Zeuhl (pronounced [tsɔɪl] or [d͡zøːl]) means celestial in Kobaïan, the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma. Originally applied solely to the music of Magma, the term "zeuhl" was eventually used to describe the similar music produced by French bands, beginning in the mid-1970s. Although primarily a French phenomenon, zeuhl has influenced recent avant-garde Japanese bands.
Zeuhl typically blends progressive/symphonic rock, fusion, neoclassicism, and vocal elements from African-American spirituals and Western military call and response. Common aspects include dissonance, marching themes, throbbing bass, brass instruments, and keyboards including piano, Rhodes piano, or organ. Zeuhl shares much in common with the Rock in Opposition movement, and many bands have participated in RIO festivals.
|“||[Z]euhl sounds like, well, about what you'd expect an alien rock opera to sound like: massed, chanted choral motifs, martial, repetitive percussion, sudden bursts of explosive improv and just as unexpected lapses into eerie, minimalist trance-rock.||”|
|— Dominique Leone, review of Magma's 2004 album K.A. on Pitchfork Media|
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