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TOTORRO is an experimental rock band from Rennes formed in 2004 by Xavier ROSE, Bertrand JAMES, Jonathan SICHE and Cristophe Le FLOHIC (also in post rock band FAGO SEPIA). The group started performing live in 2009 and since then remained very active in concert venues along with releasing studio material which is influenced by both post and math rock genres.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
All Glory To John Baltor
3.08 | 3 ratings
Home Alone

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 All Glory To John Baltor by TOTORRO album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 1 ratings

All Glory To John Baltor
Totorro Post Rock/Math rock

Review by aglasshouse

— First review of this album —
4 stars All Glory to John Baltor is the debut by French post rock act TotorRo in 2011. Usually when you think of post-rock, you expect bands to have a heavy focus on guitars and drums solely and devoid of vocals, at least in my opinion. That is true of TotorRo, whose percussions by Bertrand James and the guitar by Christophe Le Flohic create monolithic soundscapes of pure energy to the point where the only way they stop is to simply run out of steam. But a new addition here is the surprising vocalizations of Le Flohic- well, to call them "vocalizations" may be a bit of a stretch seeing as they are more or less the screaming howls of a wannabe metalcore singer. With this in mind it is actually a bit refreshing to see it displayed next to one of the loudest playing styles in the rock circuit, and it actually creates a sort of dynamic where vocals split away from something separate from the other instruments (guitar, bass, drums, etc.) and become an instrument itself. The aforementioned loudness of the post-rock medium in fact tends to drown out Le Flohic's vocals and, like the genre tends to do, blends it into itself to create an even more gigantic powerhouse cacophony.

If you're a fan of post-rock, this little obscure band is something to check out.

 Home Alone by TOTORRO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.08 | 3 ratings

Home Alone
Totorro Post Rock/Math rock

Review by progadicto

3 stars This french post-rock band has some very interesting elements perhaps not enough surprises into the 8 tracks which give form to this album even when it's a solid and very enjoyable piece.

Based on structured mixture of syncopated rhythms and complex guitar scales, the album starts with "Home Alone" and "Chevalier Bulltoe", two songs which shows the strong musical bases on which the rest of the album is constructed perhaps most of the time is redundant in inffluences of seminal post rock bands such as Tortoise and Bark Psychosis even when in songs such as "Tonton Alain Michel" we find some brilliant epic moments leaded by strong guitar sections.

If I got to pick some other great tunes here I go with the soaring and almost delicated "Motte-Rock" and "Eric Colson" which sounds really great because starts with a floating guitar melody and derivates into a sum of almost proggy textures which build an epic grand finale.

No surprises here but definetively a good album. Maybe just for post rock compromised fans but I give "Home Alone" 3* because I can feel in every song a strong and sincere effort that points to make a superb album and in some minutes, these guys achieve that goal... Anyway, if you want to listen the complete album is very easy to find on bandcamp... Enjoy!!!

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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