Monthly Archives: December 2015

2612, 2015

Corey Taylor declares Faith No More Sol Invictus as album of the year

December 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|5 Comments

As part of a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour again re-iterated his Faith No More love.

He said: 

[Let’s begin on a positive note. What was your favorite album this year?]

“Faith No More’s Sol Invictus, just because I never thought it was going to happen. Then, all of a sudden, we get “Motherfucker” and “Superhero,” and I was like, “Holy shit! What the fuck is this?” Then you get the whole album, and it’s such a great, dark, moving album. It was what I wanted it to be. For them to come back with that much attitude and do it their way and not give a shit what anybody thought, it was beautiful.”

2112, 2015

INTERVIEW: Roddy Bottum looks back on 2015 with The Skinny

December 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments 2015-12-21 23-31-38
Scotland’s leading music website The Skinny have always given Faith No More the coverage they deserve and this year was no exception. Fittingly then, they have just published an extensive interview with Roddy Bottum in celebration of Sol Invictus being number 11 in their albums of the year list  – and looking back on the year of the album’s release.

First of all, Roddy spoke at length publicly for the first time about his recent appearance on stage with Dinosaur Jr:

“Could you imagine?” He gasps like a man who just struck one off the bucket list. “The show was on J’s birthday – the last night of their six night residency at Bowery Ballroom. I played guitar on Start Choppin’ – pretty fun! There were a lot of guests that night – Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo played, Evan Dando came out onstage and sang, Kurt Vile, the dude from Negative Approach – a lot! It’s rare when a horrible guitar player like me can get onstage with J Mascis and play.”

He again recounted the album’s genesis and agreed that Bill Gould was the driving force:

“Billy wears those pants for sure. That’s the sort of person he is; he drives things forward in our band and kinda always has. When we started doing stuff again we were in different cities – I was in Los Angeles at the time, and just the prospect seemed a little crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in it, but I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. I was working on some projects, as was Mike Patton, but Billy and Mike [Bordin] really started to get into the rhythm and groove of it. Billy eventually presented it all to us and it took a while for us all to get involved, but these things happen for a reason. Honestly, that’s the way it happened back in the day. Billy was always the champion, nudging us onwards; he’s just a very motivated guy. Sol Invictus followed the course that the records of our past followed. In that way it was fitting too.”

And Roddy makes a fresh point about Mike Patton’s lyrics on this record:

“With Mike in his lyrics, and I think this is also true of the band musically… things start to evolve into a personal statement by the end of the day. I think Mike, particularly on our earlier records, would revert to taking on roles of other people and characters and not really speaking in his voice. Which is effective; that’s one process. But this record in particular took on some personal themes – that’s what’s going on, it’s about ownership, coming into our own and a resolution where we’re taking back what’s ours. It sounds selfish when I say it out loud but it’s taking artistic ownership too.”

But he makes no promises about the band’s next steps:


1712, 2015

Faith No More score big in Kerrang! end of year lists

December 17th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus features prominently in Kerrang!’s magazine and staff end-of-year lists.

Sol Invictus has been picked at number 5 in the metal magazine’s albums of the year list, with Bring Me the Horizon as number one. The mag states:

“Any band can get back together. But only the great ones do something with a reunion beyond nostalgia.”

Superhero features at number 11 in the magazine’s songs of the year list, while Sunny Side Up makes it at number 8 in the Videos of the Year.

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And naturally FNM also features prominently in the magazine’s rundown of their writers’ lists.
Sol Invictus is number 9 in editor James McMahon’s rankings, while deputy editor George Garner has Sol Invictus at 5. Art editor Steve Beech has SI at 2 in his list and features editor Sam Coare slots it in at 6. Picture editor Scarlet Borg gives Sol Invictus her album of the year nod, stating:

“I love the FNM album so much because I never thought they’d record another album, let alone tour it. They were the soundtrack to my 20’s and for five old blokes they rock like a motherfucker. Oh, and Mike Patton is a genius.”

James Hingle has FNM at 2 and Ryan Cooper at 9. Freelancer James McKinnon also selects Sol Invictus as number one on his list:

““We knew from reunion tours that Faith No More could still talk the talk, but Sol Invictus proved they could still walk the walk of a powerful creative unit. More than a sign of life, it’s a full blood transfusion of bristling and innovative tunes as authentically twisted as anything they’ve ever done. For that reason it’s not just 2015’s best comeback record, but maybe its best record full stop.”



1512, 2015

VIDEO. Faith No More’s Separation Anxiety video

December 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Ipecac Recordings have posted a video for Faith No More’s Separation Anxiety. Although a fan-helmed production it serves essentially as the official video for the Sol Invictus track.


