|Genres||Alternative metal, experimental rock, hard rock, alternative rock, native american music|
|Associated acts||The Denison/Kimball Trio, Fantômas, The Melvins, Mr. Bungle, The Jesus Lizard, Faith No More, Helmet, Battles, The Mark of Cain, Tool, Cows|
|Past members||Kevin Rutmanis|
Tomahawk is an experimental alternative metal/alternative rock supergroup from the United States. They formed in 1999 when Fantômas, ex-Mr. Bungle and Faith No More singer/keyboardist Mike Patton and ex-The Jesus Lizard guitar player Duane Denison started swapping tapes with the intention of collaborating. Denison then recruited ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier, while Mike Patton recruited Melvins/Cows bass player Kevin Rutmanis into the group.
When Faith No More broke up in 1998 Mike Patton created the record label Ipecac Recordings, returned to work with his other band Mr. Bungle, and formed the experimental metal supergroup Fantômas with Buzz Osborne of Melvins and Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Patton met Duane Denison in 1999 at a Mr. Bungle concert in Nashville and the two began exchanging music and jamming.
During May and June 2001 the band recorded their eponymous debut album in Nashville. The album was released on October 30, 2001, it was produced by Joe Funderburk. Sophomore album Mit Gas, recorded with producer Joe Barresi, was released in 2003.
Tomahawk have toured extensively, playing in many countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Europe and Japan. They generally headline shows but have been the supporting act for bands such as Tool. When opening for Tool in 2002, the band were booed off stage. Tomahawk took part in the "Geek Tour", which featured labelmates The Melvins and Fantômas. Tomahawk have also played at various festivals, including the Big Day Out festival in Australia. During the band's early years they were known for dressing up as police officers in promotional photo shoots and during concerts.
The band's third album, Anonymous, was released on June 19, 2007 through Ipecac Recordings. Kevin Rutmanis left the band during the recording; reasons for his departure are unknown. For the album, Denison and Stanier recorded their parts in Nashville, and then sent their finished product to San Francisco where Patton added his vocals and samples.
In July 2011, Mike Patton announced that Tomahawk was preparing to record its fourth album. In early 2012, Tomahawk announced that Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, John Zorn, MadLove, trio-convulsant) would play bass for the band.
In late 2012, the band began playing their first live shows since 2003. On December 3, 2012, a full-length video for first single, "Stone Letter", was posted online. Oddfellows was released January 29, 2013. The band were scheduled to play in Mexico for the first time on March 21, 2014 but withdrew due to an illness. On April 9, 2014 the band announced they would be releasing two previously unreleased tracks from the Oddfellows recording session.
Musical style and influences
Critics have described the band's sound as alternative metal, alternative rock and experimental rock. Other labels that have been affixed to the group include progressive rock, post-rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. Butch Lazorchak of the Boston Herald has compared the band's sound to 1970s hard rock groups such as Blue Öyster Cult. The band's 2007 album Anonymous incorporates Native American music elements.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2012||Eponymous To Anonymous
|2003||Rape This Day||Mit Gas|
The band's first music video was a flash video for the track Laredo, made by fansite Asparagus Productions in conjunction with Ipecac Recordings, this was followed by a music video for Rape This Day from Mit Gas, featuring a cameo from Queens of the Stone Age's Nick Oliveri. No official music videos were released for Anonymous. For the release of Oddfellows the band made music videos for Stone Letter and the title-track. In addition to the band's three official music videos and flash video, there have also been a number of unofficial/fan-made videos.
|2001||Laredo (Flash video)|
|2003||Rape This Day|
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