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2905, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus enters at number 2 in Norway album charts and number 6 in Denmark

May 29th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Another day and another very high chart placing for Faith No More album Sol Invictus. The album has debuted at number 2 in the Norwegian VG Lista Top 40 album chart.

It is the band’s best-ever album placing in Norway beating Album of the Year which peaked at number 5 in 1997, King for a Day…which reached number 6 and Angel Dust which peaked at number 7 in 1992.

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Denmark

And Sol Invictus has now debuted at number 6 in Denmark’s album charts also – the second highest new entry.

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In other chart news, Sol Invictus looks set to drop outside the German top 10 in its second week. The VIVA midweek chart has it at number 16. The new chart will be announced later today.
And Sol Invictus is now number 19 in the Irish album charts in its second week.

Sol Invictus in charts worldwide

#1 in Finland
#2 in Australia
#2 in Czech Republic
#2 in Norway
#3 in Switzerland
#4 in Germany
#5 in Scotland
#6 in Denmark
#6 in UK
#6 in New Zealand
#6 in US album sales
#7 in Austria
#7 in Netherlands
#9 in Canada
#10 in Belgium (Flemish)
#10 in France
#10 in Ireland
#15 in US Billboard chart
#15 in Belgium (French)
#23 in Spain
#27 in Sweden

2905, 2015

Faith No More at Rock im Revier in Germany set time and more

May 29th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More kick off their 2015 European tour today in Gelsenkirchen in Germany today at the new and hastily rearranged Rock im Revier festival.

Faith No More will take to the stage at the early time of 18:30 CET and play until 19:45 CET. (0930 Calofornia time, 1230 New York,  1330 Chile, 1730 UK time and 0230 Sydney time

The concert takes place at the Veltins Arena – the home of German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04.

Faith No More will take to the stage here later today

 

 

2805, 2015

Links for a day…177: Hudson interview; Korn love; two full concerts, more reviews and win a snowboard

May 28th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Rock Hudson rock

Our friends at FNM4ever have posted a clip of the interview that Chilean radio station Rock and Pop recently conducted with Jon Hudson.

Munky likes Sol Invictus

Korn guitarist Munky re-iterated his love for Faith No More when interviewed by Loudwire recently.

I feel like we did, actually I just saw you the other night at Faith No More out in Los Angeles. It was a frickin’ phenomenal show.
They can do no wrong by me. They sound great. I like their new stuff, too. It fits right in with the old stuff, I think.
They could have put out a turd and we’d be like, ‘That’s awesome!’
I think everyone is so excited to hear them and see them playing together again, I know a couple of the guys, they’re great guys and phenomenal musicians. To me, they’re not a metal band. They always say they’re not a metal band. I’ve always kind of felt that way about Korn.
They inspired Fieldy and I to start a band and start playing. That was back in 1987, so it’s inspiring that not only are they still going, but they sold out that place three nights in a row. It gives guys like me hope. [Laughs]

Faith No More at the London Forum 1995

Faith No More return to London in two weeks (FNM 2.0 will be there) and FNM4ever have unearthed a full London show from 1995 for your election.

Faith No More in London 2012

And our friends at Evergig have put together one of their trademark synced and crowd-sourced videos of Faith No More’s show at the Brixton Academy on 10 July 2012.

Win a Faith No More snowboard

A great promo here from TestPress.

Another 8/10 review in Germany

Danke again to Mira for her translation of this excellent review of Sol Invictus in German magazine Rock Hard.

Review from Rock Hard magazine #337, out in shops now

Self-irony is a lovely thing. Apart from that: As ‘aggressive’ as FNM present themselves in recent photos (grey-haired gentlemen in suits) ‘Sol Invictus’ sounds. Despite the incredibly high expectations regarding their first album in 18 years, the alternative-pioneers around Mike Patton are taking it easy. On the face of it, it appears they might have smoked pot in the studio, because of the subtle humour of the lyrics, bizarre phrases like ‘Sunny side up’ from the world of fried eggs used in a completely different context and some inventive sound effects which surprise the listener every now and then. In reality, it was surely concentrated work not to overload the album, nor to let mankind’s expectations get to them. Three years they worked secretly and stress-free in bassist Billy Gould’s studio and added endless musical styles to their very own sound, while Mike Patton wheezes, whispers and shouts as if he gave a damn about record sales. This impertinence has always characterised FNM since their heyday. Sure, they had a little more youthful vigour before, but Mike Bordin’s ingenious groove is still there, the coolness as well. And that’s the most important thing about Faith No More. Sunglasses and a broad grin put on – and speakers up in the city traffic. The album has it, even without an obvious smash hit. (8/10; Holger Stratmann)

