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Boomkat Product Review:
Based around April 2005, avant-metal super group Fantomas have recorded a 30 song rainbow cluster-fuck that, just like an E in a can of Special Brew, might not be overly subtle but is guaranteed to knock your socks clean off. Led by Mike Patton (Mr Bungle, ex-Faith No More) and featuring a wealth of noise veterans (Dave Lombardo of Slayer and King Buzzo amongst them), Suspended animation is a white knuckle ride through spastic percussion, Looney Tunes samples and cock-rock riffage of the highest order. Kicking down the aural door with what sounds like a Speak & Spell at Guantnamo Bay, we are soon shoved face first into April 2nd where blistering metal is bred with CBBC to quite unsettling effect. Flipping the calendar to April 3rd we are confronted by a confection of honeyed strings that are soon machine gunned down in their prime by Mad Capsule Market-style drum and metal so sharp it'll have Watchdog in fits for years, before April 8th crashes in and proves that Fantomas are much more than just Ketamine-laced metal, here srving up Romvelope style Tokyo-breakcore. Amongst the cochlea shredding debauchery their does lurk numerous respites for weary travellers, with April 15th's eiree music box menace and April 16th's organic soundscapes just two gleaming examples. Throughout 'Suspended Animation' Fantomas ensure that the avant doesn't obscure the way of the listener and neither does the metal drown them in riffs, instead preferring to serve up stimulating genre mashes such as April 17ths Alec Empire/Film Noir collision or the Cornelius apeing cartoontronica of April 18th. Finishing with a sample from Bugs Bunny's Wagner, you get the feeling that Fantomas have adopted a similar attitude towards metal as Looney Tunes did to opera and in doing so have teased a smile from its grizzled, bearded face. Mental, but oh such good entertainment.