Fantômas: The Omen (Ave Satani)

The Director’s Cut was released in 2001, ex-Faith No More and Mr. Bungle madman Mike Patton’s free metal abstraction Fantômas enjoying metallic reign and reconsideration over a wonderful selection of horror/sci-fi/classic film scores. This was the band’s second album following the jaunty noise freaks of Fantômas (Amenza al Mundo) (1999), which was then succeeded by the surgical epic Delìrium Cordìa (2004) and a metal-infused interpretation of cartoon scores called Suspended Animation (2005), (dork moment), and The Director’s Cut stands as the band’s best piece of work. Granted this seems a slight at the band seeing as the material performed isn’t theirs, but the lengths at which Patton connects the Fantômas dynamic to composers like Henry Mancini, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone shows a staggering appreciation and knowledge of this music. Instead of creating a novelty album whose appeal wears away with every snicker-inducing listen, Fantômas created an ode to adoration. You can tell that this music means something to the band, their respect of it and attempts at translating it via their own language.

A live DVD and concert album of a performance of The Director’s Cut is being released through Patton’s Ipecac label in early September. To the fans, my “Holy shit!!!” was louder than your “Holy shit."

I'm a little bummed out that Dave Lombardo isn't part of this set, though. When I caught a Fantômas show in Philadelphia in 2005, watching Lombardo and Patton interact musically was fascinating.  As much as Slayer sort of portray themselves as a one-and-done sort of band, (despite the fact that they've shown no real signs of being rundown or delivering anything as half-assed as Metallica), Lombardo exhibited musicianship I hadn't thought necessary for someone used mostly to play loud and fast.  He actually made that show for me, even though the rest of the band played very well.

All information courtesy of Speakeasy PR.


SAN FRANCISCO, JULY 21 – Fantômas, the eclectic supergroup featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom), Buzz Osborne (Melvins), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, MadLove) and Dale Crover (Melvins, Shrinebuilder), release
The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution on DVD and as a standalone audio download on Sept. 6 via Ipecac Recordings.

Filmed at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on Dec. 31, 2008, the DVD features audio commentary by comedian Neil Hamburger.

Fantômas released the studio version of
The Director’s Cut in July of 2001. The album tackles a collection of beloved and eerie film compositions including Nino Rota’s “The Godfather,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Cape Fear” and Jerry Goldsmith’s “The Omen (Ave Satani).” Upon its release, Pitchfork said the release was “as cinematic as its source material” and NME called it “gleeful butchering.”

Two songs featured on
The Director's Cut Live: A New Year's Revolution were not in the original release of The Director's Cut: Al Green's "Simply Beautiful" and Marc Bolan & T. Rex's "Chariot Choogle."

The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution track listing:

1. The Godfather

2. Night of the Hunter
3. Cape Fear
4. Experiment in Terror
5. One Step Beyond
6. Rosemary’s Baby
7. The Devil Rides Out
8. Spider Baby
9. The Omen (Ave Satani)
10. Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer
11. Vendetta
12. Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion
13. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
14. Der Golem
15. Charade
16. Intermission
17. Simply Beautiful
18. Chariot Choogle

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