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What can I say, this is one of the greatest albums that I've ever heard. It has it all, describing it in one word, "amazing". From the beginning to the end, it drives you into a chaotic world, of, stunning riffs, the synchronization of the band members (all their live and studio performances are just PERFECT) and of course the entertaining and awesome voice of Mike Patton, trying to show us in several songs that his range of voice can vary at any time.
First of all, "The Godfather", a kickass drumage, maybe the most brutal musical attack that I've ever heard in an avant/garde album. The riffs of King Buzzo sharped as a knife. The noisy voice of Patton giving us crazy screams but in the end he finishes the singing with an opera voice, really amazing. Then comes "Der Golem", a nice Fantoma's adaptation, here we can actually see the real power of this band, with chorus included. "Experiment in Terror", a catchy song, in our minds we can see Patton singing under the rain with a cigar, nice song. "One Step Beyond", for the lovers of The Twilight Zone and all of those crazy shit TV shows. This song with "Night of the Hunter" are the most weird stuff in this album, this both songs can blow your mind away. Then we have "Cape Fear", with a nice beginning of King Buzzo's riffs, then the song changes into a childish but at the same time an evil musical experience, a classic. "Rosemary's Baby", one of my favourites, we can hear in this song Patton going with the "la la la" part which is very nice to hear, but at the same time very diabolical (remembrances of C. Manson comes to my head), a classic too. "The Devil rides Out" and "Spider Baby" are both great fillers/songs of the album. The first one is instrumental but still good, and in the second one we can hear how Patton tell us stories 'bout goblins and ghouls. "The Omen", one of my favourites movies of all times, so it was a pleasure to hear it. We see how Patton starts the song with this "Sanguis, minimus, corpus, animus" thing and how Buzz then enters with his powerful riffs, actually this song give me the creeps, perfecto combination of sound/noice. "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" a dark and evil song, compare with the other songs of this album we can see that this is a dramatic song combined with a lot of darkness, one of the best. "Vendetta" and "Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion" (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto) are bizarre songs, ok, Vendetta is weird, but, Investigation of a Citizen is the shit! I mean it has it all, noice, sharped riffs, vocal skill, the drum and bass sound like hell, in the end I thought that I was actually going to die, pretty fucking awesome song. "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" and "Charade" are the last two songs of the album. I'm a fan of Lynch's movies so the song of Twin Peaks it was just awesome, creepy Patton voice, a nice piano sound, a whole variety of new sounds, one of the best. And Charade, what can I say, great sounds, you guys will have to hear it, an excellent GRAND-FINALE.
So, this albums is a true gifts to all of us, a gem, a treasure. The band member are R E A L musicians, a great talent that flows.
THIS..my friends is one of the greatest albums that has ever had the opportunity of being put in my CD player. I dont need to explain my love and respect for all of Mr. Patton's bands and everyone else's side projects that is in this band. I will just put my respect and love for them into this review since it orchestrates it very well.
First off, the Godfather...kickass movie..even better song. This song starts off with an eerie violin intro for the first 30 seconds and then it goes into this BRUTAL riff by King Buzzo and PAtton presents this incredibly sick and somewhat comical scream. This makes you want to fucking kill someone. Lombardo presents nice drumage on this particular song and it really adds to the mood. Around 1:20 it goes into this very strange waltzing-like part where Patton is singing some very weird stuff that you cant Quite makeout. Overall a great song, a classic.
Der Golem, the intro to this has a great bass riff that is complimented by a nice guitar riff and some bells or something in the background. Patton utters something at the beginning very low and it is fucking evil, then he starts screaming really high for the chorus. Another great Fantomas song here.
Experiment in Terror is one of the more poppy and catchy songs on the album. The first verse that Patton sings is very catchy and it almost makes you snap your fingers in beat with the symbols presented by Dave. The Chorus picks it up a notch with a heavy guitar riff and another sick effort of screaming/growling/shouting by patton (whatever you want to call it) Another killer song here
I am going to include 2 songs in this particular paragraph. One Step Beyond and Night of The Hunter are two VERY weirdass songs. PAtton's vocals on each will make you fucking laugh yet blow you away. Great fillers.
