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The Director's Cut

FantomasAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005JA7D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Film music and the artier end of the rock spectrum have enjoyed a slightly bent connection since the early '80s, when the noir-savvy California new wavers of Wall of Voodoo made clear Ennio Morricone's influence on their work. Fantomas's second album, The Director's Cut, is in that somewhat playful spirit. The all-star ensemble--ex-Faith No More frontman Mike Patton with members of Slayer, the Melvins, and Patton's Mr. Bungle--adapts disturbing (or at least spooky) themes by Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, Morricone, and others. The bruising but often campy (there is no track 13) result works more often than you'd expect; Nino Rota's Godfather and Harry Lubin's (TV) One Step Beyond excerpts are put through more than effective paces. It's clear that, despite the occasional (inadvertent?) Iron Maiden homage, Patton and friends have no interest in keeping a straight face on this. That's fine, but Patton's goofy lyrical interjections on several of these tunes turns them into not-very-funny cartoons. Still, it's the rare sympathetic listener who won't be driven to check out obscure flicks like Der Golem and The Devil Rides Out. --Rickey Wright

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of Fantomas! September 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having finally gotten around to picking up Delerium Cordia, I still find the The Director's Cut is the most interesting and mind-blowing release of Patton's post-Bungle work. Thus far. If you're a fan of Bungle's darker material but tend to furrow your brow at Patton's more esoteric vocal albums, well, this is definitely for you.

These renditions of famous cult film themes belong in a dimension all their own. From the opening notes of 'The Godfather,' (quiet Italian melodies that quickly burn away into a precision battery of Death Metal prowess...) to the earthy and turntable-fied take on Lynch's 'Twin Peaks: Fire walk With Me,' you get all pistons firing and all facets shining of Fantomas's demented and hair-raising theatrics.

The meat of this is Lombardo's drumming (anyone from Slayer is beyond reproach, in my book) and Patton's voice. As always, the man is unbelievably protean- few lyrics on this, but his vocal dynamics swing (effortlessly) from blood-curdling (The Golem) scream to ominously childlike- little-girl childlike at that- sing-song(Rosemary's Baby). In 'Cape Fear' he uses his shrieks as the string section of that film's classic theme- it works PERFECTLY! At times Patton works lines from the film into the music to add to the all-out creepy aesthetic, like where he chants "IT's EITHER YOUR OR THEM... you or them..." On the atmospheric rendering of 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,' and the obvious terror of, "What have they done to it's eyes!?!" from Rosemary's Baby.

