Another long list of positive reviews for Faith No More’s Sol Invictus.
US rock magazine Outburn has given Faith No More’s Sol Invictus a perfect 10 review in their latest issue. They say:
“…They have delivered one of their very best collections of songs. Like a continuation of early 90s classic Angel Dust (which many fans of the band consider their finest moment), Sol invictus has some of the most inventive guitar riffs, vocals, drumming and songwriting Faith No More has ever produced, and that’s really saying something.
“”By the sounds of Sol Invictus, the band hasn’t skipped a beat, and its amazing to have a creative, daring act, like Faith No More back and doing their oddball, glorious thing again.”
As a companion to their B- site review, here is a video review from Consequence of Sound:
Two reviews from Bravewords and both 7/10. Here’s the first:
“I had only one song that I just had to have in my life and reminded me why Faith No More is one of my favourite bands ever, and that was “Sunny Side Up,” prolly because of singing and melody and piano, against an insidious prog beat. Now I’m liking two or three more but there’s no big hugs. It’s cool in a way—this is exactly how we all were eventually seduced by Angel Dust. And no question, Sol Invictus positions like that record, i.e. the hip, cool, non-commercial album. But yeah, not only is there no bright, hooky metal here, there’s very little metal at all (not that that’s necessarily a problem) or hooks.”
And the second:
“Sol Invictus (which definitely sounds more like Album Of The Year than any other of the band’s output) was definitely, and admirably, written for the band and the band only (these are not songs that care if they impress anyone), but it sounds more like the warm-up for the mind-melter the band is capable of, the one I’m keeping fingers crossed they deliver next time.”
The Canadian paper is a little harsh on Blur while lauding FNM’s return:
” Blur’s first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, is a messy return, while Faith No More’s first in 18 years, Sol Invictus, is much more cohesive (yet still eclectic), and therefore, captivating.
“Sol Invictus may not sound as pioneering as Faith No More’s earlier work — like 1989’s Real Thing or 1992’s Angel Dust — because they’re no longer a new band, but at least Patton and his generals are still trying to soldier into new sonic territories.”
The UK music site has given Sol Invictus a 4/5 review. Reviewer Dan Smith says:
“It’s not that rock music hasn’t moved on during this hiatus, but rather the current offering from FNM has the uncanny ability to sound just as fresh and relevant as it did when they where bouncing on MTV in the late 80s.
“The album is punctuated with great tunes, with highlights ‘Superhero’, ‘Cone of Shame’, ‘Rise Of The Fall’ and ‘Black Friday’. Each track, as you would expect, is unique in sound and influence, but inherently Faith No More.”
The New Zealand-based blog is mostly positive:
“Refusing to be pigeonholed, Sol Invictus sounds diverse yet familiar. It’s uncommon enough to have rock music led by piano and not guitar, but FNM have deliberately cultivated their own recognisable sound. Part operatic, part spaghetti western, with plenty of avant-garde and slick, dark rock to boot. There are definite nods to earlier albums, almost to the point that the album seems too same-y, but at 40 minutes long, the album is too short for repetitions to bore.
Trying to analyse it too hard is futile to attempt. I’m sure that there is some social commentary going on somewhere, but I couldn’t specify what exactly. The whole thing feels like a big in-joke from the band. Is this a magnum opus that they are proud of, or a social experiment to see what they can pass off as art to sell to the mindless masses?
Sol Invictus has grown on me with each listen. It’s weird, slightly unhinged rock music played by talented musicians. It’s the same Faith No More, just as they left off. If you’re a fan, then you’ll know what to expect, and you’ll probably like listening to more of the same. I wouldn’t call Sol Invictus vital, but it’s certainly not a disappointment.”