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Tomahawk are an underground rock supergroup featuring singer Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, guitarist Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Battles, and bassist Trevor Dunn of Mr Bungle replacing Kevin Rutmanis of The Cows and Melvins. They formed at the turn of the century and are based in multiple locations across the United States. The band's sound is a mix of several genres, including experimental, punk, metal and country, although their music generally falls under the Alternative Rock and Alternative Metal umbrellas.


  • Tomahawk (2001)
  • Mit Gas (2003)
  • Anonymous (2007)
  • Oddfellows (2013)
  • Tonic Immobility (2021)

This band demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Alternative Metal
  • Alternative Rock
  • Audience Shift: The band's latest album Oddfellows had a noticeably more mainstream sound, with the band hoping to appeal to a wider audience, as their fanbase is mainly comprised of die hard Mike Patton fans.
  • Jerkass: The band used to mock the crowds they played in front of, which would lead to the Intended Audience Reaction of booing.
  • Native American Mythology: Their third album Anonymous is a modern reworking of traditional Native American music.
  • Police Brutality: "You Can't Win" is about this. The band themselves would dress up as cops during performances.
  • Shout-Out: "Laredo" includes the lyric "The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river", which is a line of dialog from Sweet Smell of Success. "Sweet Smell of Sucess" is also the name of a song from the same album.