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Tomahawk, Oddfellows
Ipecac Recordings

01/31/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/31/2013 - Okay, here’s one that’s way overdue. When last we left this oddball vehicle for Ipecac chief/ex-Faith No More singer Mike Patton, we were looking at 2007’s Anonymous, which seemed to skew meta, being that the songs were loosely based on Native American chants and such. I thought it was awesome, a lot of people said, “meh” in its face, and life went on, Patton pulling back to hang with his label’s distinctly underground brood of signees (Melvins, for example) and the nine million other things he does. No American Indian stuff here, but it’s another great one, ghostly alt-metal strewn with proto-emo tempo-changes, hard-plonked bass lines, guitar skronk when needed — it’s like what you’d want to hear if Metallica finally grew up and listened to some Big Black albums. “Rise Up Dirty Waters” evokes a dirtier Dirt-era Alice in Chains; ”South Paw” revisits the char-broiled doom-rock of early Ministry. AEric W. Saeger





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