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Runaway Totem



3.39 | 23 ratings

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4 stars It's hard to define what kind of music plays Runawat Totem. I'm not a fan of "genres" but in some way they're necessary to introduce other people into music world and with RT I have some problems to find an accurate description.

Zeuhl, symph prog, epic sections, gothic, heavy metal and other genres are part of the interesting discography of this Italian band which has one of the most consistent and impressive bunch of albums of the las decades even when "Andromeda" is their highlight, without any doubts.

"Tep Zepi" (no "Zeri") came right after this prog jewel, into the so called "cicli cosmici" established by the band on their discography. And even when the album doesn't reach the quality of "Andromeda" is an important step into the history of RT.

"Tep Zepi" keeps most of the elemnts that make RT music so special and unique: zeuhl progressions mixed with consistent symphonic epical moments; gothic passages full of dark romantic atmospheres and a persistent, cathartic and intense rhythmical section which turns every track into a solid piece full of references and influences, but totally new and singular, including the operatic vocals by Cah‚l de BÍtÍl, which gives to RT another distinctive characteristic.

Some highlight of this impressive album are "Sacro Re", "Iperborea" and the long suite "I 4 Signori", perfect examples of the surprising mix of prog genres that we can find into RT discography. 4* just because "Andromeda" deserves the 5*... Ah! And a great album for everyone who's interested in listen RT for the first time...

progadicto | 4/5 |


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