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2310, 2015

New Faith No More album: 1990 bootleg appears on Spotify and Amazon

October 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Signposted as a new release under Faith No More in Spotify, a bootleg of a 1990 FNM concert has got an improbable wide release this October.

Stirring the Calm, a a straight-up bootleg of Faith No More’s performance on Friday, 9 November 1990 at magazine RIP’s fourth birthday bash at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles. As documented here by Andrew’s Faith No More Gig Database.

The album blurb on Amazon reads:

An appearance at RIP Magazine s birthday party came during the peak of this critical period in the band s history. Held at the Hollywood Palladium on the 9th of November 1990 and broadcast live by KNAC-FM, the show saw Faith No More run through the best of both The Real Thing and Introduce Yourself to a raucous, celebratory audience. It s a fascinating snapshot of an unrivalled band at the zenith of their career, and will be essential listening for fans of Faith No More, those just discovering the group, and music lovers who want to understand and experience the evolution of metal from one of the genre s most important progenitors.

The gig was selected at number 6 in the Kerrang! 100 Greatest Gigs Of All Time published in July 1997.

The album is released on Refractor Records though Napster (remember them?) have it listed under Gonzo.

More news on this odd release when we have it.

Oh – and here’s the full show on video

1305, 2015

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: From the Shred?: New Faith No More song surfaces; may be played on Jimmy Fallon

May 13th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Video vault|15 Comments

UPDATE: The band are suggesting that this song may get an airing on Tonight with Jimmy Fallon!

The release of Faith No More‘s comeback album Sol Invictus may still be days away, but already attention is turning to even newer music from the band. A song that does not feature on Sol Invictus was played at the band’s Amoeba in-store show at the of last year and we have the footage.

Possible titles are From the Shred, Surprise! You Shred; May the Shred Live and Shreds of the World.

The video immediately provokes the question – what the hell was that?

In recent interviews, the band have stated that they have 10-15 other tracks recorded but that they did not fit with the cohesive collection that is Sol Invictus. Could this be the post-SI direction that the band will focus on? Are Faith No More ready to rescue metal? Is this nu-nu-metal?

 

2402, 2015

Faith No More Sol Invictus: the previews are in and they’re great

February 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News|45 Comments

Faith No More have already distributed advance promo copies of Sol Invictus to some lucky media across the world. And some of the lucky few are already tweeting their verdicts.

None more so than Kerrang editor James McMahon who has been raving to his Twitter followers in terms that suggest Sol Invictus really is the Faith No More Second Coming:

Beez, a presenter on UK rock and metal channel Scuzz, has also been tweeting high priase:

NPR and Prog magazine have also reported receiving copies of the album but revealed no more details:

UPDATE
And two more tweets from Beez from Scuzz in reply to this -and the excitement mounts!

2002, 2015

Yet another Faith No More interview: Roddy speaks to 13th Floor New Zealand

February 20th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Another day, another Faith No More interview. Roddy Bottum gave another illuminating interview with New Zealand’s online music bible The 13th Floor.

My favourite quote is Roddy’s tribute to Bill Gould’s role as producer of Sol Invictus:
“You know, honestly that’s his role in life, that’s what he does. He’s very proactive and he’s got a really high work ethic. But he’s really kind of always been that way in the band, that’s always the sort of relationship we’ve had.”

And Roddy gives a telling comparison of Faith No More 1.0 and version 2.0:
“We were a lot more high-strung back then. We were a lot more immature and we were a lot brattier and a lot more into sort of pushing buttons. We’re still in that space where we’re pushing buttons but we’re doing it in a different way and we’re sort of working with each other rather than against each other. We really used to push our own buttons quite a bit and get a rise out of each other. These days we’re sort of more into working together and giving each other space. A lot more mature I guess. That’s an ugly, ugly word, but there you have it.”

And he reveals that Sol Invictus and From the Dead are his favourite cuts from the album:
“I really like the first song on the record and the last song on the record, and I really like, I don’t know I like them all. I like ones where you can hear the piano a lot and where there’s singing a lot. I really like Mike’s vocals. He’s Just gotten better and better at crafting lyrics.”

