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"Totem review"

Totem has a great little gem in this self-titled disc. The CD has a great rhythm to all its racks. “Sleepwalker” is a great little track as well as “Super Ego”. All in all this is a great disc for anyone who enjoys hard rock. Totem gets a 4 out of 5 star rating from DJ Andrew Allan

- Kangar Radio International


Totem's debut CD was just released in 2006. Tracks can be heard on


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Rob Schredder Schreiber
Rob brings a unique guitar style born of progressive metal influences but recently transformed. Says Rob, “Marto came to me with this idea for a trio. I saw it as an interesting challenge and have found new ways to express myself through the guitar. The trio format allows us to use silence as a fourth member of the band, which gives us an extra dimension. When one of us drops out, everybody notices.” Influenced by Joe Satriani, Vivian Campbell, Alex Lifeson, and Joe Patrucci, Rob is a graduate of the Guitar Institute in New York. Rob is a veteran of the New York metal scene, having played with Alchemy X for 8 years in the Big Apple. Rob is back in his home state and looks forward to the road ahead. “I’m definitely wiser now, maybe more wary of motivations. Whereas before I was trying to get somewhere, now I know that making music is about satisfying yourself first, your inner soul.” Rob plays Ibanez 6 and 7-string guitars and has an unhealthy obsession with snomobiles.

Marto: Bass, keyboards and vocals
Marto began playing guitar which progressed into rock and metal and finally bass. “I found that when singing, the guitar has just a couple too many strings. The bass fit my persona and my fingers like a glove. My first bass was a Rickenbacker 4001 and playing it for the first time was an eye opener.” Marto’s musical influences include the likes of Rush, the Beatles, the Police, Tool, A7X and System of a Down. A graduate of the Minneapolis music scene, Marto came to Madison with a musical vision in mind. Says Marto, “There’s a high energy rhythmic structure to music today. For this album we wanted to bring some different vocal melodies and to that table. Rob and Phil have their own ideas, so we run at each other at high speed and smash our thoughts together like a musical supercollider. The subatomic particles that result are the music of Totem.” Marto plays Ibanez basses, likes to commune with nature and thinks a lot about traveling to other planets on fact-finding missions.

Phillip Haven: Drums and percussion
Even though he’d always wanted to play the drums, his grade school asked him to play trumpet instead. It wasn’t until Philip was in college that he finally got his first drumset and has since loved every minute of it.

"I've always felt that music, and drumming in particular should be both a personal experience and a sharing between myself and my audience... there really isn't anything better than connecting with people through your music."

Some of his favorite “pros” are Carter Beauford, Tim Alexander, Alex Van Halen and Ray Luzier. To keep it interesting for himself, Philip has been working lately on his stick tricks, hoping to become more interesting to watch as well as listen to.

"Of the group, I'm probably the one whose the most driven towards writing straight up music - stuff you could almost dance to. It works out well - in the end, we acheive a great balance between more complicated, 'musician's music', and simplier, plain old fun rock 'n roll."

An avid skier, Philip also dabbles in programming and has plans to eventually take over the world.