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Oddfellows by Tomahawk
Released: Jan 2013
Label: Ipecac Recordings
The detached aesthetic of this alt-metal supergroup's fourth album feels way more alt than metal. Their Faith No More/Jesus Lizard/Melvins pasts all figure in: Songs stop and start, yell and whisper, and split the difference between supper club and moshpit, occasionally stopping off at horror ("I Can Almost See Them") and spy ("Typhoon") soundtracks. But there's nothing here to scare away, say, Pixies fans -- not even when the skippidy-dippidy throat-clearing of "Choke Neck" makes way for mass-murderer shtick, or some stuff later on the order of "Baby let's play dead/ I got a hole in my head."
CHUCK EDDY