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4.0 out of 5 stars TOMAHAWK - "ODDFELLOWS"
Tomahawk have already released three diverse albums so it was with great anticipation to see what direction they would go in on album number four "Oddfellows", would they throw another curve-ball in the form of their last album, the brilliant (yet sadly overlooked) "Anonymous" or would they go back to their rock smoky jazz fusion that served them so well on their first...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as odd as they wanna be
The least strange of all Patton's output since Faith No More, Tomahawk's 'Oddfellows' is decidedly underwhelming in that regard. Duane Denison's riffs may have spent a long time fermenting through his love of all kinds of cutting edge music but the results sound rather pedestrian when squashed into the verse/chorus format. That's not to say the songs aren't good though...
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOMAHAWK - "ODDFELLOWS", 28 Jan 2013
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Tomahawk have already released three diverse albums so it was with great anticipation to see what direction they would go in on album number four "Oddfellows", would they throw another curve-ball in the form of their last album, the brilliant (yet sadly overlooked) "Anonymous" or would they go back to their rock smoky jazz fusion that served them so well on their first two albums? Those answers were given in the form of the first single "Stone Letter" which showed the band still know how to do a killer three minute song with a soaring chorus. The band have also added long-time Mike Patton collaborator Trevor Dunn (a man comfortable playing any style) on bass to replace Kevin Rutmanis who did not appear on the last album "Anonymous".

The album opens with the title track which opens with big heavy pounding drums backed by a great Duane Denison riff and a late flourish of a guitar solo towards the end of the track. "White Hats/Black Hats" is a track that twists into different directions and even has some cool background vocals; the trademark Tomahawk sound can be heard on "A Thousand Eyes" with its slow groove. The album has many rocking moments such as "South paw" which has industrial style drums and a choppy guitar in the background before a soulful Patton lyric calms the song down. The band play it funky on "Waratorium" with its groovy bass and drums locked in tight. Tomahawk have always been masters of changing tempo mid song and there is an example of this again in "Rise Up Dirty Waters" which starts off having a laid back jazz feel before breaking into full rock mode half way through. The album closes with "Typhoon" a song that shows what affect working on film scores has had on Patton has the song is surrounded by an eerie guitar in the background, as well as featuring some great drumming from John Stanier.

Once again Tomahawk have delivered an album that contains a bit of experimenting but is one that is still a rock album at its core. It is great to hear Patton's voice over guitar, bass and drums again while still being uniquely different from all his other bands/projects. "Oddfellows" in many ways is a slow burner of an album which gets better with each listen as you discover new things you mightn't have heard first time around. It has now being about thirteen years since Patton and Denison started swapping ideas that would eventually become Tomahawk, in that time they have now built up a wide and diverse collection of songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebelliously...Normal., 21 Jun 2013
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Having purchased this album it has made me revisit all the other Tomahawk and Mr Bungle albums. In a very weird way this album is most notable in that it is relatively 'normal'. Which, in Mike Patton's mind, is probably the most 'out-there' thing he has done. What an odd and remarkably refreshing individual. By 'normal' I mean accessible to the common man in the street. Bear in mind this is the guy who makes albums like 'Adult Themes for Voice' and receives credits on the movie 'I Am Legend' for....ah....being the animal noises. Or maybe I'm now just conditioned for him to come out with something so odd this seems more surprising!

Still full of splendid lyrics, very fine riffs, the ever reliable John Stanier on drums (Helmet are nothing without him, sorry Paige Hamilton :O/ ), but...well...commercially viable!?!? Even more so than Peeping Tom to some degree (and that was Patton's attempt at a 'pop' album). Tomahawk provide another excellent album of...stuff to make you wonder if an FNM reformation is in any way necessary. Cooler name too. :O) Shocking eh!?!

Enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tiz Gud Yah!, 6 Feb 2013
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Firstly I wouldn't compare this to the Tomahawk albums you've heard in the past, and let's be honest; comparing albums to other albums is silly. If you have open ears and an open mind every time, you'll nearly always win.

This is a welcome addition to my album collection.

Buy it, you might like it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius with added guitars, 30 Jan 2013
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10 years after the last album of original material, Mike Patton-fronted Tomahawk come back from suspended animation - a lacklustre 2007 LP of covers of Native Indian Anthems aside - with what I could politely call a return to form : "Oddfellows" is a worthy successor, and also, it's about time Patton played this one of his many strengths, a voice like Herecules, and melodic control that crushes so many of his once-peers in the trampled mud of their own mediocrity. Which is another way of saying Patton has an amazing vocal range and ability, and here he uses it to the full.

It's a welcome return : 2003's "Mit Gas" was easily the best Patton LP in recent years and this is just as good. It lacks the crazed, bulging-eye silliness of the "Crank 2 : High Voltage" soundtrack, but makes up for it in dense songwriting, deft arrangement, and a more hooks than a pirate film. The album doesn't so much roar, as lurk, where the space between the songs is as potent as the unseen in a horror film, where, like the pause in Metallica's "Sad But True", some of the heaviest silence in musical history. On "Stone Letter", and "White Hat/Black Hat", Pattons voice - an instrument in itself - becomes the sound of a thousand melodies fighting with themselves. Which is a way of saying the huge, multi-layered song weaves guitars, vocals, and rhythms to a dense and satisfying conclusion.

The flipside of this is that sometimes Tomahawk do understated : "A Thousand Eyes" is all spindly guitars and hushed vocals - but before long it's back to the kind of literate, noisy rubbish that Tomahawk do better than anyone else. "South Paw" is a glorious bag of angry cats being thrown stairs whilst someone listens to a Ramones rehearsal on a cheap tape deck. And it sounds wonderful - especially Patton's epic 30 second scream on "Typhoon.". The whole record, short and succinct, but also potent and loaded with melody and tension/release is a refreshing and satisfying fix from Patton and his comrades. A welcome, and fiery return to the arena.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pattonmania, 11 April 2014
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I liked him since Faith No More days. All of Tomahawks albums are worth it. Long delivery ( cd comes from states) but perfect condition. I do recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as odd as they wanna be, 26 April 2013
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The least strange of all Patton's output since Faith No More, Tomahawk's 'Oddfellows' is decidedly underwhelming in that regard. Duane Denison's riffs may have spent a long time fermenting through his love of all kinds of cutting edge music but the results sound rather pedestrian when squashed into the verse/chorus format. That's not to say the songs aren't good though. 'Stone Letter' is good fun with a chorus you can gleefully shout along to and 'IOU' starts off sounding weirdly reminiscent of the music from Top Gun when the planes are about to take off!
'The Quiet Few's off-putting riff sounds like spooky minor key hardcore crossed with a rockabilly delivery and 'South Paw' has an unrelenting groove that wants you to move. The feeling of something being 'not quite right' keeps nagging at me every time I listen to this record though. If this is intentional then it's genius, if not then you'll be left with the impression that perhaps they should have spent more time working on the melodies that at time, seem underdeveloped and mumbled during the verses in order to make the choruses stand out more - which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

You will have to spend some time with this record for it to mean something to you - I've heard it 10 times now and am just starting to appreciate it properly. Upon release it entered our UK charts in the Top 20 so tomahawk are doing something right! Aren't they?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice effort., 1 April 2013
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Nice come back from Mike Patton and his pears, to me it was a bit too much pop like, reminding me of Peeping Tom, but still great album and the Tomahawk mistic is there. Enjoy :-D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 Mar 2013
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Glad to see Tomahawk back and this album is a good comeback ordered it on the pre order price which was a total bargain.
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