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May 10, 2003
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Mit Gas

So here's the thing: normal people like you and i tend to accept the fact that sleep and general rest are beneficial. without them we would probably whittle away in a fit of unrest and/or lash out against our neighbors. well...Mike Patton is here to tell us that sleep and rest are for those who love the dastardly life because apparently this man (or zombie?) needs neither. usually members in a band are monogamous. that is, to be a part of another group which coexists with the original is never really espoused. but Patton, he treats bands like frat. pledges treat sorority girls: he wants em all (and unlike the latter, patton actually gets em!). while playing with Faith No More he worked with Mr. Bungle. two bands. same lead singer. when FNM dissolved in 1998, people believed Patton would take a break. instead he formed his own label (Ipecac), signing some rather promising artists like Kid 606 and Mondo Generator (feat. Nick Oliveri from QOTSA), formed Fantomas, and formed Tomahawk, one of the most inventive bands around today. if Fantomas--whose new album is titled Shaq Ownz You--represents Mr. Bungle on Heroin then Tomahawk represents Record of The Year-era Faith No More...but don't worry, it's still guaranteed to create a sense of discomfort with each listen.

Mit Gas strays from its eponymous predecessor by employing more straightforward metal elements and some interesting sound samples. the album begins with 'Birdsong' which, as the title dictates, has birds chirping. but, Sound of Music be damned, a nefarious bass croons in the background like a child gone mad with an AK-47 in hand. Patton deals with some of the more gruesome subject matter in rock: masturbation, murder, and misogyny top his yearly christmas list. the subject matter is so off-putting sometimes that if Patton didn't have so much talent i'd be tempted to destroy the cd. but by exemplifying these horrendous themes, Patton shows the inherent disgust in them and that makes both albums so brilliant. like i previously said, this album employs more blunt-force rock. though tempo changes abound, they don't roam to the same degree as the previous album. but Patton still goes that extra mile to creep you out by recording a love song in Spanish ('Desastre Natural') and using a repeating sound bite before launching a vocal and general sonic barrage ('Aktion 13F14').

so yeah, i'm thinking that Patton probably has coffee in his veins and does cocaine for shits and giggles. either that or he's just that good of a musician.

Release date: May 6, 2003
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Rating: 10.0 / 10