- Brand: Tomahawk
- Product Code: Tomahawk–TonicImmobility
Black vinyl pressing on 180g vinyl, distributed in a gatefold sleeve.
Tonic Immobility — the band’s first album in eight years — is arguably Tomahawk’s most diverse offering to date, swinging wildly between heavy experimental rock, theatrical ambience, and more accessible, radio-friendly hard rock. The opening barrage of “SHHH!” and “Valentine Shine” see Patton carrying over some the thrashy barks from Mr. Bungle’s latest project. The latter track’s skronky guitar leads and rhythms are a penchant of guitarist Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard), and longtime Tomahawk fans will immediately recognize his wily playing style. The band’s rounded out by rounded out by drummer John Stanier (Battles, ex-Helmet) and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn. The topically titled “Doomsday Fatigue” offers a brief reprieve in the form of a woozy, sparse composition that evokes the smoldering black asphalt of a summer day in Los Angeles. Patton plays right along with a lurching vocal track. In the sequence of the tracklist, it provides a perfect intro for lead single “Business Casual” — a grunged-out heavy rocker with massive Denison power chords. Patton’s boisterous shouts and howls are echoed by softer musical moments, like the minor arpeggios in the bridge of “Tattoo Zero”. Balance in the songs keep the from sounding too same-y, and for each harsh moment, Tomahawk dish out something mellow.