterlife. If it is not the best gateway to listen to Killing Joke, "Magna Invocatio" proves that a musical work is always able to fly to new skies.

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SIMILAR BANDS:
THE MOODY BLUES, KILLING JOKE, DEAD CAN DANCE

TRACK LISTING:
01. Absolute descent of light
02. The raven king
03. Intravenous
04. You'll never got to me
05. Absent friends
06. Invocation
07. In cythera
08. Big buzz
09. Adorations
10. Into the unknown
11. Euphoria
12. Honour the fire
13. Magna invocation (gloria)


LINEUP:
Jaz Coleman: Chant
St Petersburg Philarmonic:


TAGS:
Acoustic, Chaotic, ?, Epic, Instrumental, Intimist, Melancholic, Classical Music, Movie music, Smoothing, Romantic, Dark, Symphonic, Theatrical, Covers, Chorus
 
 
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