Finally, Roddy confirmed what the Tokyo shows have suggested – that the band will be playing just 3 or 4 songs from the new album on these Australian and New Zealand dates.

(Cheers to FNM Followers for alerting us to this one)

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1902, 2015

Faith No More Links for a day…(vol. 146): Kirk Hammett love, Puffy speaks (again!), artwork, band pics

February 19th, 2015|Links for a day, News|0 Comments

Faith No More have moved on from their news-making trip to Tokyo and are heading to Australia seemingly via Singapore:

Meanwhile, last night on Twitter, KIRK HAMMETT, guitarist with  Metallica – another San Francisco-based rock band, again laid bare his admiration for Faith No More.

MIKE BORDIN is fast emerging as the face of Faith No More. The drummer – who sounds on his ferocious best form on new song Cone of Shame – has recorded a promo video for Yamaha Drums. And here it is:

(Hat tip to the always on The Holy Filament)

WE HAVEN’T had a stab at working out the lyrics for Cone of Shame but we will when we escape from work and from the fug of the worse dose of manflu in the history of humankind.
Here’s another video of the song debut by the way

But Rock Genius, a subsection of Genius, formerly known as Rap Genius, have their own Faith No More section up and running nicely and they have their version of Motherfucker up there already.
And we’ve just added a Cone of Shame page before we have a real crack at the lyrics:

And Motherfucker:

FAITH NO MORE have always inspired great ARTWORK and artist Luke Preece has created a wonderful interpretation of Angel Dust.

You can buy this wonderful print at his Etsy store.
And Luke also has an interesting insight into how the work was created on his blog.

1802, 2015

Media reaction to Faith No More Cone of Shame debut

February 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

The first play of Sol Invictus track Cone of Shame in Tokyo today has attracted almost frenzied media interest.

Spin call the song “guttural” and a “growly-turned-screechy cut”.

Rolling Stone give the track a full-on review: “The tune, which frontman Mike Patton sang partially from behind a red bandanna, begins with a sparse, Spaghetti Western guitar line. After military drums kick in, Patton sings about wanting to blow his head off and lost love, leading to the “cone of shame” metaphor. The song eventually kicks into heavy, high gear with Patton alternating vocals between snarling about stripping bones over thrash riffing. The song is like one big crescendo with jangling guitars, crushing rhythms and Patton exclaiming, “You’re only happy when you’re pissing me off.”

And Consequence of Sound are equally enthusiastic: “The song is a tour de force of the band’s talents, with Mike Patton demonstrating all aspects of his vocal range: intimidating growl, operatic metal belting, and straight up hardcore screaming. ”

Stereogum went for “oceanic” in their description, adding: “Mike Patton’s vocal shifts from deranged croon to black metal rasp to hardcore beatdown to full-bodied operatic roar, shrinking and growing with the music behind him. When the band cuts loose, the thing gets pretty nuts. I’m excited to hear the studio version of this one, as well as the rest of Sol Invictus.”

And Loudwire say: “As can be heard in the fan-shot video of the song’s live debut above, the track opens with an ominously dark guitar line from Jon Hudson, while drummer Mike Bordin pushes the beat forward. But eventually the dark and spooky delivery from frontman Mike Patton turns intense as the song builds to a heavier finish.”

And Diffuser also give a positive spin: “A couple of minutes in, though, cool and collected go out the window as Patton sounds like he’s possessed by a demon, culminating in an earth-shattering performance that is
reminiscent of the much, much heavier side of things in Faith No More’s celebrated history.”

And Exclaim call the track “sinister”: “The song starts off with an unsettling western motif, with Mike Patton’s vocals taking on hushed, haunted tones. Soon enough, the track explodes into a metallic assault of crushed drums, big licks, and Patton’s assemblage of grizzly monster howls and soul-searching croons.”

