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Totalisti - Slave to None - 2005 - Magna Carta

Track Listing
1. Sick of it All
2. Fallen
3. ETA
4. Refined
5. Severed Ties
6. Blind
7. Dirty
8. Slave to None
9. The Call
10. Whispering
11. Shameless
12. House of Mirrors
This progressive metal quartet hailing from Washington state certainly know the importance of variety. With a heavy dose of multiple influences, Totalisti present an uncompromising composition with Slave to None, produced by Queensryche drummer, Scott Rockenfield.

Their core sound is very percussion driven with every track permeated by the precise bass of Eric Bagby and strategic drumming of Tom Taitano. Ben Spong provides the vivid, thrashing guitar solos (with a strong Jerry Cantrell style) sprinkled throughout the album. Lead vocalist Mark Stockwell invokes the influences of Jeff Hatrix on "Severed Ties" and American Head Charge frontman Martin Cook most prevalently on the somewhat industrial track "Whispering".

And though Totalisti certainly explore the traits of many heavy hitters, they are by no means a copy-cat alternative. These guys utilize distinct vocalizations and seamless muscianship, but they work in a team, as a band should, with no one particular instrument taking the spotlight. What Slave to None spits out is a multi-layered blend of modern metal that is both melodic and aggressively ambitious.

Standout tracks include the freedom proclamation of title song "Slave to None" and the industrial surreality of "Whispering".

--Vigatorix 03.21.06

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2005
Vigatorix3/30/2006


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