More reviews

A very good one from the site that makes Fox news look like the Socialist Worker, Breitbart. Gutcheck gives a good take-down of the archetypal Sol Invictus review before saying some good things:

“You can never tell how great their records are, because it’s a long game with them. Their songs don’t ever knock you over instantly. Instead they present themselves, and as you listen – melodies, riffs, and infectious parts burrow into your noggin – and bother you months later. FNM didn’t really become one of my favorite all time bands until after I’d had all their records for a couple of years. And realized I was playing them every day.

Every album works like that. Reviewing a FNM album should take place a year after purchase. The same thing with kids.”

And adding:

“Sol Invictus works like your basic FNM record: the sequencing is an artful job, hustling you politely through all the gentle, harsh, weird surprises that follow – and then when it’s over, you get back on the ride and start over, just like Space Mountain. When I first heard “Motherf*cker,” I dismissed it as a stunt. But it makes sense somehow among its peers. The album makes the song great.

My favorite song is a bouncy racket called Black Friday. Hard to explain if you had to – but it’s a song only this band could do. The clapping gives it a Monkees, Neil Diamond feel that is something new for a group used to fiendish vibes.”

Soundblab also give a positive review and an 8/10 score stating:

“A brief look at the tracklisting will tell you that with titles such as ‘Motherfucker’, ‘Separation Anxiety’ and ‘Black Friday’, the attitude is here. Hell, even ‘Sunny Side Up’ is snarling and pumping its way into your synapses by hook or by crook.”‘I’d like to peel your skin off,” Mike Patton howls through the slow-building and punishing ‘Cone of Shame’ – so much for being comfortable in middle-age… At less than 40 minutes, this is a short, sweet and wonderful return. More is promised from the band and what is here leaves you glad of that.”

And the The Music Enthusiast weigh in with their detailed review. They say:

“Regurgitation is a word that certainly cannot apply to Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s first studio album in eighteen years; and that creative genius is firing on all cylinders throughout the ten tracks that comprise it.

Perhaps, Sol Invictus will be the first in another string of albums, or maybe it will stand as the pièce de résistance on an already illustrious career, a career that possibly may see this second coming run its course sooner rather than later.

Whichever path the road takes them down, one thing stands for sure: they’ve created a new record that has no trouble holding its own against any of their revered classics…Sol Inivctus fits snuggly against their products of the nineties, pulling off innovation in the music as they prove there are still some boundaries to push; the at times abstract lyrics that Patton and the rest of the band are known for writing being sharp as ever, and engrossing to listen to.”

 

2205, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More take number 4 spot in official German album charts

May 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Faith No More have gone straight into number 4 in the official German charts with Sol Invictus.

They are pipped to the top spot by three other new entries from Andreas Gabalier, Lena and Michael Patrick Kelly.

Sol Invictus becomes the second-highest charting album in Germany for the band. Album of the Year reached number 2 in 1997 while both Angel Dust and King for a Day.. peaked at number 8.

Top 10

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2205, 2015

REVIEW: Germany’s Der Spiegel hails Sol Invictus as a “masterpiece”

May 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Leading German magazine Der Spiegel recently gave Sol Invictus a brilliant 9.5/10 review. The review is written by the editor of Spex – who also did that wonderful double review of the Faith No More album and Blur’s Magic Whip – Torsten Groß and we’re very fortunate that the brilliant Mira has provided expert translation in English for us.

In May 1997 FNM performed at Berlin’s SO36. They looked tired and listless, obviously disliked each other even though dressed in uniformed suits. The title of the album that the show was promoting seemed even more ridiculous against this background than it was anyway: ‘Album of the Year’ – which then wasn’t the album of the year but the Californian’s swansong. In 1998 it was over, singer Mike Patton suggested to please shoot him if he was to play with Faith No More ever again.

11 years later it happened to be that Patton and drummer Mike Bordin met again at Roddy Bottum’s wedding. They wallowed in nostalgia – and suddenly from 2009 on Faith No More played a couple of shows every once in a while. Parallel to this rapprochement the musicians secretly started recording a new album about two years ago. Gould and Bottum had a couple of ideas, Patton reportedly needed to be convinced on a night out drinking.

