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Totimoshi - Milagrosa (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2008
Catalog number: Volcom Ent. 07981
Produced by Page Hamilton (Helmet).

These songs run the gamut from the blazingly loud to the moodily quiet. Not many bands can switch between the two so easily. The production, once again by Helmet's Page Hamilton, captures the arid intensity of the band. Past releases could be described as The Melvins madness mixed with the Jesus Lizard's jittery weirdness with South American undertones, but Totimoshi's moved past that with Milagrosa. Five albums in and they're stronger than ever. If you don't check this out, you'd better have a damn good reason.

Definitely their most thought-out and sonically expansive album to date. All kinds of new stuff they never tried before - no yelling or screaming for starters. I might consider this their "Blood Mountain".

With more than a decade of bashing out sludgy, Melvins-inspired heaviness, Oakland power trio Totimoshi takes a step into new territory with a considerably more dynamic sound on Milagrosa. Joined again by Helmet principal Page Hamilton as producer, the group consciously broadens its palette. The slashing guitar and declamatory delivery of frontman Tony Aguilar remain the focal point, but the biting tone and staccato ax attack on opening anthem "Sound the Horn" owes far more to Shellac than to Black Sabbath. Other tunes mark an even greater departure from Totimoshi's past. The melancholy "Last Refrain" twists Pixies-style quiet/loud counterpoints and vocal harmonies from bassist Meg Castellanos and guest vocalist Mike Kissam to great effect, while the jittery, stop-start rhythms on "El Emplazado" and "Gnat" echo the Jesus Lizard's lurching skronk. It isn't exactly a party-starting selection for your Friday night, but the moody Milagrosa finds Totimoshi charting a unique course in heavy music.