Osbourene and Dunn are capable and consistent as always. But this is Mike and Dave's show, I think. Other instruments are used from tmie to time to flesh out the tunes. Now- There are a few tracks that fall short, where the theatrics come off as corny rather than threatening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Band With This Much Talent Cannot Go Wrong September 21, 2001
By Troy
Format:Audio CD
If I were to pick my dream band it would consist of every member of Fantomas except Trevor Dunn (who is still a magnificent bassist). Mike Patton, along with being unquestionably the best vocalist in rock music, is my idol. Melvins (another of my favorite bands) guitarist King Buzzo is unrelenting with his blistering guitar riffs. Trevor Dunn does get drowned out at times, but is still an amazing bassist, whether playing an electric or standup bass. Dave Lombardo is just amazing. All I can say is listen to "One Step Beyond", and you will understand what I mean. Put all these pieces together, and the product is utter perfection. With this album Patton and the boys decide to take some of their favorite musical pieces from motion pictures and re-create them in a speed/death metal style. Unlike their first album, Directors Cut actually has lyrics rather than only using the vocals as another strange sounding instrument. Fantomas even throws in a pop number, "Experiment In Terror", just to set you up for the blistering, "One Step Beyond". Now, I will admit that Directors Cut is not for everyone. Many Patton fans will be turned off by Fantomas. But, if you are disgusted with all the untalented dung being played on every radio station these days, then Fantomas is your savior.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Restoration September 12, 2002
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The idea of a director's cut is the restoration of an artist's vision after some outside pressure has caused it to be cut, edited or changed in ways not in keeping with her or his vision. And it is precisely restoration, I think, that lies at the heart of this project.
This is an album of movie music covers, mostly older horror films ("The Omen", "Rosemary's Baby" and the like). Just a couple of songs into my first listening of it, though, and my whole sense of the word "heavy" in heavy metal had already been altered. Musical styles changed before my ears, without warning, in ways I'd never heard before--superamped thrash death segued to stuff that reminded me of more psychotic versions of Alice Cooper's "Steven" trilogy, to spaghetti westerns and lounge music, to indescribable stuff. Vocals from lilting falsetto to Tasmanian devil scat. Guitars that made me realize Buzz Osborne is far more talented than I ever gave him credit (and I already give him a lot of credit). I sat, amazed and mesmerized, as music and what I understood as music were reinvented and renovated for me. This doesn't happen often, and I knew that I had found the coolest thing I would find for quite some time. (Which wasn't true...I got Fantomas' first album very shortly after.)
Other reviewers prefer this album (to Fantomas' first) because the songs are more song-like, which only exposes their own limited definition of song--a definition Fantomas as a band delights in twisting, abusing, turning inside out and so forth. Besides that, cover tunes will inevitably be more tune-like, since the originals are. Other reviewers constantly draw comparisons with the bands from which the Fantomas members have come, partly in order to characterise the sound, I suppose, but often with a note of disappointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTOMAS has found their calling... July 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...and it is in re-working film scores. Patton, Mr. Bungle, and the Melvins have always been incredibly artistically diverse and ambitious, yet before I heard this album it sounded like, you know, a good idea, but one that might not actually sound that great.
Man, was I wrong. This album is a stunner, a musical monument that takes a bunch of movie standards from a relatively diverse field of composers and puts them together as a pretty cohesive album that actually hangs together more coherently than Fantomas' first self-titled album. Whereas that album was an introduction to the sound and aesthetic of the supergroup (Mike Patton of Faith No More/Mr. Bungle, drummer Dave Lombardo from Slayer/Grip Inc., Buzz osborne, mastermind behind the Melvins, and bassist Trevor Dunn from Mr. Bungle). A sprawling epic with many moods, tempos, and sounds, it still sounds less schizophrenic and more coherent than the first record.
Higlights, to this listener, include: a stunningly heavy version of Bernard Herrmann's _Cape Fear_ theme, done a la Black Sabbath; a beautifully demented take on the "Rosemary's Baby_ theme; Ennio Morricone's _Investigaton of a Citizen Above Suspicion_, which in the hands of Fantomas sounds like a mix between Rammstein and the 70's soundtrack funk of _Fantastic Planet_; a speed-metal take on the _Godfather_ theme song; the _Twin Peaks:Fire Walk With Me_ theme, with Patton imitating the child-like jazz stylings of Jimmy Scott; and a deliciously mutated slamdance take on the _Omen_ theme song _Ave Satani_.
Overall, the playing is jaw-dropping, the production is clear and crunching, and the moods are spellbinding. Best album of 2001? I haven't heard anything this inventive anywhere else yet...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 8 months ago by Carlos Pantoja
3.0 out of 5 stars Weeping wails of inconsistency
3 1/2

Even if this album is as much, if not more, thrash-junkie annoying then it is melodically hard-hitting amazing, there are still so many great moments throughout... Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars eh,cool
im not really a big fan of mike patton really the only time i liked him was with dillinger escape plan but then i heard songs like rosemary's baby and experiment in terror and... Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Brusso Magallanes
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful nightmare
mike patton`s fantomas,the director`s cut,is a masterpiece of mayhem.fantomas is as diverse as mike pattons vocal range,to me, the best singer, songwriter of our era. Read more
Published on November 3, 2007 by c-mo
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Patton's Fantomas Project.
I am a huge fan of Mike Patton's work and this band 'Fantomas' is no exception. Whatever Mike Patton does is really worth a listen. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by B. K. Wingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing !!
I was very astonished by the titles of this CD then when listening to, Oh My God !

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I think this is THE REPRISE'S ALBUM of the decade !! Read more
Published on August 15, 2006 by Delaplace
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Fantomas album
Director's Cut: The version of a film in which the editing process is overseen, executed, or approved by the director, usually including footage not included in the standard... Read more
Published on July 18, 2006 by Murat Batmaz
4.0 out of 5 stars So, Patton released a covers album, eh?
Well, not quite. The only Fantomas album I've heard that really grabbed me, Director's Cut is a great album for those who want something dark and bizarre yet also catchy and... Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by Chris 'raging bill' Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bungle-Quality ladies and gents
This album is PHENOMENAL. Where am I coming from when I say this? Well, Mr. Bungle is probably my favorite band ever, and Patton is my favorite performer. Read more
Published on December 1, 2005 by 123nick456789
4.0 out of 5 stars art metal psycho soundtracks
endlessly creative and very provacative reworkings of popular film themes. every sound and styled is utilized and exploited to create a delightful mish mash of a little bit of... Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by J. Holmes
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