You would believe it, because of all it was hard to see Patton as part of Faith No More again. While Bill Gould struggled through the years, Patton made clear that his interpretation of crossover had more to do with John Zorn than with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with more and more crazy and in parts unlovable projects, sometimes even tainted with a pinch of arrogance. Patton is a top singer who covers the entire range from softly seducing crooning to hysterical metal shouting – and enjoys showing it off.

The romantic fairytale of a band whose total is greater then the sum of their parts seems to be coming true now. ‘Sol Invictus’ shows once again that only Gould and Bottum are able to handle Patton’s expressive talent and give it a concise frame. In the remoteness of Gould’s studio, FNM, together with guitarist Jon Hudson – predecessor Jim Martin breeds award-winning pumpkins today and didn’t bother to take part – reflected on their core virtues, without a label, producer or management. The only weakness of the old Faith No More was them, in some sort of a post-pubertal attitude, insisting on not meeting any expectations.

Now they managed to incorporate this anarchic stance into an album which turns out to be astonishingly homogeneous despite its vast stylistic bandwidth. From the sinister title song to the final chord of “From the Dead”, not a single tone is out of position. “Superhero” is a mangy angry bastard, “Cone of Shame” a dynamic shuffle with a ghost train-like middle part, “Black Friday” an easy western ballad, “Matador” finally serves as an example of everything Faith No More are and always were. A kind of a mini rock opera, an indie version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” so to speak. Mike Patton nags, shouts and purrs, he whispers and crows, seduces the listener to finally spit him out with ease. A masterpiece, nothing less. (9,5/10, Torsten Groß)

2005, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More number 3 in German midweek charts; number 1 in Europe on iTunes

May 20th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More looks set for a high chart placing in Germany according to the official midweek figures for the German album charts which have just been released.

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is number 3 in the midweek chart behind two other new entries from former Eurovision winner Lena and Andreas Gabalier.
The official full chart is published on Friday.

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Putting that German performance into context, FNM’s best ever chart performance in Germany saw Album of the Year reach number 2 in 1997. Angel Dust and King for a Day both peaked art number 8 and The Real Thing at only 37.

One more curio from Germany. Superhero is currently number 15 in the Indie Disko Top 40. This is an official trendcharts.de chart in Germany based on DJ, radio and college DJ plays. This was up from 36 the week before.

Australia

No figures from Australia but The Music reports that Faith No More are in a battle for the number one spot in the ARIA chart. They report:.

“Veteran US rock group Faith No More just yesterday released their first studio album in eighteen years, Sol Invictus, but they may have to contend with a certain Aussie duo for glory on this week’s ARIA Album Charts.
While the San Fran founded quintet look to clinch a top three spot, electronic group Hermitude are in a similar spot after the release of their fifth studio album, Dark Night Sweet Light.
It will be a very interesting week for sales and we gave both albums glowing reviews, while Hermitude received our pick for album of the week”

iTunes

Faith No More remain number one in 7 countries in the iTunes album chart – and are number one in Europe and number 2 globally on the kworb chart of overall chart peformance (not sales) on iTunes. At present, they are number one in Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Norway, Poland and Slovakia and number 8 in the US.

UK

As we reported yesterday, Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is on target for a number 3 placing in the official UK album chart. It is unlikely to catch fellow new entries Brandon Flowers or Paul Weller for the number one or two spot and will have to hold off competition from toff banjo bandits Mumford and Sons and non-dance dance act Hot Chip for the number 3 slot.

 

 

 

1605, 2015

GERMAN/AUSTRIAN REVIEWS: Rolling Stone, ORF, Die Zeit

May 16th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Faith No More’s release of Sol Invictus is getting a lot more attention in the media in Germany and Austria than in the UK and Ireland.

Die Zeit

A thematic clutch of reviews from the German broadsheet which asks what Faith No More and Conchita Wurst have in common? The answer as best I can translate is that “divas need to be heard”. 

Rolling Stone Germany

A 4.5/5 review from the German issue of Rolling Stone. They say:

“The title song not just gently leads into the album, but what comes after that will take your breath away: Mike Bordin’s driving drums on “Superhero”, Jon Hudson riffs, the nonsense-shouty song “Sunny Side Up”, the funny ideas of keyboardist Roddy Bottum, the fearsome “Separation Anxiety”, the ominous chanting of “Motherfucker”, the folky guitar in “From the dead”, which isn’t a joke. You can not understand this band. Faith No More overwhelm with their loud/quiet/quick/slowly-hard/soft dynamic and control it better than any other heavy metal band as they do so brilliantly and at the same time so playfully.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Germany’s biggest-selling quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published a lengthy feature on Faith No More to mark the release of Sol Invictus in the country. The article is well-researched but the tone is clear that FNM’s comebacks like all comebacks is money motivated. Indeed, the article is headlined: “Lucrative reminiscing”. The article has nice things to say about Sol Invictus but says it cannot match their very great moments on The Real Thing and Angel Dust.

