- Audio CD (1 April 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ipecac Recordings
- ASIN: B000PMGAKC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Anonymous is the third studio album by the musical supergroup Tomahawk. It was released on June 19, 2007 through Ipecac Recordings, the record label owned by Tomahawk vocalist Mike Patton. Anonymous charted in Australia, Norway and the United States. Recorded after the departure of bass player Kevin Rutmanis, the songs on Anonymous are based on Native American compositions researched by guitarist Duane Denison.
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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?
I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT!!!!!!!!
I listened to what was seemingly shoddily put together noises and bellows..... I sat through it a second time and turned it off before the end. I went to bed feeling very let down and that Patton had forsaken what could have been an awesome band..... I lay in bed looking up at my black room.........
Then came the chanting, so much chanting.... My head was alive with tribes running through it, and with some of the most catchy vocal lines (I pondered on weather to put lyrics there...... If you've heard it, you'll know what I mean)......
I don't know if this album was supposed to take control of your subconscious, but it does, it is FANTASTIC, something completely different, great riffs, something to get you thinking.... Patton et al did it again.... Although this album is not for the pop crowd but definitely worth buying....
Note..... I would have given it 5 stars only I can't stop chanting!!!!!
Buy it and think of a native american indian name for yourself. I am 'Chief sitting listening'
And then I listened to it. And it seemed it WAS the disaster I had anticipated. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I knew I probably wouldn't like it.
But then I gave it another listen - just in case. First I was caught by the haunting and menacing "Omaha Dance", then the power of "Sun Dance". I had been subtly hooked...before you knew it, I realised I actually liked this album. Then I started to love it.
I'm going over old ground here, but don't expect much in the way of previous Tomahawk outings - although the Tomahawk "sound" IS there, it just crops up from time to time, then it's gone as soon as you've realised.
I don't understand the Fantomas or Faith No More references. The guy in the shop I bought it at told me it sounded like Mr. Bungle. Nope, it doesn't really sound like Bungle either.
If you've got an open mind and are prepared to keep it open for 2 or 3 listens, you may well grow to love this album. If you know what you like, and like what you know, then I would save your money for something more conventional.