The reviews keep coming (except in Ireland)
A real raver from Diffuser.fm:
Nothing about this new material gives off the feeling that Faith No More agonized over recapturing their chemistry or grappled with how their contribution might find a place in today’s musical climate — questions that haunt any band that returns after a long absence. And the ease with which all five members give the songs that signature FNM feeling of buildup suggests that they were able to get as comfortable in their sound as if they were putting on an old jacket. Which is not to say that Sol Invictus sounds tossed-off but that, on the contrary, nothing about it sounds contrived or forced. Throughout, the band sounds invigorated, well-rested and well-oiled — like it has benefited alike from time spent apart and back together.
A 9/10 review from Ghost Cult magazine:
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’skeyboards 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.
No, not the MTV programme but a site dedicated to 1990s music and a mostly positive review:
In its most pure form, Sol Invictus is nothing terribly groundbreaking, but as expected, experimentation and overall alternative aesthetics is at an all time high. Faith No More still have the means of creating enjoyable tracks that mediate between a mainstream sound and avant-garde. Although it is clear which songs will fall through the cracks with time, a few tracks plus the singles are deserving of high praise and allow this album to serve as a solid return to the rock world after eighteen years.
We’ll add other language reviews – Swedish, German and French – when we get time.