The reviews are in from Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus tour opener in Vancouver:
“It was a bizarre, carnival-esque rebirth peppered with Patton’s punk-metal growls and characteristic sense of humour, and mixed with Faith No More’s genre-bending style of rock. Epic? Certainly.”
“The blend of old and new would prove to be a theme throughout the night. Oddness was another: the band’s flair for the weird reflected in both Patton’s between song banter (“Anybody got an espresso maker around here?) and new tracks like the Radiohead-tinged minor key “Sunny Side Up.”
Not to say that Faith No More weren’t firing when the moments to rock hard and heavy were due. A pounding “Epic” arrived just six tracks into the night, and a brilliant “Midlife Crisis” followed just four songs later, amended and extended by a funky breakdown halfway through as Patton channelled a bizarre version of James Brown, “Hit me one time! Hit me two times! Hit me 18 times!”
Photo gallery this time but some text too: “After a song to shake off the new-tour rust, the whole band was firing on all cylinders. Mike Patton absolutely blew me away. His vocals, his charisma, his amazing intensity, it was all just so perfect. I waited many years to see this band perform, and I was humbled by their display.