ORF

Austrian state broadcaster ORF has also published an in-depth feature headlined “Headbanging in the piano bar”. And they state:

“What follows then, is a furious rollercoaster ride of musical feelings and an amalgam of styles – from metal, punk and funk on alleged nursery rhyme melodies to easy-listening notes. As before, Faith No More cannot be limited to one style and still interweave skilfully their influences from Frank Sinatra to Slayer. Here they succeed to build tension within individual songs – sometimes almost unbearable. “Cone of Shame” is a typical example of how a song first appears with a casual guitar part to a downright ecstatic noise orgy at the end.”

1405, 2015

Faith No More Sol Invictus now number 7 in Amazon.com chart

May 14th, 2015|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

Maybe it was the Tonight with Jimmy Fallon bounce or the impending arrival of the album, but Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is now at a peak number 7 in the Amazon.com music chart.

Put it this way, the album is selling more than Taylor Swift and Mumford and Sons’s godawful effort even thought it has not been released yet.

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The album is #5 in Germany, number 15 in the UK chart and #9 in France.

On iTunes, the album is also making an impact and number 25 in Australia.

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#4 Hungary
#6 Chile
#8 Finland
#20 Norway
#25 Australia
#29 New Zealand
#30 Sweden
#46 Russia
#54 Belgium
#63 Netherlands
#65 Italy
#65 Switzerland
#66 Belarus
#71 Denmark
#72 Brazil
#75 Germany
#84 Slovakia
#94 Austria
#108 Bulgaria
#110 Canada
#114 Poland
#121 United States
#140 Estonia
#161 Czech Republic
#189 France

1405, 2015

SOL INVICTUS REVIEWS: Australia, Germany and Norway plus About.com

May 14th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Here’s today’s early raft of reviews have a strong Australian accent.

Sydney Morning Herald

Leading Australian newspaper has a concise but 4/5 review:

“Sol Invictus is musically focused and concise, striking on a moody palette of darker atmospheres, thrash outbreaks, dramatic piano and the ferocious power of Mike Patton’s vocals. Long-time fans may bemoan the lack of an easy-listening pop ballad and the extreme schizophrenia, but the pay-offs are powerful fare like the erratic jazz-pop of Sunny Side Up, the hallucinogenic From the Dead and Mother—-er’s soaring, parting-of-the-clouds chorus. Seems like they haven’t missed a beat.

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And leading Australian music site awards the album 8/10, saying:

“Sol Invictus translates as “unconquered sun” and in typical FNM fashion they’ve cleverly twisted that into “son” and the spirit of individuality and enthusiasm (see the cover art) that still pervades a young person’s formative years. The album conveys that via Patton’s border-of-insanity lyrics and the restless musicality that conveys both claustrophobia and unbridled passion. They are still kicking against the pricks and the socio-political machine but they’ve done it in a way that doesn’t sound like grown men re-enacting their long shorts and askew baseball cap years.”

They conclude:

“The expectation was there for a good return to form from a band that always followed their muse no matter how much it threatened to derail their commercial potential. The reality is they’ve far exceeded that with Sol Invictus, an album that in its finest moments matches the best of their golden years. Rock isn’t dead, it sometimes just needs time to regroup and rejuvenate.”

Tone Deaf

Staying in Australia, Tone Deaf give the album their Hit or Shit and opt for Hit overall. I don’t get their criticism of the first half of the album as I think Side A is the better side but here’s their overall verdict:

“It’s hard to fault a new Faith No More record based on the fact that Faith No More would have to try pretty hard to release something lackluster. Luckily for fans, the band have seamlessly returned into their groove, and delivered a record that is not only an acceptable return to form, but also a genuinely great release by their standards.

With the exception of a few less-memorable tracks towards the beginning, Sol Invictus is a worthy addition into Faith No More’s catalogue, as well as an incredibly solid Alternative Rock album in general. Even after almost 18 years of inactivity, Faith No More remain a fully-fledged creative force. Welcome home, indeed.”