1802, 2015

Faith No More new song Cone of Shame video

February 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|20 Comments

Faith No More played Sol Invictus cut Cone of Shame for the first time ever live tonight to kick off their second date in Tokyo.
And here is a high-quality video of the wonderful new song:

The song is of course track 5 from Sol Invictus – which will be released on 18/19 May.

What do you think?
Here’s Roddy’s verdict on Twitter


(Thanks smyrkphace for posting this on YouTube)

1002, 2015

Faith No More new album to be titled Sol Invictus; out 18/ 19 May

February 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Faith No More have confirmed that their comeback and seventh studio album will be released on 18 May in UK and Europe and 19 May in the US.

The album will be called Sol Invictus – meaning Unconquered Sun.

The band will release their second single from the album, Superhero, on 17 March.

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402, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Gould speaks about new Faith No More album, ticket troubles

February 4th, 2015|Faith No More, News|7 Comments


Faith No More figurehead, the busiest man in music and all-round nice guy Bill Gould has taken some time out from his hectic schedule to say a few words to Faith No More 2.0 and Faith No More fans.

Bill has been busy producing Faith No More new album which will be released in May and we asked him about the challenges that producing the new record posed.
Bill said: “This album was a challenge in a lot of ways, it took time, patience and given the fact that we recorded in in a rehearsal room and not a recording studio…quite a bit of improvisation!”

But the greater freedom of doing their own thing has also brought benefits and personal fulfillment.
“What I got out of it the most was being able to exercise my brain (heavily!). My problem solving skills have definitely improved quite a bit since we began this…and at the end, we’re all happy with how it worked, ” he added.

Bill also addressed fans’ concerns over the sale of tickets for the band’s eagerly-awaited US tour which sold in minutes last week, only for tickets to soon appear on reselling sites at exorbitant prices:
“The ticketing world is something that I haven’t had much interaction with, but this most recent experience has really piqued my interest…I’m not sure what can be done but I am all about investigating possibilities, because when this happens, both the band and the fans get burned.”

Bill also firmed up some details about the upcoming single and album releases. Regarding the physical Superhero single release on 17 March he said “We are planning on having Superhero available internationally (in vinyl), but it will still be a very limited edition”.

As for the album release date, Bill confirmed that the exact date would be officially communicated by the band next week.

2701, 2015

9 things we learned from Faith No More’s US tour announcement

January 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

A quick summary of what we quickly posted yesterday evening while dodging baby vomit.

1 Faith No More will release a limited-edition new single Superhero on 17 March. A digital release will follow on 31 March. No info yet on b-side or where the physical single will be released but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

2 This is the single cover. Starkly different from the in-your-face Motherfucker design but no info yet on the artist.
The pic is sourced from the official media release from the band PR agency Speakeasy.

3 Faith No More will play 15 concerts in 12 cities in their US and Canada tour in April and May. The tour is their first prolonged North America jaunt since 1997.
the ticket pre-sale begins on Wednesday 28 January and the band will communicate the passwords etc on facebook.com/officialfnm and twitter.com/faithnomore.

4 Tickets will be on sale via Live Nation which is already carrying the concert listings.
2015-01-27 12_14_46-Faith No More Upcoming Shows — Live Nation

5 The as-yet-untitled new album will now come out in May rather than in April as previously stated. The release states: “The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

So fans will most likely here the band’s other new music (apart from the previously played Motherfucker, Superhero and Matador) at the February and March Japan, Australia and New Zealand shows but also on the US tour. Here’s Bill in the release:  “We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

7 The album is currently being mixed. Via Bill on Twitter:

8 Faith No More will be playing the legendary PinkPop festival in the Netherlands on 12 June. The organisers have only announced Pharrell Williams (and his brother Robbie and his fellow Stokonian Slash and Muse and Rise Against) as a headliner so far but FNM fans will be happy that the band are returning to the festival they previously played in 1995.
Pinkpop are due to announce their full lineup on 28 February.

The band have another new promo shot. Gone are the priest outfits and the tux and this time the guys so casual. What is Mike P looking at out of shot?

 

 

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