Mekong Delta

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German Progressive Thrash Metal band formed in the mid 80's with members from other bands, some of the names used on their releases were pseudonyms to protect their true identities. The band's founder was also the AAARRG records owner, the bassist Ralph Hubert, a.k.a. "Björn Eklund". The other musicians came from the bands Rage (6) and Living Death.
The singer "Keil" was from Schwarzarbeit (2) where RH also played bass & GP/Jörg Michael drums, in one of the early 80's parallel side projects, The Raymen being the other one.
The lyrics in early MD was written by a mysterious name...
Jake Jenkins (which was Peavy from Rage).
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Albums

GWLP17 Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta album art Mekong Delta Mekong Delta (Album) Aaarrg Records GWLP17 UK 1987 Sell This Version
AAARRG 11 Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann album art Mekong Delta The Music Of Erich Zann (Album) Aaarrg Records AAARRG 11 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
AAARRG 19 Mekong Delta - The Principle Of Doubt album art Mekong Delta The Principle Of Doubt (Album) Aaarrg Records AAARRG 19 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
ARG 23/034-1 Mekong Delta - Dances Of Death (And Other Walking Shadows) album art Mekong Delta Dances Of Death (And Other Walking Shadows) (Album) Aaarrg Records ARG 23/034-1 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
RTD 312.0042.2 38 Mekong Delta - Live At An Exhibition album art Mekong Delta Live At An Exhibition (Album) Metal Machine RTD 312.0042.2 38 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
IRS 986963 Mekong Delta - Kaleidoscope album art Mekong Delta Kaleidoscope (Album) Intercord IRS 986963 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
TECX-25743 Mekong Delta - Visions Fugitives album art Mekong Delta Visions Fugitives (Album) Bullet Proof Records TECX-25743 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
IRS CD 993.626, 7243 4 84376 2 4, IRS 993.626 Mekong Delta - Pictures At An Exhibition album art Mekong Delta Pictures At An Exhibition (Album) Bullet Proof Records, Bullet Proof Records, Bullet Proof Records IRS CD 993.626, 7243 4 84376 2 4, IRS 993.626 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
ZARDOZ 9718 Mekong Delta - Pictures At An Exhibition (Mekong Delta • The CD-Rom) album art Mekong Delta Pictures At An Exhibition (Mekong Delta • The CD-Rom)(CD-ROM) Zardoz Music ZARDOZ 9718 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
AFM 173-2 Mekong Delta - Lurking Fear album art Mekong Delta Lurking Fear (Album) AFM Records AFM 173-2 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
AAARRG 2010 - 1V Mekong Delta - Wanderer On The Edge Of Time album art Mekong Delta Wanderer On The Edge Of Time (Album) Aaarrg Records AAARRG 2010 - 1V Europe 2010 Sell This Version
SPV 266032 CD Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly album art Mekong Delta In A Mirror Darkly (Album) Steamhammer SPV 266032 CD Germany 2014 Sell This Version
BUR340080 Mekong Delta - Tales Of A Future Past album art Mekong Delta Tales Of A Future Past (Album) Butler Records (3) BUR340080 Europe 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AAARRG 8 Mekong Delta - The Gnom album art Mekong Delta The Gnom(12", Pic) AAARRG Records AAARRG 8 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
AAARRG 17 Mekong Delta - Toccata album art Mekong Delta Toccata (Maxi) Aaarrg Records AAARRG 17 Austria 1989 Sell This Version
IRS 988.047 Mekong Delta - Dance On A Volcano album art Mekong Delta Dance On A Volcano(CD, Maxi, Promo) Intercord Record Service IRS 988.047 Germany 1993 Sell This Version

