Fantomas - Suspended Animation Review
by Gunther The Undying
The thing about Fantomas that separates them from other musical artists is diversity of each album. Every time a Fantomas album comes out, it's much different from the previous one. In this case, Mike Patton and company have created an awesome experiment of cartoon samples and metal. The formation of these two elements makes an interesting masterpiece that really delivers an artistic blast of creativity and brilliance.
Suspended Animation is composed of thirty tiny tracks. Every one of these abnormal outbursts is filled with a healthy does of cartoon samples mixed with fine instrumental and vocal work. The cartoon samples range from famous children's TV shows, to sound effects made in children's toys and games. The samples are very fitting for the record and make Suspended Animation a very unique album. The instrumental work is also outstanding, mainly because the guitars and drums are always present. Buzz's guitar work ranges from thrash riffs to the typical Fantomas stroke of insanity. Dave Lombardo's drumming is complex and unbelievable as on previous Fantomas efforts. Dave's drumming and crazy drum rolls fit in perfectly with the guitars and the cartoon samples. Patton's vocal work is also a huge improvement from "Delirium Cordia." He has a large amount of diversity as he growls, moans and screams random notes that are maniacal, yet proper to the sound. Overall, the vocals, guitars and drums are a dynamic force when mixed with the cartoon samples.
Suspended Animation is surely a well-done, genius album. The combination of samples and music really make Suspended Animation special, mainly because it isn't like anything I've ever heard before. Suspended Animation is without a doubt one Mike Patton's best work and is great place to start if you're new to Fantomas.
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