Gravedad Zero, the Argentinean lifestyle and extreme sports magazine, has given Sol Invictus a brilliant review. As well as a brief translation of the review – reproduced below, we have also spoken to the review author and friend of the site Adriano Mazzeo on Sol Invictus, interviewing the band and gives a great insight into Faith No More in South America.
For those now fluent in Spanish, Adriano has helped out with a translation of the conclusion his own especially for us here at FNM 2.0:
…”So this unexpectedly concludes the discographical comeback of Faith No More. Perplexing and great as usual, Sol Invictus shows once more every iota of its twisted personality: if in the past they did wonderful things based on an explosive and spontaneous chemical, so those infallible muses are today enhanced with maturity. It seems that Faith No More did the album thinking about the capabilities of each as individuals and all as a group. That way to face the creative process results in a timeless work, grounded in the experience, competence and that groundbreaking spirit that fortunately continues full of life. You can only celebrate this return and ask for many more records like this.”
Interview with Adriano
Adriano is a huge Faith No More fan as well as being a leading music journalist and he has completed interviews recently with Bill Gould. We asked him some questions about the record, the interview and Faith No More.
You are also a Faith No More fan. Was it difficult to review the album objectively?
Well, not the easiest work to do, but the wideness of FNM’s music gives you the chance to analyze it from different points of view. Is not impossible to find rights and wrongs if you pay enough attention and take yourself out of the skin of a fan. Despite this, it is difficult to find low moments in an album like Sol Invictus, that is, in my opinion, simply brilliant. They faced the tremendous expectations of the fans and music industry and definitely win the match.
Do you think Faith No More have proved that they remain relevant in 2015?
Absolutely. Indeed, I think their music makes more sense today that back in time. Music , interesting music, music that is surrounding the borders of mainstream, became a lot more eclectic from the end of the 90s, maybe as a consequence of the legacy of artists like FNM, Fishbone, Primus or Living Colour to name a few. I think FNM in 2015 will act like a band who will make their fans feel younger and at the same time, in some way, they’ll work as sort of a “new big thing” for certain young people.
What is your favourite song on the album and why?
I don’t have a favorite, sincerely. But I know the peak moment of the album is when distorsion starts in “Cone Of Shame” with Patton screaming like a monster and doing an energetic soul phrase one second after. There’s a song that catch my attention particularly: “Rise Of The Fall”, maybe the strangest one. And, yes, “Matador” is such perfect masterpiece. But all songs work perfectly together.
You recently interviewed Bill Gould for forthcoming interviews in Rolling Stone and Rock Axis?
Yes. I made an in-depth interview with Bill for Chile’s Rockaxis (it will be the cover story) and in other occasion a smaller one for Rolling Stone Argentina.
When can we expect to see these published?
In a few days! May 1st.
Any interesting revelations that you can share as a preview?
They were some great chats as usually happened with Bill. We were talking and discussing the Sol Invictus creative process but also other topics like his job in Koolarrow (that is something really interesting for me), some old skool FNM questions, mainstream music and the meaning of what FNM means to him. A lot of great information there!
Faith No More are particularly popular in South America. Can you explain why?
Well, I think there is a magical event that defines this: their tour of the summer of 1991. They played Rock In Rio and then the Viña Del Mar Festival in Chile. Two of biggest music festivals of the region, at that time. Their performances were unforgettable for different reasons. As a community of FNM fans, I think everyone of you saw the shows at Quinta Vergara. It was some groundbreaking event for a country like Chile, in their situation at the time. Then in Argentina we had the luck of having them that same year but in a second tour in August. That was the first time I’ve been to a Faith No More concert, and also the first time I attended a show! That was crazy, not many bands visited us by the time and EVERYBODY was at the shows (there were two dates). People with Mötley Crüe, Metallica and Motorhead t-shirts, new romantics, punks, alternatives, goths, etc. That audience was like a symbol of the FNM sound. So diverse and eclectic. It wasn’t a violent concert exactly, but there were some kind of tension in the air. It was weird to have all these urban tribes mixed in one place, you know? And when the guys were asked by the crowd to play “War Pigs” and they decided to play “Easy” instead, things got weird! Ha! They also made jokes with “Surprise You’re Dead” attempting to play it but not starting it.
You also had a lot of people at Rock in Rio obviously awaiting to see headliners Guns N’Roses and discovering Faith No More sort of by accident. It was my case and some of my friends’ case. We were fans of Guns N’Roses but Faith No More changed our lives that day. But we discovered them when Rock in Rio was shown on TV. There was a special on Argentinean TV some months later and they played one song from each artist and
Well, we the Latin Americans fell in love with Faith No More the way the fell in love with us. When the band is in this part of the world, they act like locals. They cut their hair in local markets of Santiago, eat tons of meat and drink “mate” in Buenos Aires and enjoy the Brazilian culture as nationals.