Compilations

TECP-25547 Mekong Delta - First + The Music Of Erich Zann album art Mekong Delta First + The Music Of Erich Zann (Comp) Metal Mania, Aaarrg Records TECP-25547 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
TECP-25494 Mekong Delta - The Principle Of Doubt + Toccata album art Mekong Delta The Principle Of Doubt + Toccata(CD, Comp) Aaarrg Records, Metal Mania TECP-25494 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
ARG 27, MRI 045.2, MRI 045-2 Mekong Delta - Classics album art Mekong Delta Classics (Comp) Aaarrg Records, Major Records International, Major Records International ARG 27, MRI 045.2, MRI 045-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
223132-311 Mekong Delta - The Principle Of Doubt album art Mekong Delta The Principle Of Doubt(2xCD, Comp, Dig) Ambitions 223132-311 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
SPV 260222 CD Mekong Delta - Intersections album art Mekong Delta Intersections(CD, Album, Comp) Steamhammer SPV 260222 CD Germany 2012 Sell This Version
MWR 011-16, MWR 012-16 Mekong Delta - Early Albums + More Pt. I & II Collector's Box Set album art Mekong Delta Early Albums + More Pt. I & II Collector's Box Set(Box, Album, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RM, S/Edition, 2x) Metal Ways Records MWR 011-16, MWR 012-16 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version
MWR 011-16 Mekong Delta - Early Albums + More Pt. I album art Mekong Delta Early Albums + More Pt. I(2xCD, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RM, S/Edition) Metal Ways Records MWR 011-16 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version
MWR 012-16 Mekong Delta - Early Albums + More Pt. II album art Mekong Delta Early Albums + More Pt. II(2xCD, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RM, S/Edition) Metal Ways Records MWR 012-16 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version

Videos

1010 Mekong Delta - Live In Frankfurt - Batschkapp 1991 album art Mekong Delta Live In Frankfurt - Batschkapp 1991(DVD-V, NTSC) Zardoz Music 1010 Germany 2007 Sell This Version

Reviews

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

August 25, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
I don't know if they're underrated 'cause i don't know what they're rated as but this band is very distinguished in my collection. Heroically progressiv, odd-meters and intelligent writing shine like chrome in candlelight, yet the advanced techniques ar naturally composed, not forced difficulty for its own sake as one may see in the regrettable scourge of mathrock convertz. Also, this is exemplary neoclassical speedmetal which galvanizes the (for some listeners) hard-to-dinstinguish discrepancies between THRASH and SPEEDMETAL; although there is a considerable cross-over in the agenda and methodology of THOSE TWO (contemporaneous) styles, the difference is largely CLASS-derived, with the middle-classy blue-collary correlary corotid artery o' THRASH claiming the vast majority of adherents and new enlistees, and being the most liked and emulated by non-metallic audiences (more likely to be sampled by hip hop etc) it's intermediate level of expertise longing to apotheosis into SPEEDMETAL's disdainful enforcement of an aristocratic severity that expects virtusostic turns of phrase, special techniques involving wikkedness, a mor stringent degree of proficiency and loftier aspiration. High Pokes after dark. Even certain historically irreverent stripes of speedmetal ar pure-bred specimens of the finest pedigree stylistically mandatory neoclassical contempt in the graceful serving to you of lacy Antoinette's cake thy wooden-toothed swine don't deserv. THUS doth SPECIFIKALLY NEOKLASSIKAL bands like MEKONG DELTA be an even or uneven (FURTHER) konsolidation of that elderly impetus.
Extremity seeks to augment its intel by abusing KONTRAS' and rexamining detailed forms in a mercyless unlight.
Sehr zukunft moglichkeiten HIGH-quality thinking man's heavy metal without the LOSS -of-BALLS zo of'en mutually exklusiv with intellectual content. THIS BAD-ASS GERMAN BAND's rendition and subsequent tumescent (amplification) of the (unincidentally) mega-genius writing of B. Herrmann's (German-American) arco-violins-as-jabbing-blade-in-rhythm-with-gout-of-blood incidental score from Hitchcock's "Psycho" is a zenith in neoclassical extreme metal, strangely, i am not sure composer Bernard is even credited on the notes for the album on which MEKONG's impeccably-tasted rip-off steels away with your heart.
This band is also notable for being anomalously adept in their ability to proportion harmony and cacophony; a superlativ antagonyn ov thy KONSONANT and thou DISSONANT so that the FORMER benefits as thornier / the LATTER seems relatively palatable (?!). they hav a highly developed chordal vocabulary that reframes the conventions of the idiom so rote forms seem novel at the same time that cologne does not disguise the consensual beer-breath, (considered a staple in zee black forest), ov INTREPID intervalic relationships from a galaxy far far away, YET so at home within the native worterbuch of MEKONG DELTA's terra firma .

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