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Artist: TOTEM>
Title: Solar Forge
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk'
Rated: *****
A (true) power trio formed by Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar), Tom Blancarte (upright bass) and Andrew Drury (drum set), TOTEM> deliver with four tracks of spiky, angular free music. Always intense, hectic and never resting, their interplay merges the taste for elegant, microscopic details with a current of sheer power pervading all of their performance. At their most intense, Eisenbeil's atonal plucking, acquiring a rhythmic quality here ("Hephaestus' Wrath") or writhing in electric signals there ("Annealed"), streaks the low-end droning of the bowed upright-bass. Inventive cubist music with a cutting edge.

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