Fantomas
Fantomas


4.5
superb

Review

by jakethemetalguy USER (6 Reviews)
January 16th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fantômas is a breath-taking experiment, encompassing ideas outlandish and untouched. This album is best listened to in a dark room with a fire gently rolling in its center.

If you've ever had a nightmare about being trapped in an insane asylum, confined to a room, only able to hear the disgruntled shrieks of the adjacent inmates, you might be able to compare with Fantômas's sound. Book one starts the novel with the vocal equivalent to a heartbeat, leading straight into a bell-lead chorus accompanied by frantic clicking noises. A few sparse maracas and chimes back the intriguing sonic exploration, melding smoothly with the raving freak outs; the majority of Fantômas's self titled debut is led by drums, bass, and animalistic sounds, uttered by the lauded Mike Patton.

Now, you've established yourself in a mental hospital; your ride has just begun. Soon, your thoughts race through your mind, projecting movie quotations, sparse laughter, and footsteps to your auditory senses. Have you begun to lose your mind? The album, now on page five, has you lying uncomfortably on your generic white, semi-cushioned bed; strange jungle chants mix with the bleatings of a nearby didgeridoo, and bamboo drums, colliding with euphoric, tribal screams, explode around you.

You're in the fetal position; the noise slows to a paralyzed sprawl of muddy bass, for a brief moment. You've turned the page to six and seven, and, just as some semblance of calm began to creep into you, sharp screams violate your ears. The pages are flying open now, exposing themselves without your beckoning; you're on a podium amidst howling cannibals, chanting their death songs in lieu of the avaricious act of their ripping your flesh off. You're about to die!

And then, nothing. You're tightly clutching your legs to your chest, moisture streaming off your face; you're still hearing and seeing all these horrible things, but you're anchored. You can see your feet. Now you can see the machine housing your head; it's a surround-sound mind-***. Mechanical noises and scattered ululations crawl into your brain as the pages fly off the book.

You don't know how long you've been here, but the book is winding down; more edges of your reality are tearing, and Patton's mouthing noises you didn't know existed in this dimension. Guitars are spewing pithy cries of dead lambs and drums interlace beneath with the women calling out in the night for salvation. Your white walled room and the pitfall jungle of your mind finally intermix and eternally intertwine.

You've just been taken into a nuthouse by a few people bashing instruments and screaming into a microphone.



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Phil
January 16th 2010


1473 Comments


Wow, this has to be one of the best reviews I've read. The album really is a mind fuck. Its got Dave Lombardo of Slayer fame as well.

Buccaneer
January 16th 2010


692 Comments


I enjoyed this review...there is no conventional way to reviewing this band. Good job. This is the only album in their discog that i dont have yet...might have to fix that

ThePalestMexican
January 16th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn good review for a damn good album.

Rationalist
January 16th 2010


880 Comments


y4y

jagride
February 7th 2010


2341 Comments


Awesome album, not enough comments

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


21255 Comments


interesting review. gotta listen to this

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2012


21255 Comments


wow this is really weird. not sure what i think of it yet..

slagun
March 27th 2013


709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great way to write a review, album seems real messed up

BigPleb
October 24th 2013


36740 Comments


This fuckin rules.

InbredJed
March 7th 2014


5917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this seriously needs more love, its pure evil genius

Digging: JJ Cale - Okie

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2014


21255 Comments


gonna give this another listen tomorrow and see what happens. hopefully i dont end up in an insane asylum

InbredJed
March 7th 2014


5917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll pray for you...



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