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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a kick in the ears.
this album is so so so strange its unbelivable. its the equivalent to walking down a dark country lane with a shadow jumping through the trees. i bought the album because i loved the musical insanity of fantomas with this album the weirdness has being stepped up a level. when you listen to this album you know you are letting go of normal musics hand and are being bundled...
Published on 28 Feb 2005 by markloughton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Same stuff, different day
Yet more generic metally stylings from Mike Patton & friends. Patton consistently fulfills about one tenth of his potential, and it annoys me because the guy responsible (in part at least) for Pranzo Oltrazista, Disco Volante and King For A Day should be creating masterpieces by now. And please let someone else write the lyrics. Jeez...
Published on 1 Jun 2004 by Mr. Mark Wilkinson


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a kick in the ears., 28 Feb 2005
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
this album is so so so strange its unbelivable. its the equivalent to walking down a dark country lane with a shadow jumping through the trees. i bought the album because i loved the musical insanity of fantomas with this album the weirdness has being stepped up a level. when you listen to this album you know you are letting go of normal musics hand and are being bundled off into the back of a van where your eardrums are transportad to a lunatic asylum. by all rights this album just shouldnt work at all but it does, it works magnificentley.
mike patton is as ever the most vocally versatile man on the planet. a strangely magnetic album from a supergroup of intense talent.
mit gas is a work of genius.
roll on their third album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scalping The Mainstream Competition, 7 Mar 2004
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
From the very moment you hear the opening of the slow boiling Birdsong you know Mike Patton is going to take you for a hell of a ride! It sets the tone for the rest of the album, dark and broody...the type of music to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Rape This Day is the stand out track on the album, truely powerful. This outting fom Tomahawk is more polished than their previous offering and it's obvious that this "super group" are gelling! Fans of rock, metal, and alternative this album is for you! Take a walk on dark side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flipside of Americana further exposed..., 25 April 2007
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Matt Pucci "mattpucci.com" (Here, there and everywhere) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
On one level, Mit Gas is simply another great Mike Patton record. Tomahawk may be guitarist Duane Denison's baby, it's Patton's oral antics that will no doubt capture the attention of the majority of fans and leave them agape, as he delivers his most thrilling, accessible and diverse vocal performance since Faith No More's Angel Dust. But to ignore the contribution of the three other players on this extraordinary album would be unjust, as each member plays an equally strong hand on this sophomore effort from the world's least famous 'supergroup'...

As a siren wails somewhere in the distance, the misleadingly chirpy sound of a dawn chorus marks opener 'Birdsong', setting the tone for the entire album with Kevin Rutmanis' menacing bass-line and John Stanier's powerhouse drumming - before Patton takes over with a vocal that sounds suspiciously like he's strangling himself. Obviously, this is awesome, and the rest of the album is similarly jaw-dropping: a veritable smorgasbord of sonic delights, which includes the majestic 'Rape This Day', the gleefully twisted 'Harelip', the heart-felt, Spanish-sung 'Desastre Natural' (which may or not be about the break-up of Patton's marriage) and the explosive drum 'n' bass-meets-punk-metal centrepiece of 'Capt. Midnight'.

The best thing about Mit Gas, however, is the fact that you can actually visualise the whole array of facial expressions Patton was making as he recorded this and in this sense Tomahawk have succeeded in creating a truly cinematic record. Roll on album number three!