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Video edited by: finchlynch…
Footage from the film “Daughter of Horror”


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1512, 2015

Sol Invictus #2 in Rolling Stone poll, #5 in Rock Sound – end-of-year list part 3

December 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus has featured in more high-profile end-of-year lists.

Rolling Stone (2)

SI features at number 2 in the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015 from the rock bible. Marilyn Mansun features at number one with Killing Joke, Refused and Iron Maiden also in the top 10.
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RS say:

“Faith No More instead lean into post-punk rhythmic hypnosis, goth-tinged atmosphere, castanet-flecked Morricone metal, three-part harmonies and one barking anthem featuring a metaphor about breakfast cereal…[Patton] absolutely floats above the monolithic grooves of drummer Mike Bordin and bassist Billy Gould, still a hard-hitting, sui generis rhythm section 30 years on.”

Rock Sound (5)

Rock Sound have Sol Invictus at number 5 in their list, which has Bring Me the Horizon at number one.
They say:

“A lesson in how to add to your legend and not mess up your mystique in the process.”

Faster Louder (31)

FNM feature at number 31 in the Australian music publication’s list. They say:

“The expectation was there for a good return to form from a band that always followed their muse no matter how much it threatened to derail their commercial potential. The reality is they’ve far exceeded that with Sol Invictus, an album that in its finest moments matches the best of their golden years. Rock isn’t dead, it sometimes just needs time to regroup and rejuvenate.”

Diffuser (28)

In a largely indie list, Sol Invictus (though indie in the truest sense of the word) stands out. Diffuser’s verdict:

“Sol shows a band that (after 20 years) is inevitably older and wiser, but no less adept at warping genres and constructing mammoth choruses.

Pop Matters (5)

Sol Invictus slips in behind Iron Maiden and Deafheaven in Pop Matter’s best metal albums list:

“We’re left with is Sol Invictus, a comeback with remarkably little rust on it for the band’s first album of the 21st century. Faith No More sound just like they always have, which is to say heavy and catchy in equal measure and seasoned with an appealing contrariness.”

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1112, 2015

Win a turntable and Sol Invictus on vinyl

December 11th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

You can win a brilliant Crosley radio turntable and/or Faith No More Sol Invictus on vinyl in a new competition from Turn the Table.

Here are the full prize details:

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • One (1) Crosley® turntable.

Three (3) Runner-Up Winners will each receive one (1) vinyl prize pack including:

  • One (1) copy of Jason Isbell “Something More Than Free” vinyl record;
  • One (1) copy of Faith No More “Sol Invictus” vinyl record;
  • One (1) copy of Metric “Pagans In Vegas” vinyl record;
  • One (1) copy of Patty Griffin “Servant Of Love” vinyl record.

More information and entry is here

1012, 2015

Roddy Bottum plays live with Dinosaur Jr

December 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

The Bowery Ballroom last night played host to a sight likely to quicken the heart, moisten the eye and flannel the shirt of any 1990s alternative music fan, as Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum joined Dinosaur Jr on stage as they played the last of their seven 30th Anniversary shows.

Roddy was one of a stellar cast of indie luminaries who joined the band. The FNM keyboardist showed his multi-instrumentalist chops by playing guitar for Start Choppin’ along with Imperial Teen band-mate Lynn Truell. Evan Dando, Kevin Shields and Kurt Vile were among the others who joined the band on stage for collaborations.

I got to play guitar with Dinosaur Jr tonight. I was invited. by J. a shining highlight in my life.

A photo posted by Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) on

words with Kevin Shields. one guitar player to another.

A photo posted by Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) on

oh. and Lynn played too. #coattails

A photo posted by Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) on

#iphoneconcertsabotage #jmascis #dinosaurjr #roddybottum #faithnomore #boweryballroom

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1012, 2015

Vote Faith No More in Triple J Hottest 100 poll

December 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Australian radio station Triple J have included two Faith No More songs – Superhero and Sunny Side Up – in their very longlist for their annual and now iconic Hottest 100 poll. Voting in the poll started today and the rules specify that 10 songs can be chosen from the list provided by Triple J – which includes the two FNM songs – or voters’ own songs.


All songs that were officially released for the first time between 1 December 2014 and 30 November 2015 are eligible, and only votes for eligible songs will be counted. The poll closes on 22 January 2016 and the Hottest 100 will be announced on 26 January.

