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Tomahawk New Album “Tonic Immobility” Out Now via Ipecac Recordings – Album Feature | Gavin Brown

May 13, 2021

Tomahawk Release New Album “Tonic Immobility” Out Now via Ipecac Recordings

Album Review – Gavin Brown

Tomahawk, the band consisting of vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More/Fantomas/Mr Bungle among many others), guitarist Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard), drummer John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) and bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle) return with their new album Tonic Immobility, the groups’ first album in eight years and it sounds like they haven’t been away and sounds as forthright and vital as they always have.

Tonic Immobility

  1. SHHH!
  2. Valentine Shine
  3. Predators and Scavengers
  4. Doomsday Fatigue
  5. Business Casual
  6. Tattoo Zero
  7. Fatback
  8. Howlie
  9. Eureka
  10. Sidewinder
  11. Recoil
  12. Dog Eat Dog

From the off, Tomahawk’s alternative rock/metal sound, laced with progressive and avant-garde elements sounds reenergized on this record, and their off-the-wall energy goes through the roof, resulting in an album that intrigues as well as satisfies the listener, something the band has always done.

Patton’s vocals are, of course, wholly unmistakable and he shows exactly why he is revered as one of rocks greatest vocalists of the past thirty-plus years but those vocals are not the only distinctive feature on this record as Denison’s guitar playing, Dunn’s trademark bass flourishes and Stanier’s pounding drum rhythms drums are all recognizable too and all this adds up to the glory of the Tomahawk sound.

The results of this recognizable and glorious demonstration are shown immediately as Tonic Immobility’s opening track SHHH! blasts into action and from then on, tracks like the vibrant Predators And Scavengers, the grooving Business Casual,  the unhinged Howlie, and the closing, menacing noise of Dog Eat Dog are all varied examples of the power of the music of Tomahawk.

The album has been a few years in the making in terms of the music but it is only over the last year that the album has been fully completed, with a song like Doomsday Fatigue giving mention of “a COVID smile” showing how recently Tomahawk were creating this new music and ultimately this gives it a more urgent feel for sure.

Tonic Immobility is the sound of Tomahawk‘s return and despite being away for a number of years, it sounds fresh and like they haven’t been away. Let’s hope they don’t leave it as long until their next album.

TomahawkTonic Immobility is out now via Ipecac



Words: Gavin Brown

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