Tomahawk is an experimental alternative metal/alternative rock supergroup from the United States. They formed in 2000 when Fant??mas, ex-Mr. Bungle and Faith No More singer/keyboardist Mike Patton and ex-The Jesus Lizard guitar player Duane Denison started swapping tapes with the intention of collaborating. Duane Denison then recruited ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier (also currently playing with Battles), while Mike Patton brought Melvins/Cows bass player Kevin Rutmanis into the fold.
In 2001 the band released their first album, the self-titled Tomahawk, produced by Joe Funderburk. The band recorded their next album, Mit Gas, with producer Joe Barresi in 2003. Both albums were issued by Ipecac Recordings.
Tomahawk have toured extensively, playing in many countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Europe and Japan. They generally headline shows but have been the supporting act for bands such as Tool. Tomahawk took part in the "Geek Tour", which featured labelmates The Melvins and Fant??mas. Tomahawk have also played at various festivals, including the Big Day Out festival in Australia.
The band's third album, Anonymous, was released on June 19th 2007 through Ipecac Recordings. Kevin Rutmanis left the band during the recording; reasons for his departure are unknown. Rutmanis claims that he didn't even know he had been fired until hearing that the group had begun working on new material. The band is now working as a trio.