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Runaway Totem - Esameron CD (album) cover

ESAMERON

Runaway Totem

 

Zeuhl

3.75 | 8 ratings

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Proletariat
4 stars Only listening to the first and most recent albums in a bands discography is arguabally the worst way to listen to a band, however that is what I did with runaway totem. Between Trimegisto and Esameron the band has matured immensally. while Trimegisto sounded avant harsh and fast Esameron on the other hand is spacey symphonic and slow (with bursts of speed). The one element that has stayed consistant between the albums is the drumming sound wich tends to be reminisant of KC and at times the RIO movement.

According to the bands website Esameron is the first in a series of consept albums based around numbers and mathimatical consepts that are spiritual, or some such nonsense. Needless to say I dont understand the concept. (not knowing Itallian dosent help im sure) Consept or not this is a fantastic peice of music, consisting of four songs the shortest at over 8 minutes.

I am not going to describe the songs individually as that would be futile, so instead I will describe the albums feel. The first thing you notice is the spacy textures and atmospheres at times almost feeling like Space Rock or even Kraut. Not as much chanting or operatics as other Zuhl but it is here none the less. However the album has a electronic feel and not always in a good way, sometimes sounding cheezy or overbearing. The composition and insturmentality however is outstanding and allows for the individual sounds to be ignored, after all this isn't postrock the timbres dont have to be great as long as the music is. As for feeling the music is creepy and forboding, feeling more than a little like some kind of ritual, and a druggie/spacy ritual at that.

Overall a good album, well worth checking out. Not a Masterpiece however, and definatally a Excellent addition ---four stars

Proletariat | 4/5 |

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