Totem is great match better then the Focals for your musical taste and style. I am also into Blues and rock such as Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, to eric Clapton, doobie brothers, Van Halen, Journey and my new favourite band Daft Punk.
Totem is a versatile speaker for all types of music and gives you that, wow life like factor to any recording you through at it. Also the highs are just right and not too bright. If you are looking for a speaker that delivers bass without buying a separate subwoofor totem forest is the one.
Focal I have tried before but lack treble response and was too airy. I was considering focal for my low power 60 watt triode class A tube amp. And am having no regrets buying the totem forests in the end.I ended up putting 127grams of lead shoot in each speaker and wow low bass and greater life like detail better imaging then the Focals which the dynamics lacked with my amp. Not bad for a low powered Triode tube amp. Even my friends can't believe the
bass out of the speakers in a large living room.
One recording you should try with the totems if you have the chance is Stevie Ray Vaughans Little Wing. You can clearly hear his amp humming in the back round. And with the bryston is a great match, you should be able to drive them in any size room no problem!
I do not know why people say totems are hard to drive. My cary cad 120s drives them very well in a 1200 square foot room in triode mode 60watts which sounds just as much as Ultra liner mode 120watts though cleaner.
I would stick with totem especially paired with Bryston you won't be disappointed