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Star-studded noise-mongers FANTÔMAS — who feature in their ranks FAITH NO MORE frotnman Mike Patton, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osborne, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, and ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo — have been confirmed for the first-ever RockOut festival, set to take place December 6 at Espacio Broadway in Santiago, Chile. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are DEVO and PRIMUS, among others. In a recent interview with Prog Sphere, Lombardo stated about FANTÔMAS: "It's one of the most amazing groups ever. I love that band. And I hope that Mike will say, 'Let's do this [again]!' My door is open. Mike and I, you know, we communicate. We have a great friendship." Speaking to A.V. Club in 2008, Patton was asked if there was "still action with" FANTÔMAS. "It's slowed down a little bit because we've gotten distracted with other things, but I've started writing a new record," he said. "It's gonna be a bit of a stretch for us. I want to try to make an all-electronic record. I'm trying to figure out how to do that, the practicalities of doing that. So I don't think it will be out [for some time], but the band is still very much in my mind." The brainchild of Patton, "Fantômas" is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the "lord of terror." FANTÔMAS' latest album, "Suspended Animation", came out in June 2005. The effort contained 30 tracks, each titled after a different day in the month of April. FANTÔMAS' three previous releases regaled listeners with a sci-fi homage ("Fantômas", 1999), a celebration of the best in film composition ("Director’s Cut", 2001) and a one-song album ("Delirium Cordia", 2004). FAITH NO MORE, which reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, is currently recording its first full-length album since 1997's "Album Of The Year". An April 2015 release is expected.

MIKE PATTON Scores ‘The Vatican Tapes’

FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton's career as a film composer continues to expand with the news that the singer/multi-instrumentalist will now turn his attention to scoring "The Vatican Tapes", a horror film starring Michael Pena ("American Hustle", "Tower Heist") and Djimon Hounsou ("Gladiator", "Blood Diamond"). The news of Patton's upcoming scoring project comes as his work on "The Place Beyond The Pines" has been included in the group of eligible film scores for the 86th Academy Awards and was deemed one of 2013's best film scores by Film Music magazine, which said "Patton proves himself to be equally audacious as a film composer as he is a rock star," adding "while jarring at first to hear this miasma of religious choruses, grunge chords and experimental string writing over 'Pines'' rural landscape, Patton's approach turns out to be completely inspired in conveying the sins of the fathers…" Patton discusses music and film and the worlds of popular music vs. film composition in the Sundance Film Festival panel, Collective Conversations: Sound & Vision – A Panel Discussion on Music in Film. The William H. Macy-moderated panel, which takes place on January 19 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Collective, will also include Craig Wedren, Alexander Ebert, Mica Levi and BT. Photo credit: Ransom & Mitchell