CSR is proud to announce a collaboration with the raw, heaviness and darkness of Totengott! Release date of the cassette of Doppelgänger is scheduled for November 16 2018; it will be strictly limited to 200.
Darkness. Experimentation. Heaviness. Artistic integrity. A band that is born as a tribute to Swiss titans Celtic Frost should have all these concepts as a basic reference when working on their own music. Formed in 2014 by three “off-road” musicians with a vast experience in metal, rock and hardcore bands of Asturias (Spain), Totengott raises in the middle of the self-indulgent metal scene in order to claim the importance of evil and morbidity of compositions above technique, rawness above demonstration. An obsolete but effective speech.
It wasn’t long when their setlist, initially formed by classics (and “not-too-classics”) from Celtic Frost, started giving way to their own songs. Songs in which, although the “Warrior universe” touch is undeniable, we can also hear other influences like the space madness of Voivod, the sonic gravity of Conan, the experimentation of early Pink Floyd albums, the riffing mastery of Candlemass or the atonality of Kryzstof Penderecki. Occult metal with obvious doom / death influences, but as we say, these are not the only ones: thrash, ambient, gothic… Totengott avoids limitations in the way they understand music.
This ode to darkness was depicted in the self-released “Demo 2016”, a three song / 43 minutes long recording that served as an introduction to Totengott. The band sold more than 200 copies of this demo and gathered a good number of praising reviews in the Spanish extreme metal scene. Totengott released worldwide “Doppelgänger”, their first album, on the 11th of July 2017 through Xtreem Music / Burning World Records (label managed by Roadburn Records) in vinyl, CD and digital versions. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by the band
during late 2016 / early 2017 at Anglagard Recording Studios (Grao, Spain), and was mastered by James Plotkin (well known for his work with bands like Conan, Electric Wizard, Isis, Amenra, Jesu…). Several months after its release, the band keep getting positive reviews all over the world and the album has been considered one of the best metal releases of the year for several media like Goliath is Dead, Mondo Sonoro, Diablo Rock, Necromance Webzine, The Drinktim, Headbanger’s review… In this time the band managed to form a solid base of fans in the metal scene, shared stage with bands like Obituary, Sodom, Suffocation, Master, Entombed AD, Minsk, Stoned Jesus, Nifelheim, Holy Moses or Angelus Apatrida between many others. they preached their musical philosophy widely in Spain and Portugal, being part of well known festivals as SWR Barroselas Metalfest (Portugal), Otero Brutal Fest (Spain), Mutant Fest (Spain), etc. Currently the band is working on a follow up to “Doppelgänger”, aiming for an early 2019 release.
1 – Delusion of negation (8:48)
2 – Satan beside you (14:03)
3 – Doppelgänger (21:31)
“Is this kind of worship necessary? Yes. For as influential as this titanic death-doom sound is, there’s actually not thatmuch of it. Totengott do it so damn well that their precise ability to embody that feeling is in and of itself an artistic triumph. Orson Welles would be proud.” (Invisibleoranges.com)
“It takes a truly special group of musicians to come together and create a single piece of material that’s socaptivating and entertaining on their first fucking try. Totengott displays with this piece that they are overwhelmingly up to the task, and they fucking killed it with their debut! “Doppelgänger” is a marvelous piece and so much more than has not only gained me as a fan but has the talent to spread amongst the underground until people all over the world as whispering the name of Totengott.” (headbangerreviews.wordpress.com)
“Breathtaking, dense sonic darkness”, “an album that should allow Totengott to make themselves a place in the scene and that should open a lot of doors to them” (Metal Hammer Magazine)
“Always heavy, dark, bleak, and bold, this album is also at times frightening and experimental. The music is so heavy—and so dark—that it nearly overwhelms the senses. This album, the band’s first, is a strong introduction tothe band and a significant statement about the power of heavy music. Simply put, there’s no posturing, no flashiness, just a commitment to heavy, raw, and powerful music.” (seaoftranquillity.org)
“I can think of dozens of bands aping the occult rock of modern Electric Wizard with no shred of variation or effort other than dressing 70s but as far as I know this is the only band I’ve seen to approach the lumbering blackened doom Tom G. Warrior creates nowadays. Totengott know where their roots and their altar lies and aren’t afraid to pay ode to that by any means but by sheer nerve they twist the sound with an excellent dark production to compose something in their own, performing quite well and adapting from slow dooms to speedy thrashes quite well.”(doodlehound.blogspot.com)
“‘Doppelgänger” transports us to the world of Morbid Angel, Herscher and In Slaughter Natives, all together. As every heir apparent, Totengott shows promises for Celtic Frost to leave their place to this new generation” (…)”‘Doppelgänger’ in three words: Mythological, oily and hallucinatory.” (slowend.com)
“Heavy rhythms, reverbering voices from the underworld and songs that embrace you and drown you in the deepest darkness” (MondoSonoro Magazine)
“Totengott shows a clear mind, not every band is going to release a three tracks album that goes up to fourty-something minutes as their first release… and not every band is going to make it this good, buddy.” (lapozadelmeh.blogspot.com)
“Totengott shows an above average IQ in terms of general performance. Musicians well experienced in the Spanish underground that showed the ability to stand out above the clutter of bands trying to have a place in the scene.” (…)“Literally hooked to their riffs and cadence” (…) “’Doppelgänger” only confirms what their demo anticipated: there is life in Mars and its full of doomed trashing riffs… UGH!!!” (metal4all.net)
“Here on ‘Doppelgänger’, incidentally their first full length recording, the trio sounds like accomplished veterans.Musically, they draw from all the worlds of extreme metal and some outside of these realms, to create a sound inherently their own” (…) “If this is where Totengott is starting musically, then there is no telling where they will go. Essential!” (Transcending Obscurity – tometal.com)
“Doppelgänger is a very interesting introduction letter, in which they play to explore further some of the usual limits in doom style, sitting themselves on the list of bands to follow closely in the future of a style that is having a very productive age” (scienceofnoise.net)
“Doom Metal genre is in luck, as it finds in Totengott a strong campaigner that will drown us in their incredible and intense power” (metalkorner.com)
“Doppelgänger’ is an album with no technical jive, but it works perfectly on its duty of bringing us to a place of wickedness and unrest. (…) A perfect album to go back to the start of it all and enjoy it with Cthulhu by your side” (subterraneowebzine.com)
“Este Doppelgänger es una carta de presentación muy interesante, en la que juegan a empujar algunos de los límites habituales del doom, colocándose así en la lista de grupos a tener en cuenta para el futuro de un estilo que parece vivir una época particularmente fértil” (scienceofnoise.net)
“A very cool retro influenced band getting exposure to a world that truly needs it. This is heavy, dirty and massive in sound and presentation” (Clintlisting.com)
“Excellent vintage dark doom metal tracks, here and there influenced by thrash metal and adding a great deal of atmosphere to the whole thing” (…) “A great debut, promising intense and immersive live performances” (merchantsofair.com)
“Totengott knew how to build something really solid and defined, in these three pieces we can listen to their own essence that makes them peculiar and gives them individuality in the metal scene. Congratulations, it’s very unusualto have such a good startup.” (thedrinktim.es)
“They have just put me into a glorious dark, doom filled metal coma that I may never come out of. Holy shit, these guys have not only resurrected the best doom sound I can think of, but they have injected their own sound that will take you to the darkest part of your minds abyss and have you thanking them for it.”. (The Holy Room)