Tetema: Geocidal

Mike Patton heads up this full-on, avant-garde collaboration.

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You only need to glance at his résumé to grasp precisely how deeply entrenched in progressive territory Faith No More frontman Mike Patton has become over the past 25 years.

His releases can be loosely divided into two categories: records that will be instantly adored by fans of FNM and Mr Bungle, and the much weirder ones – records that belong firmly in the avant-garde realm. A collaboration with maverick Australian composer Anthony Pateras, Geocidal is definitely in the latter camp, but unlike some of his more challenging projects – 1997’s mind-bending Pranzo Oltranzista springs to mind – there’s a linearity, an almost cinematic flow to these disparate experiments in sound and voice that might just draw in a few Fantômas fans along the way. From scabrous electronics to fluid grooves and hints of monochrome jazz, these are immersive trips into Pateras’ imagination, with Patton assuming the role of bug-eyed tour guide. At times you may feel like you’ve been trapped in a wind tunnel with a herd of elephants. At others, you’ll fear that Cthulhu is about to emerge from the cupboard under the stairs. An aural nightmare that you won’t want to end.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.