Friday, May 10, 2002

Fantomas - The Director's Cut *CD <10881>

Fantomas are basically a supergroup. I hate lists but if I had to make one for best albums of 2001, Fantomas’s The Director’s Cut would be in the Top 3, if not #1. Members are Mike Patton (Mr Bungle, Faith No More), King Buzzo (The Melvins), Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle) and Dave Lombardo (ex Slayer). The name apparently comes from a series of pre WWI French crime thriller novels, where the protagonist, Fantômas, commits really heinous crimes. All the tunes on the album are covers of movie music, and the whole thing is amazing. It blows me away to hear such a legendary maniac behind the traps play Henry Mancini Experiment in Terror with a gentle touch and feel of a jazz master. The album can be hysterically funny, utterly gorgeous or down right creepy, way creepier than anything any black metal band from Northern Europe can ever hope to be. Slayer fans metal tooth will be satiated to listen to Fantomas blitz thru a cover of The Omen (Ave Satan).