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1805, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus number 1 in FOUR countries

May 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

We probably won’t get a real chart picture until later this week when the European album charts come out, but Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is making a stunning impression on the iTunes album chart worldwide on its official release day.

In fact, latest data has the album number one in  Finland, Greece, Israel and Poland and overall it is in the top 10 in 15 countries.

Here’s the full run-down:

#1 Finland
#1 Greece
#1 Israel
#1 Poland
#2 Czech Republic
#2 Denmark
#3 Norway
#3 Sweden
#4 Australia
#4 Austria
#4 Luxembourg
#5 Chile
#8 Belgium
#10 Germany
#10 New Zealand
#12 Switzerland
#17 Netherlands
#24 United Kingdom
#26 Namibia
#27 Ireland
#29 Hungary
#38 Russia
#43 Bulgaria
#45 France
#48 Italy
#55 Brazil
#60 Canada
#74 United States
#78 Slovakia
#97 Estonia
#184 Belarus
#194 Mexico
#196 Guatemala
Indeed, chart aggregator Kworb has the album at number 13 worldwide.

 

3004, 2015

Links for a Day…(vol. 167): Sol Invictus reviews in four languages special

April 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

We don’t live in an anglophone world so here’s a round-up of Faith No More reviews and news in all languages.

Sludgelord waxes lyrical

But we will start in English. The Sludgelord site has give the album a well-written and overwhelmingly positive review. Here are some extracts but the piece is well worth a good read in its entirety.

“‘Sol Invictus’ is an album that only Faith No More could have produced. Unique and flavoursome, it bastardises and mutilates a plethora of styles and moods, moulding them to the shape of their own distinct musical mantra.”

“As a collective they are forever unpredictable. They slap you in the face when you expected a kick in the balls, they’ll drop a punchline just as anger bubbles uncontrollably out of your throat.”

“What’s most impressive about ‘Sol Invictus’ is how the band are able to resonate every mood, style and aesthetic that makes up this most complex of mosaic sounds without every letting the momentum slip.”

“You could sit and list every element of spectacle about this album, every moment that grips you vice-like – such is the attention to detail here. But all you really need to know is this: ‘Sol Invictus’ sounds like Faith No More and no one else. “

Russian rave review

Russian Rolling Stone has already given the record full marks and another Russian site Musical Express has given an equally positive review. They say in Google-translated English:

“Sol Invictus is an amazing record. Actually Sol Invictus is a gift in the first place because, strictly speaking, there is no difference between it and the FNM’s old work – in the best sense. On the album, framed at the edges by two gloomy, but not particularly heavy tracks, there is all that the FNM love and that intelligent fans of the underground love: Patton hitting booming choruses, complex composition and a dense meaty sound. The best Track – the 6-minute monster Matador – is all Faith No More at it’s best, where insinuating deceptive introduction suddenly explodes through a powerful bass, drums, guitar cannonade, symphonic keyboards and the reincarnation of the Mad Mike’s Mephistopheles and back.”

Spain and Greece reviews

It says a lot about the high praise the album has been receiving that a 7.5/10 and two 8/10 reviews come as a surprise. Only 7.5? Spanish culture site Hipersonica states from the outset that the album is pure Faith No More and argues that while it does not have the diversity of previous albums such as King for a Day.. or the funky rage of Angel Dust it shares more in common with the latter. The review adds:

” There is an almost total absence of proper singles, but every song ends establishing a strong bond with its predecessor and the one that follows, giving the feeling of being in a disc that stands more as a whole more than its separate parts.”

Of Matador, the reviewer states:

“And every return to that song becomes more dramatic, more full of magic and completely overwhelming.”

Meanwhile, Greece’s RockHard – not to be confused with France’s RockHard below – gives a 7.5/10 and a 8/10 review.

Rock Hard CD featuring Superhero

I haven’t tracked down the new issue of New Noise with Faith No More on the cover but I did get my hands on Rock Hard which has Superhero on its cover-mount CD.
The magazine will also feature an interview with the band in its next issue. The album has also found its way to the magazine’s reviewers, featuring highly in some individual playlists.

