The Director’s Cut, an album review

An album review written by: Lee Sonogan

Fantômas – 39:02 (2001) Alternitive metal, experimental rock, avant-garde metal

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“This luck you can’t buy,
Won’t touch you this time,
One day this dirty stool pigeon will fly.”
– Experiment in Terror, Fantômas

One of the best cover albums of themes from horror and thriller movies and tv shows. Researching this album that I have re-listen to many times over now I was surprised to know that Mike Patton of Mr Bungle and Faith No More is the lead singer of all three bands. And Trevor Dunn from Mr. Bungle and Tomahawk is also the bassist for Fantômas. This one is for any serious metal fan out there.

In these original tracks you will hear impressive vocals, talented drums and original and technical guitar and bass playing. Essentially an instrumental album the vocals come across as more instrumental. Wacky, chaotic, poetic, brutal and so much more styles that holds on to you while keeping you interested. Some people have also mentioned that it seems like a music version from a David Lynch movie.

Tracklist of this album:

  • The Godfather
  • Der Golem
  • Experiment in Terror
  • One Step Beyond
  • Night of the Hunter
  • Cape Fear
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Devil Rides Out
  • Spider Baby
  • The Omen (Ave Satani)
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Vendetta
  • Untitled
  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Charade

Overall The Director’s Cut manages to stand out from what it covers while keeping the key elements of the original content in a wonderful way. This album you need to listen to from start to finish to appreciate it’s flow and narrative progression. The combination of all the ways to desribe this album knows no boundaries which makes it unique. I highly recommend this to people looking for something experimental, familiar and also a quality variety.

“When we play our charade
We were like children posing
Playing at games
Acting out names
Guessing the parts we play.”
– Charade, Fantômas

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