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Andromeda Import

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RUNAWAY TOTEM manages to successfully reach the quintessence of the art of MAGMA, and still add numerous elements inherited from Progressive rock or new musics. Chanted vocals, roaring bass, female choirs... No doubt about it, Zeuhl music strikes back ! The CD reissue of the first album ""Trimesgisto"" includes two bonus tracks. On ""Zed"", the band uses its rich instrumentation (Keyboards, vocals, backing vocals, guitar...) to create ethereal and romantic atmospheres. Its music can be characterized by deep vocals and flamboyant backing vocals, some nearly MAGMA-like sequences, a vocal and musical paroxysm evoking VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, some energetic KING CRIMSON rhythms, and even echoes of AREA. ""Andromeda"" (1999) could very well have been a new album by DEVIL DOLL or DEUS EX-MACHINA, if not for the dark side included in the music performed here. The six ambitious tracks featured on the fourth album ""Tep Zepi"" (2003) remind of the landmarks of the past, but also the modern Gothic school, due to the presence of atmospheres linked to the Sacred. The ambiences are often dark, full of spleen, and even satanic. The vocals strongly remind of opera music. The synthesizer layers and the organ parts also contribute to the creation of fascinating and dreamy atmospheres. ""Pleroma"" (2004) ends the trilogy started five years ago by ""Andromeda"", telling the journey of the human soul after Dead, as well as its fight against demons and the Last Judgement. Now reduced to CAHAL DE BETEL (Vocals, guitar, bass & programming) and TIPHERET (Drums, percussions & keyboards), RUNAWAY TOTEM reaches the top of its inspiration.With its seventh album Manu Menes, the Italian band Runaway Totem continues the travel started with its previous work, ""Esameron"", and the narration of the Universe's Creation. Counting on the collaboration of different classic musicians as guests, the return of the bassist and a new female singer, RUNAWAY TOTEM's unique sound leaves behind the avant-garde works of Zeuhl, Frank ZAPPA, Robert FRIPP, DEBUSSY and Luciano BERIO, resulting in an extremely original and innovative music. A powerful and astonishing totem !

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kontakt
  2. Tempus Fugiens ?
  3. Od Ob
  4. Kadman Neso
  5. Andros Medomai

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B00004VLZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have only recently discovered the breadth and depth of the Zeuhl genre via last dot fm. I found that I liked Runaway Totem a lot and subsequently purchased this album. I enjoyed Andromeda on first listening and my appreciation for it has grown with additional listenings.

Although I don't understand the lyrics (Kabaian? - they don't sound Italian), to me the album seems to tell a story - a science-fiction story involving variations on undefined but presumably fairly stock sci-fi themes. In an abstract way, the music seems to carry the listener through the stages of a good story - introducing characters, setting the scene, helping the reader/listener gain familiarity with a strange world; bringing in challenge, conflict, and danger; pulling off a few unexpected plot twists; and finally, bringing a resolution that is satisfying, although not necessarily of the "happily ever after" variety.

I find none of the sounds on this album to be boring, and there are choice moments in most of the songs - the kinds of delightful sequences and layerings of sounds that one listens for in eager anticipation and that thrill the consciousness when encountered. There's enough compositional goodness and tight execution to maintain one's interest for weeks or months, so you'll probably get your entertainment dollars' worth if you download the album.
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