      

Visions magazine cover

(via FNM Followers)
German magazine Visions features that now almost ubiquitous band plus cats image as their latest cover. And the magazine features interviews with Bill Gould and Mike Patton.
You can actually read the full magazine  – in German – in minute form here.

1407, 2010

Faith No More at Ejekt Festival

July 14th, 2010|Faith No More|58 Comments

Faith No More played the Ejeckt Festival in Athens last night.
First video below. More details to follow.

Video:

Review:
Review here from Rocking.gr but its all Greek to me.

Set list:
Midnight Cowboy
From Out Of Nowher
Land Of Sunshine
Caffeine
Evidence
Surprise! You’re Dead
Poker Face/ Chinese Arithmetic
Last Cup Of Sorrow
Cuckoo For Caca
Easy
Ashes To Ashes
Midlife Crisis
Ben
The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
King For A Day
Epic
Just A Man

Chariots Of Fire
As The Worm Turns

Pristina

804, 2010

Faith No More to return to Athens

April 8th, 2010|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|7 Comments

According to the Stop the Sound blog, Faith No More will play the Ejekt Festival in Athens, Greece on Monday 13 July.

Latest news is that FNM and UNKLE  are the only bands yet confirmed. More here (in Greek).

1108, 2009

Faith No More, Eastenders and funny ouzo

August 11th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Check out the latest ingredient in an FNM show  – a quiz on TV theme tunes.

The start may not be so clear as the tune is not actually played in this clip but its the theme tune from Eastenders, a British soap opera which airs on BBC. Bill Gould is a self-confessed fan of the show.
UPDATE. You actually get the Eastenders theme at 3.00 minutes during Midlife Crisis in this clip.
And here is the pic of Apollo (?) and Mike
mikeapollo

1108, 2009

Faith No More in Greece video and setlist

August 11th, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More made their debut performance in Greece last night at what looked at an amazing setting in Athens. The first videos are already up on YouTube including this corker below.

More here.

Setlist (via setlist.fm)

1. Reunited
2. From Out Of Nowhere
3. Land of Sunshine
4. Caffeine
5. Evidence
6. Ashes to Ashes
7. Last Cup of Sorrow
8. Cuckoo for Caca
9. Surprise! You’re Dead!
10. Midlife Crisis
11. I Started a Joke
12. Easy
13. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
14. Epic
15. Be Agressive
16. Just a Man
Encore:
17. Chariots of Fire/Stripsearch
18. Digging the Grave
Encore 2:
19. Midnight Cowboy

408, 2009

More great Faith No More tour posters

August 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The wonderful Jeff LaChance poster for the Lycabettus Amphitheatre show in Athens

The wonderful Jeff LaChance poster for the Lycabettus Amphitheatre show in Athens

Inside the Rock Poster Frame report that a second series of posters for the second leg of the Second Coming tour have been produced and will be on sale when the tour ends. Again, the one-off posters look superb and will be on sale at the Secret Serpents Store. Further details here.

1506, 2009

Faith No More confirm Ireland and Greece dates

June 15th, 2009|Tour dates|13 Comments

UPDATE:From MCD.ie on Dublin date. Tickets are priced €54.80 (Standing/Upper Circle seating) and €59.80 (Circle Seating). All ticket prices are inclusive of booking feem In person: from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 24hr hotlines: Tel: ( ROI ) 0818 719 300 ( NI ) 0870 243 4455.Buy online: www.Ticketmaster.ie. Tickets limited to 4 per transaction.

As we reported last week after the Great Brixton T-Shirt Reveal, Faith No More will play Dublin and Athens as part of their Second Coming tour. Here’s Billy’s latest Tweet: “August 27, Dublin (Olympia Theatre). Tix on sale June 17, 9am. ALSO: August 10, Athens, Greece…Lycabettus Amphitheatre!!” Thats this Wednesday, 17 June for Dublin tickets folks!!!

UPDATE: Roddy adds Greece ticket details: “tix avail wed/9am at metropolis & eleftheroudakis & tickethouse.”

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