Cape Fear is the next song and the opening guitar part by Buzz is KILLER. It sounds so evil and death-metalish. Patton compliments this riff EXTREMELY well with a high pitched singing part. It really adds to the overall riff. Patton can really hit the high notes in this glorious song.
Rosemary's Baby follows this song and it is one of the most recognizable tracks on the album for me. The beginning starts off by Patton singing "la la la la" in this very cute yet evil voice. As the song progressess Sheer terror is unleashed in part to Patton's insane vocals, Buzzs' killer riffs complimented by Dunn and Lombardo's shredding. Very very good song.
The Devil Rides out and Spider Baby are two other great fillers on the album. Spider Baby is some evil halloween-esque song where Patton is singing about goblins and the likes. The Devil Rides Out is another one of those crazy songs where PAtton unleashes all he has in his vocal chords and makes for a good listen.
The Omen (Ave Satani) is one of my favorite songs on the album. Patton starts the song by eeriely singing some lyrics I cant understand and then it Buzz turns it up with the distortion and Patton turns his voice up as well. It then shreds into this killer thrashy riff where everyone is unleashing pure brutality. Patton strains his vocal chords once again in the chorus. Amazing song.
Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer is my favorite Fantomas song of all time. The gong at the beginning by Lombardo is so fucking evil and dark. It presents this super creepyass mood to the song. Around :39 they tear into a brief riff complimented By Dave's superior drumming skills once again. Buzz has this sick guitar slide after this part which is then followed by Patton singing in his signature high yet evil voice. The song ends with brutality as everyone tears it apart. KILLER SONG!!!
Vendetta and Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion are two really freakyass songs. Vendetta acts as a perfect filler while Investigation is some fucked up song where Patton's amazing vocals (once again) make the song.
Twin Peaks and Charade are the last two songs on this album and they are both very well written songs. Twin Peaks features Patton's high creepy vocals with a very low riff by Buzz. The chorus is chaotic. Charade is a perfect closer that ends with a bunch of people screaming and applauding..couldnt ask for a better ending.
To wrap it up, this album is one of the greatest albums i have ever listened to. A true gem for all of those in the avant-garde genre and all of those who are fans of any of these artists. The talent that flows through these musicians is unbelievable and I must say that Mike Patton is the greatest singer EVER. Pick this up, NOW!
It seems Mike Patton has a way with music. The just refuses to stop putting out music after music, forming band after band. It seems with the demise of Faith No More came the offspring of many new original Patton projects. Fantomas is my favorite so far. Features Lombardo on drums, Dunn on Bass, Buss on guitar, and Patton on vocals we have ourselves a super-band. I feel it is also safe to call this one of the most original acts to ever surface. Their first album was 30 tracks split up like a comic book. This time the band has covered scifi and mystery themes. They all come out sounding downright amazing. "The Godfather", although not scifi or mysterious, is a basic butchering of a classic song. Yet it comes off sounding great. Patton's vocals switch from the hymming melodic to the death growl screaming right back to the hymming. "Der Golem" features a more formatic approach to a Fantomas song. You can almost hear a chrous in this one, but it is still a basic anti-commercial song. "Cape Fear" has a more mysterious overtone to it featuring Patton's vocals as the main instrument. However, there is no denying the drum work of Lombardo who adds a jazz feel to almost all these songs giving them strong musicianship.
Of course there is also some humor to be found on this record. "Spider Child" features a jazzy loop that is over clean Patton vocals. The lyrics are humorous singing about ghouls and ghost. Obviously from some b-filmed horror movie.
Overall this is a strong album by a very strong band. Not easy to listen to at first, but the rewards are amazing. This is a trip for your ears. Accept and be prepare for an amazing journey through b-films and classic horror movies.