At A Loss Recordings
San Francisco's Totimoshi are an odd entity. While their early music was born from the same hell fires that birthed the Melvins and Black Sabbath their music soon evolved into something else. Growing twice as wicked this trio crept about in the shadows of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart's hometown all in an effort to take in that dark side of nature. They breathed in all that they could and as much as their very essence would allow. The end result is a sampling of this and that with an open eyed tuned to free-form weirdness. While Avenger features guest spots from Dale Crover (Melvins), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis) don't expect that to make this one any easier to define. At times the bizarre styles recall music from another era (60s-70s counter culture music?) while other moments put out what can only be described as a heavier Mother Love Bone morphing into Saint Vitus. Honestly you just can't pigeonhole a band that won't be defined by traditional genres. That makes Avenger such a frightfully exciting listen and one that I couldn't turn away from once I plugged in.