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Zeuhl (pronounced [tsɔɪl] or [d͡zøːl]) is a style of progressive rock that originates in France in the 1960s. According to Pitchfork's Dominique Leone, the style is "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.[2]

The term means celestial in Kobaïan,[3] the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma.[4] 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 1970s.[5]


  1. ^ Wagner, Jeff (2010). Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-9796163-3-4. 
  2. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Magma: K.A". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  3. ^ Stump, Paul (July 1995). "Different Drummer: Magma – interview with Christian Vander, page 3 (dead link)". The Wire. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ Culshaw, Peter (1 October 2009). "Magma interview for Celestial Mass". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ Anderston, Chris (2010). "A many-headed beast: progressive rock as European meta-genre". Popular Music. Cambridge University Press. 29 (10): 417–435. JSTOR 40926943. doi:10.1017/S0261143010000450.