The poll is clamping down on campaigns to encourage artist votes this year after a huge campaign including support from KFC for Taylor Swift Shake it Off last year. The guidelines state: “Don’t troll the poll. Votes made as part of a competition that promotes a song or artist, or a campaign that undermines the Hottest 100, may be disqualified or ignored. We want genuine votes, from genuine listeners. If we feel something’s preventing that from happening, we’ll look into it for you and take appropriate action.”

So naturally, only vote for the Faith No More songs if you genuine feel they are the best of the year.

So vote here

1012, 2015

Anthrax’s Scott Ian picks Faith No More Sol Invictus as his Album of the Year

December 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Another day, another album of the year list. Thrash metal icon Scott Ian has long and loudly proclaimed his love of all things Faith No More and the Anthrax axe man has named Sol Invictus as his album of 2015 for Metal Insider.

Here is his full list:

Scott Ian, Anthrax

Top five favorite albums of 2015
Chris Stapelton, Traveller
Motorhead, Bad Magic
Fall Out Boy, American Beauty American Psycho
Slayer, Repentless
Faith No More, Sol Invictus

For good measure, Fred Leclerq of Dragonforce also includes SI in his list:

Fred Leclercq, Dragonforce

Gruesome, Savage Land
Napalm Death Apex Predator-Easy Meat
Sigh, Graveward
Undead, False Prophecies
Disturbed, Immortalized
Trivium, Silence in the Snow
Kamelot, Haven
Papa Roach, F.E.A.R.
Faith No More, Sol Invictus
Ghost, Meliora

And Britta Gortz from german thash outfit Cripper also includes Faith No More as number one in her list:

Britta Gortz, Cripper

1) Faith No More, Sol Invictus

Mostest longest awaitest album EVER! And I was so nervous about this…Man I am so so happy  that they didn’t show up with a half-hearted “let’s play on the safe side”, warmed-up comeback album. They were never really gone anyway. Prost!


812, 2015

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR part 2: Sol Invictus number 2 in Classic Rock list

December 8th, 2015|Faith No More|4 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus features at number 2 on the Classic Rock album of the year list and number 11 in The Skinny‘s albums of the year – and it has made small dents in other lists.

Classic Rock

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Classic Rock/Team Rock pull no punches and have included Sol Invictus at number 2 in their top 50, just behind Iron Maiden and ahead of The Darkness and Killing Joke in their top 10.
They say:

“2. Faith No More

Sol Invictus (Ipecac)

The key lyric comes during the propulsive Separation Anxiety, when Mike Patton, for so long so scathingly dismissive of Faith No More’s legacy, croons ‘I can’t let you go, because you’re a part of me, not apart from me.’

The San Franciscan band’s first album in 18 years surpassed the expectations of even the most hard-core devotees, adding a dark, gothic sheen to their maverick melange. From the playfully filthy Motherfucker to the perversely cheerful Sunny Side Up, it’s a stunning re-affirmation of FNM’s status as one of rock’s most deliciously idiosyncratic units. Shame they’d already used the title Album Of The Year back in 1997, because it would be entirely apposite here.”

The Skinny

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The Scottish music zine features Sol Invictus just outside the top 10 in their list of albums of the year.

Across the Margin

Across the Margin feature Sol Invictus at number 49 in their list, stating:

Whereas many artists and bands seem to be deadlocked in a never-ending cycle of accumulation (press, contracts, management, record deals, appearances, social media presence, outside collaboration, product lines, etc.), Faith No More seems to be shedding the pounds that weighed them down in the 90s, and emerging all the better for it. Sol Invictus was recorded in about as much garage-band style as any band could hope to pull-off in 2015, with longtime collaborating producer Matt Wallace providing some post-production mixing. “Superhero” is that hard-hitting and nefarious-sounding song that will stand out as Sol Invictus’ defining single. It is the album’s “Epic,” and rightly so, proving that today Faith No More are back, and still at the top of their game.

The AV Club

Sol Invictus did not make the cut in the AV Club‘s final list but they do feature in a number of writer’s lists.

Jason Heller includes Sol Invictus in his “Best new albums by old bands in 2015” category:

There was plenty of reason to believe Faith No More would never make another album. Thankfully Sol Invictus finally arrived; not only does it reestablish Mike Patton and crew’s lust for perverse, brainy art-rock, it stretches their atmospheric bombast to wondrously weird new heights.

The album features at #7 in Josh Modell’s list:

1. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
2. El Vy, Return To The Moon
3. The Decemberists, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
4. Low, Ones And Sixes
5. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
6. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
7. Faith No More, Sol Invictus
8. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi
9. Soak, Before We Forgot How To Dream
10. Ryan Adams, 1989




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