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3.48 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Giardino del Nocciolo e del Melograno (32:12)
2. Le Mariage du Soleil et la Lune (6:43)
3. La Cittą azzurra del Sole (29:26)

Total Time 68:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Moira Dusatti / vocals
- Raffaello Regoli / vocals
- Roberto Gottardi / guitar, synth guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Marco Zanfei / e-piano, keyboards
- Giuseppe Buttiglione / fretted & fretless basses
- Germano Morghen / drums, percussion, gamelan

- Srefano Roveda / violin
- Francesco Ciech / cello
- Giordano Grossi / contrabass
- Anna Boschi / flute
- Claudia Fedrizzi / oboe
- Alessando Leonardi / trumpets
- Albino Zanoni / trombone
- Mirko Pedrotti / vibraphone
- Abid Mohamed / voice

Releases information

Artwork: Stelio Castellano

CD Runaway Totem Records ‎- GMG 01004 (2011, Italy)

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RUNAWAY TOTEM Le Roi Du Monde ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

RUNAWAY TOTEM Le Roi Du Monde reviews

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Review by zravkapt
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3 stars The latest album from Italian Zeuhl outfit Runaway Totem. I've so far heard all their releases except their last album from 2009 and their 2010 live album. I listened to this album on the progstreaming site where it has the two big epics divided; my description of the tracks will be based on that division. This group is similar to the offshoot group Universal Totem Orchestra, but generally has more RPI and Prog Metal influences and less operatic singing. Without having heard the last studio album, Le Roi du Monde (French for 'king of the moon'?) is more avant-garde sounding than previous albums. It doesn't get off to a great start but gets better as it goes along.

"Il Giardino del Nocciolo e del Melograno" features what I believe to be narration done in Arabic. Musically not much is going on until about over 7 minutes in. A strong chamber prog influence in the first half. The second half starts out sounding a lot like Japanese Zeuhl (especially the vocals). Very intense and powerful stuff. Both male and female voices here. Later everything mellows out and gets more atmospheric with more barely audible Arabic narration. About 3/4 of the way through this 32 minute piece the music builds up Univers Zero style with some organ and militaristic drumming. Keeps building up with some metal-like guitar. Near the end goes into some great symphonic prog with horns.

At under 7 minutes "Le Mariage du Soleil et la Lune" (French again!) is obviously the shortest track. But it's also the least interesting of the three main songs. Features a flute or other wind instrument. Piano is the main instrument with some guitar as well. First a female vocalist, then a male vocalist sing. "La Citta azzura del Sole" is the almost 30 minute last track. This starts out as symphonic metal with horns and some piano. Next gets chamber-proggy and very random sounding. I like the female singing during the first half, slightly catchy and melodic. Some nice mallet percussion along with a rockin' guitar solo, then a violin solo.

The second half of "La Citta..." starts out in typical Runaway Totem style, militaristic Italian Zeuhl. About halfway through the second half you hear some vocals that remind me of Area singer Demetrio Stratos and his vocalisations. At this point everything is very spacey. Later gets into blues-metal with female vocals. Some violin joins in as well. Symphonic metal with horns to end it. This album might be of more interest to RIO/Avant fans than Zeuhl ones. RT tries some new things here and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Not their worst album but not their best either. 3 stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars "Italy goes Zeuhl" This unique Italian musical project is rooted in 1988, their goal was to use music as an universal language. In 1993 Runaway Totem released its first album entitled Trimegisto, during the years followed by a serie of albums. In ... (read more)

Report this review (#2054043) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Runaway Totem returns with their 8th album. An album that has raised some eyebrows among prog rock fans (thank you, Progstreaming). Listed as a zeuhl band, Runaway Totem has really never followed the script. Music wise, they have been everywhere and that includes a dip into the Rock Progressi ... (read more)

Report this review (#562815) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, November 5, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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