Zeuhl is a style of progressive rock that originated in France in the 1960s. Pitchforks Dominique Leone says 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.
The term comes from Kobaïan, the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma. He has said that it means celestial; that "Zeuhl music means 'vibratory music'" and that zeuhl is "L'esprit au travers de la matière. That is Zeuhl. Zeuhl is also the sound which you can feel vibrating in your belly. Pronounce the word Zeuhl very slowly, and stress the letter 'z' at the beginning, and you will feel your body vibrating."
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.
|K?enji Hyakkei||Tokyo, Japan||1991-present|||
|Magma||Paris, France||1969-1983, 1996-present||Magma initiated the genre and the name of the genre is taken from the Kobaïan language constructed by the band's drummer Christian Vander.|
|Zao||France||1971-1977, 1994||The band was formed by Magma ex-members.|