Tomahawk (Ipecac Recordings)
By: Cam Lindsay
For the countless number of Mike Patton fans, Tomahawk must be a gift from heaven. Now that Faith No More is caput, Mr. Bungle seems to have weirded out even the most die-hard fans with Disco Volante and well, Fant?mas are still around, but Patton needs some form of music to unleash where people can have a clue (I won't even bother mentioning his solo work). Tomahawk's self-titled album is as classic an album that Patton will release without wandering too far into his world of mystique and mayhem. Recorded with Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard), Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins) and John Stanier (Helmet), the album delves deep into Patton's dark mind and releases a type of music that is not far from Faith No More's witty and demented brand of metal/rock. Of course, it's Patton's voice and intriguing wordplay that makes the songs what they are, but the way the supporting cast perform around him is well worth noting. The three play as if they have been jamming for years. It's funny that Patton screams "This beat can win me a Grammy" on "POP 1", considering he was once in that position in his career, but Patton is succeeding at what he does best, which is using his creativity in his very distinct way. B+
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