About.com

About.com award Sol Invictus 4.5/5 in a lengthy review, concluding:

““Matador” is brilliant and is as strong as anything the band has accomplished. Haunting melodies blend with a building chord progression before exploding into a grandiose addictive chorus. Patton’s voice is emotional and incredibly powerful. Bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin provide the perfect backdrop and lock into a hypnotic groove. The chorus finds the band at their best as it drives into your cortex refusing to leave.

A huge advantage of Sol Invictus is the fact there isn’t a minute of wasted space. Clocking in at under 40 minutes it is easy to consume and dive into the complex material they compose. The music world needs a band like Faith No More to push its boundaries and comfort levels.

Sol Invictus is a gigantic achievement as it can easily sit alongside the rest of their brilliant catalog. This is a reformation that wasn’t forced or done strictly for financial reasons. This sounds like a group of guys who wanted to continue to play together and it shows in the creativity of the material.”

Ghost Cult 

Ghost Cult magazine also go into detail in their review and award 9/10:

“‘Separation Anxiety’ is the heaviest track on Sol Invictus and certainly if you are the type of person that pines for the first three FNM albums, this is the song that will resonate with you the most. ‘Cone of Shame’ is wildly dynamic and strange, but also driving and melodious. Patton shows off the most of his insane vocal ability here too. The perfect blend of all of the rollicking elements of the band you want in one track.

Although Billy Gould, who produced the album (except for Patton’s vocals) is always seen as a driving force of the band and definitive mouthpiece, Roddy Bottum’s keyboards dominate this album. All of his weird 80s synth-pop craziness, mixed with his deft jazzbo piano stylings are ever-present in songs such as the torchy ‘Rise of the Fall’, the sinister yet beautiful ‘Matador’ and elsewhere.”

Norway review

Two leading Norwegian newspapers have also had their say.

Dagbladet laud the record:

“To accentuate a single cut is however a little vain. All the songs speak to each other and therefore so that “Sol Invictus” should be heard in its entirety for maximum effect.” They also describe the record as “40 intense and effective minutes” and state that “Faith No More are not in the habit of writing the same record twice.”

Aftenposten‘s review is headlined: “Faith No More: searching, mysterious and sexy” and add.

“From the creepy, angry riff of “Separation Anxiety” via Americana-themed “Black Friday” to uptempo-pop ballad “From The Dead”, the whole is the sound of a rock band trying to be a rock band…[Faith No More like] “Queens Of The Stone Age through the last decade, searching, mysterious and sexy rock bands that know the rule book so thoroughly that they know exactly when it is best to break the rules”.

Germany reviews

The popular German music site laut.de gives Sol invictus 4/5 and give a lot of praise to Mike Bordin and Bill Gould in particular: Of Mike B, they state: “His heavy grooves, a healthy mix of the powerful and the accentuated shape the sound design of FNM more than strings.”

And Musikexpress.de gives the album 4.5/5 and states:

“Patton croons and croaks, barks and roars. His talents are nowhere better off than in this band. The tracks here are inspired mainly by the band’s own discography: “Sunny Side Up” is as funky as “Evidence”, “Cone Of Shame” takes off where “Home Sick Home” stopped, and “Separation Anxiety” is reminiscent of the dark moments of Angel Dust. That is also the downside: Sol Invictus adds to the recent work nothing new. But who knows: Maybe Faith No More are just warming up again. If anyone is capable, it is them.”

 

1305, 2015

Faith No More Sol Invictus number 19 in both US and UK Amazon charts

May 13th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

A quick chart update – Sol Invictus is now number 19 in the US and UK Amazon charts on pre-orders alone.

Amazon.com

#19 overall
#1 in Hard Rock

Amazon.co.uk

#19 overall
#6 in Rock

Here it is just above New Boring Movement poster boy George Ezra
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Amazon.de

#8 overall
#1 in Metal & Hardrock
#1 in Rock
#1 in Alternative & Indie

Amazon.fr

#11 overall
#1 in Hard Rock and Metal

iTunes

And the album is in the top 5 in the iTunes album charts in 4 countries.

Here is the latest list via Kworb:

#2 Hungary
#3 Belarus
#3 Finland
#4 Norway
#12 Poland
#14 Chile
#14 Denmark
#31 Brazil
#32 Sweden
#47 Australia
#51 New Zealand
#60 Bulgaria
#61 Belgium
#68 Slovakia
#70 Spain
#79 Germany
#80 Austria
#106 Czech Republic
#127 Italy
#129 United States
#154 Mexico
#158 Canada
#158 Japan
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