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An intriguing venture, with convincing results
on 21 June 2007
And then there were three... After bassist Kevin Rutmanis was unceremoniously booted out of the Melvins, so his place in Tomahawk was lost under equally unspectacular circumstances. Was he fired? Where did he go? Does anyone care? It's highly unlikely, and what is far more intriguing is the sound created on the group's latest record.
For album number three, Duane Denison - who originally conceived the band - searched the archives for material on the Native Americans of the late 19th Century. Inspired by what he found, and in homage to the uncredited artists of the time, he went about creating what would eventually become Anonymous. After recording both the guitar and bass parts, alongside sticksman extraordinaire John Stanier, Denison then passed these haunting arrangements on to one Mike Patton...
Ever the perfectionist, Patton has done a stellar job in re-creating the chants and intonations of his nation's forebears in his own, unique style. The resultant racket is, by turns, dark, hypnotic and melancholy, and - as a whole - unsettling as it is soothing. Needless to say, a record like this is never going to make the Top 40, but it's definitely worth repeated listens and it'll still have me dancing round the totem pole come the end of the year, I'm sure. As always with the Ipecac label - and Patton in particular - the artwork is stunning and almost worth the price of the CD alone. I mean, doesn't he just make you sick?