Mike Patton could have been a rap-metal pinup with Faith No More; instead he has become one of art-rock's most prolific and unpredictable hydra-headed forces. From covering horror-movie themes and Italian pop standards, to spazzing out with Dillinger Escape Plan and Dead Cross, to collaborating with the likes of John Zorn, Sepultura and Merzbow, the dude does it all and then some, with his reportedly six-octave vocal range and alternately maniacal and dapper stage presence. No single playlist could encompass his many voices and personas, but here is our best attempt.
Mike Patton: A Crash Course in Avant-Metal's Man of a Thousand Voices
Go beyond Faith No More and Mr. Bungle with our career-spanning playlist
Linkin Park, Korn, Slipknot and beyond
From Alice in Chains to Temple of the Dog
Avenged Sevenfold singer gains audience with Metallica's founding duo in classic story
From Prague's Pankrác Prison to LOG's 'VII: Sturm und Drang'
Deicide, Death, Morbid Angel and more tell the story of one of heavy music's most game-changing movements
How Seattle rock giants proved the comeback was real with one of their heaviest records
Corey Taylor: "This album is about making peace with the loss that we've suffered"
How Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman's complex relationship has shaped one of heavy music's most insane bands