An American Heavy Metal supergroup, formed in 1998 out of California.
It comprises of:-
Drummer - Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)
Guitarist - Buzz Osborne (The Melvins)
The band is named after Fantômas, a supervillain featured in a series of crime novels popular in France before World War I and in film, most notably in the 60s French movie series.
Fantômas have also involved two touring members;-
Dale Crover – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Terry Bozzio – drums, percussion
Fantômas began just before the initial collapse of Faith No More, as a series of spasmic, Avant-Garde Heavy Metal/Grindcore songs composed by vocalist and bandleader Mike Patton. Patton then sent the demos to guitarist Buzz Osborne (of The Melvins), bass guitarist Trevor Dunn (of Mr. Bungle) and drummer Igor Cavalera (of Sepultura), with the intention of forming a supergroup. Cavalera declined the offer, but recommended who he thought would be perfect for the project: Dave Lombardo of Slayer, who accepted.
The band have released all of their albums through Patton's independent label Ipecac, however there was initially interest from several prominent record labels, primarily due to Patton's commercial success with Faith No More. He recalled "There was a whole lot of interest, at first. People from Geffen and stuff like this came out to the shows. But after the show, they disappeared into the woodwork. There were [also] indies that were interested, but none that I was interested in"
In mid-2005, the band toured Europe with Terry Bozzio on drums, as Lombardo was on tour with Slayer. Lombardo returned to the band for the final dates of the tour, which concluded on September 15, 2005.
On May 13, 2006, Patton revealed to Billboard.com that a fifth Fantômas album was being planned. Of the album, Patton says, "The next record is going to be an all-electronic affair. It's going to take some creative planning on how to record it and execute it, but there will be no acoustic instruments on it whatsoever. We're pretty much about to go into hibernation mode. I need to, once I have a little time, go back to the drawing board and start writing the next one".
In November 2008, Rock-a-Rolla, a UK-based alternative music magazine, exclusively revealed on their website that the new album was currently being worked on and a tentative June 2009 release was possible, however, in the May 2009 issue of Rock-a-Rolla, in an interview with Greg Werckman, Werckman stated that Mike "hasn't even begun" recording the next Fantômas record.
On July 21, 2011, Rock-a-Rolla revealed that Fantômas would be releasing their December 31, 2008, performance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall as a DVD and a standalone audio download, titled The Director's Cut Live: A New Year's Revolution.
On September 16, 2014, Ipecac Recordings announced that on Record Store Day they would be releasing a boxset titled "Wunderkammer," which would contain all of the Fantômas albums on vinyl as well as a cassette featuring Mike Patton's original demos for the band.
In December 2014 Fantômas played their first shows in six years as part of the Rockout Festival in Santiago, Chile, however no plans have been announced to date regarding a new studio recording.
1) 1999 Fantômas (Released: April 26, 1999, Label: Ipecac)
2) 2001 The Director's Cut (Released: July 9, 2001, Label: Ipecac)
3) 2004 Delìrium Còrdia (Released: January 27, 2004, Label: Ipecac)
4) 2005 Suspended Animation (Released: June 14, 2005, Label: Ipecac)
1) 2002 Millennium Monsterwork 2000 (Released: April 1, 2002, Label: Ipecac)
(as The Fantômas/Melvins Big Band)
2) 2011 The Director's Cut Live: A New Year's Revolution (Released: September 6, 2011, Label: Ipecac)
1) 2014 Wunderkammer (Released: December 16, 2014, Label: Ipecac)
1) 2005 Animali in Calore Surriscaldati con Ipertermia Genitale/Cat in Red (with Melt-Banana, Released: August 2005, Label: Unhip)
2) 2013 Sugar Daddy Live Split Series Vol. 10 (with The Melvins, Released: December 31, 2013, Label: Amphetamine Reptile Records)
Non Album Songs
1) "Chariot Choogle" (1:51) – A cover of the song by T.Rex, featured on the Marc Bolan tribute album Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan. Mike Patton recorded this cover and attributed it to Fantômas.
2) "Zemaraim" (3:36) – A version of the song which John Zorn had originally written for his band, Masada, but never performed nor recorded. To celebrate Masada's 10th Anniversary, John Zorn organized the release of an album known as The Unknown Masada; Fantômas contributed this song to the release. The song was arranged by Trevor Dunn, and is one of the only songs by Fantômas not to have been written or arranged by Mike Patton.
3) Where Is the Line (Fantômas Remix) (5:28) – Released as a B-side on Björk's "Where Is the Line" vinyl release.
4) "Animali in calore surriscaldati con ipertermia genitale" (0:44) – Released on the Fantômas / Melt-Banana split, through Unhip Records, in 2005. The cover art was drawn by Italian artist Igort.
5) "SKETCHBOOK 1" - This is rough demos of songs from the album Fantômas. These songs come from the same session as the Chariot Choogle cover and were largely used to send to the remaining members to learn the songs. Page 20, 16, 26, 9, 15, 2, 19, 25 and 7 were released on the Sugar Daddy Live split release with The Melvins. Page 1-30 were released on a cassette as part of the Wunderkammer box set.