Matt Pucci
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomahawk - now With added Gas!, 14 May 2003
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This album begins with the sound of birds singing, and as an intro it couldn't be more decieving. When the drums and bass of "Birdsong" finally kick in you realise this is the dark path Duane Denison and his deranged lieutenants Mike Patton, John Stainer and Kevin Rutmanis are taking you down. The sinister musical stylings continue throughout the track, with Patton singing "The way you look at me when you're hunted." ...Well what were you expecting? Epic?
The next track, and call to arms that is "Rape This Day", introduces the faster, more punk-rock side of Mit Gas. This is a welcome addition to the musical cannon of Tomahawk, and nicely contradicts the deranged country music of their self-titled debut. Look out for the video for this track, it's Patton's first since FNM! "May Day" then comes along to show you that intelligent rock music does exist, and that it can be twice as catchy as whatever radio is playing at the moment. This track features the line "We are the police and now we're gonna start a riot." What is it with this band and the police? First their on stage uniforms and now their lyrics, I for one am beggining to get worried. "Capt. Midnight" begins with some drum and bass beats accompanying Mike Patton's beat box vocals, and this is the first sign of Patton's innovative genius on this record.
As with all Patton's projects, it's his vocals that ultimately steal the show. He is undoubtedly the finest vocalist of his generation and his vocals haven't been as seductively melodic in a long time, being more Faith No More than Fantomas. And on "When The Stars Begin To Fall" he hasn't put his voice to anything this 'pop' in a long time. This track has the album's best chorus, Mike Patton barking "Night crawler, tightrope walker. Should've been me, baby, don't look down, it should've been me." over a choppy riff courtesy of Denison. On a side note, the packaging this album comes in is truly beautiful, and is wholly representative of the pride the band and Ipecac Recordings have in this record.
If you're reading this then you probably already love Mike Patton and are gonna buy this album anyway, but if Tomahawk is new to you then hear this album any way you can. From the latin ballad "Deasastre Naturale" to the raging "Mayday", this is perfect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fizzy, 29 May 2003
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This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
I won't bore you with how brilliant Mike Patton is; I'll leave you to find that out for yourself via the practically faultless Ipecac label he co-owns, and his myriad collaborations with everybody from art-jazzer John Zorn to apocalyptic punks The Dillinger Escape Plan.
I suppose you could call Tomahawk a supergroup, if you wanted to. Four indie-rock giants (Melvins/Cows bassist Kevin Rutmanis, ex-Jesus Lizard gutarist Duane Denison, former Helmet drummer John Stanier and the godlike Patton) simply having some fun together. No hassle, no pressure. It shows. It's effortlessly, impressively huge.
This is Tomahawk's second album. It is breathtaking at times. Opener 'Birdsong' starts like an alternative theme for 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', all Texas heat and an almost palpable air of menace, with the sound of small birds tweeting before the drums begin a relentless skittering, and Rutmanis' bass oozes out a droning riff. Minutes later, the song explodes into colour, and we're off on a perverse ride into Patton County.
Elsewhere, there's clever, angular punk-rock on the likes of 'Rape This Day' and 'Mayday', and tape-loop ambient frighteners like 'Harlem Clowns', but the standout track is surely 'Capt. Midnight', wherein Patton lulls us into a dark world over skittling drum & bass and lonely tremolo guitar, before unleashing a juggernaut of a chorus.
The whole album has a creepy cinematic feeling, one of late-night backroads deep inside America, where the shadows are full of people up to no good, and cars are filled with lonely, weird, desperate people. Possibly with a body in the trunk.
Investigate this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supergroup return with a bang!, 14 May 2003
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
After the fabulous selftitled album in 2001, the supergroup tomahawk have quietly and quickly followed it up with a blistering new album. This band literally are a super group in alternative circles, combining the elements of Faith No More/Jesus Lizard/ Helmet and Melvins, Tomahawk provide the alternative scene with elements of all these bands. The schizo yet melodic guitar noise of Denison is perfect along side Pattons's genius vocal bliss which in turn is neatly and so effectively backed by Staniers's natural ability to liven up any riff with perfect percussion. Anyone familiar with each members previous work, will not be dissapointed with this purchase. From the opening track of Birdsong with the ambient sounds of a dawnchorus over dark and moody synthesiser which leads into a blister of stanier percussion, you know you are into something special.
A highly recommended purchase for anyone who likes good alternative music that is daring, well produced and not afraid to define boundaries in the name of art.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year, 23 July 2003
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
A must for all true rock fans, "Mit Gas" will blow you away. Featuring an underground rock lover's salivating dream-team of John Stanier (Helmet), Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) and a certain Mike Patton the only question was would an assortment of such talent result in the expected goods?
The answer is unquestionably yes. Moving on a step from their excellent self-titled debut, Tomahawk have made a bold, innovative, subversive, mind-boggling follow-up that weaves itself into your subconscience, never letting you go.
The opening track "Birdsong" defines a band who have rid themselves from all conventional definition. And surely that was the point? We all know (or at least we should) how much of a genius Mr Chameleon voice Patton is, but not nearly enough people know of the talents of Denison. Tomahawk is his baby, and to Jesus Lizard fans this will become apparent on the likes of "You can't win", "Capt.Midnight" and "Harelip" all featuring his trademark dirty, swirling guitar sounds.Add to this a thumping Rutmanis bassline (or dirty funk in "Harelip") here and there, drum and bass-esque drumming from Stanier (on "Mayday") and schizophrenic vocals/keys from Patton and you have a challenging, off-kilter, stunning beast of an album that surely can not be bettered this year.
My advice? Buy it now. Any self-respecting rock fan would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mit Genius, 12 Feb 2009
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
Far from being 'yet another' Mike Patton record, 'Mit Gas' is an album of brutal genius. As much a product of its other members as of its infamous vocalist, there is a stripped down, crunching intensity which is perhaps most reminiscent of certain Faith No More numbers and Mr Bungle's last album 'California', if without the rhythm and key changes. More punk than heavy metal in its musical ethos these 11 short flares feature some of the best progressions, riffs and presence of recent years.

Certainly better than Tomahawk's very strong (self-titled) first album, 'Mit Gas' is also stronger than more popular or infamous work by (early) Mr Bungle, The Melvins or more multi-layered 1980s moments of Faith No More. As an extra plus, this is beautifully packaged.

Pugnacious, propulsive, compelling. Get it.

Essential cuts: 'Birdsong', 'Rape This Day', 'Mayday', 'When The Stars Begin To Fall' and 'Aktion 13FH'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Patton, 27 July 2003
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"xlickitungx" (leamington spa, warwickshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
After the spilt of Faith No More (after Album of The Year) it seemed that Patton was content just to scream, with his left-of-centre projects Fantômas and Mr. Bungle. Tomahawk sees a return to the FNM formula. That however is a bad description of it, because there is nothing formulaic or contrived here.
Continuing where Album of The Year left off, this is a masterpiece, more of a complete album than anything FNM did together - and the whole relaxed attitude towards this project has probably been what has saved this album. Although Mayday and When the Stars Begin to Fall are reminiscent of the last two FNM albums, songs like Rotgut and Harelip add a different dimension to the work that Patton has done. It took me a couple of listens to this album to consciously realize the absence of keyboards on this album; the forte of FNM's song structure. However, the lack of keyboards is very important here, reventing a cluttered sound, which FNM's experimentalism sometimes encouraged. This is probably the most commercially viable album Patton has ever produced. Accessible and brilliant, you should own this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge, 14 May 2003
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NT (Leicester, Leicestershire England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mit Gas (Audio CD)
Still Mike Patton remains at the cutting edge of rock music these days, with unpredictable sounds, weird, original samples.
Dark and eastern sounds like Harelip to fast catchy sounds like Birdsong and Rape This Day make for another class recording.
A lot more accessible than some of the Fantomas stuff too.
If you like Patton's better work, get this.
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