Exposé Online banner

Runaway Totem — Esameron
((Not on label) GMG 01001, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Esameron Cover artSince their debut in the early 90s, Runaway Totem has always had interesting music to serve up. Their early Black Widow releases were extremely dark and twisted endeavors, while their first for Musea (the highly acclaimed Andromeda), released in '99 turned their sound in a more intense zeuhl-like direction, which they followed for the next couple releases. Now the band (down to a duo of multi-instrumentalists Roberto Gottardi and Germano Morghen since 2002's Pleroma) have parted ways with Musea (except for distribution) and have started their own label in order to experience complete artistic freedom. Esameron comprises the first movement of the larger work 4 Elementi 5, which seems to have exploded their style out in every conceivable direction, covering nearly every path they have traveled before and many new ones previously unknown. Bits of sweltering zeuhlish madness juxtapose with uncompromising bits of alien RIO-like chamber elements and short chaotic flashes of symphonic rock, all filtered through some ancient numerology concepts that I won't even try to explain. The three sidelong tracks and one mid-length piece here are certainly some of the most complex and ambitious compositions that the band has ever presented. Those looking for something completely unusual will definitely find it here!

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Runaway Totem

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind – Do you like Jethro Tull? Curved Air? Flamenco dancing? Did you ever wish for a combination of the three? Your wish has come true, and its name is Carmen! And if you don't think they could pull off...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues