Mals Totem
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Mals Totem

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Rock




"Mals Totem Deli Interview"

This year, Mals Totem’s eponymous debut EP put them on the map - Deli Magazine

"Mals Totem Interview (Diffuser.FM)"

Recent interview done by the editor of -

"The Machine Video Review (Louder Than War)"

"The Machine combines the ground breaking vocal ability of Dave Vives with crushing guitars, pounding drums, and pulsating bass lines." - Louder Than War

"Mals Totem EP Review (Indie, Bikes and Beer)"

“This band is going to begin making waves for their uniquely large and explosive sound.”
- Indie Bikes and Beer

"Mals Totem EP Review (Windswept Edge)"

“I’m staggered by how much I enjoy this debut EP from Mals Totem.”
9/10 - Windswept Edge

"Mals Totem EP Review (Yeah Uh-Huh)"

“It was hard to pick a favorite from this record, the riffing throughout is just so heavy, the tunes so complete.” - Yeah Uh-Huh

"Mals Totem EP Review (American Aftermath)"

“Bound to make waves throughout the heavy music world in due time.”
- American Aftermath

"Mals Totem - Jigsaw Falling Into Place Feature (Diffuser.FM)"

“Their single ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place,’ today’s free MP3, burns like a Virginia Slim, slow and steady ’till the last few drags, when a mascara-melting axe solo enters the scene.” -

"Mals Totem EP Review (Louder Than War)"

“The best initial release I’ve heard since … well … ever.” - Louder Than War

"Video Premiere: Mals Totem (Allston Pudding)"

Local quintet Mals Totem are new to the scene, with only a few releases to their name, but their new in-studio video for “Gargantuan” shows quite clearly that they’re force to be reckoned with. Progressive, but a near-perfect balance of experimental and bared-down, the track showcases the band’s synergy, and ability to lock up rhythmically while frontman Dave Vives leads the charge with his robust vocal style. Mals Totem’s energy is bountiful, but tamed– less the type you would shove recklessly to in a basement, and more the kind you would sit back and observe the way you would a Radiohead or Mars Volta. “Gargantuan” lives up to its title, creating what seems to be a constant crescendo throughout the course of the song. By the end of the fast five minutes, the drums fills, lead shreds, and powerful wails all seem to be focused in their own worlds, but still in a coherently melodic place as a whole. - Allston Pudding

"George Massenburg"

George Massenburg (Journey, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor) called Mals Totem, "an authethentic path to getting big sound. No trickery, no fakery, no bullshit." - Berklee


Still working on that hot first release.



The breakout band Mals Totem hails from Boston and New York. The members various concentrations, from metal to jazz, contribute to the genre-blending product which has been compared to Radiohead and the Mars Volta. Mals Totem is Dave Vives (vocals), Asher Kurtz (lead guitar), Michael Lostica (rhythm guitar), Ronnie Lanzilotta (bass) and Angelo Spampinato (drums), all trained at the Berklee College of Music. They are quickly becoming an intergral part of the New England/NY music scene. Their self-titled debut EP was called "One of the best initial releases I've heard since... well... ever" by Louder Than War".

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