1. Forming in 1998, this band is the brainchild of modern compositional experimentalist, Mike Patton
. Other members include Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Buzz Osborne (Melvins), and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle). The first band to release an album on Patton's independent record label, Ipecac Records. Helping to redefine post-modern metal, this band has released four albums to date. Their albums include Fantomas (1999), The Director's Cut (2001), Delirium Cordia (2004), and Suspended Animation (2005). None of which are exactly alike. Ranging in themes from comic book suspense, movie score covers, surgical horror, and cartoon cut & paste mayhem. Arguably one of the most challenging and talented group of musicians in the new millenium. The music can only be described as unique. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Rapid start-stop tempos mixed with vast expanses of heavy soundscapes and precise execution of complex time changes. Live performances prove to the music fan why this band is not to be taken lightly. With Patton directing traffic, you can see that this band is capable of anything. Truly one of the most ground-breaking bands of the avant garde modern era.
2. The main character in a long series of pre-WWI French thriller novels. An anti-hero. A villain.
When I listened to Fantomas last night, they rocked my socks off.