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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.”



3007, 2015

Faith No More get rave preview in New York Times

July 30th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Faith No More play (the theatre) at the iconic Madison Square Garden on Wednesday 5 August – and they have just got another laudatory write-up in The New York Times.

The Times says:

“Empty rituals, trinkets and fossils,” Mike Patton gargles within the first half-minute of “Sol Invictus” (Reclamation/Ipecac), a rattlingly vital new album by Faith No More. He’s taking aim at religious trappings but maybe also disarming the pomp around, say, a cult-heroic rock band in the midst of an unlikely reunion…Startlingly, “Sol Invictus” feels like more than a reboot; it has genuine ambition, and a growly sense of purpose. Whatever Mr. Patton has to say about rituals, it’s bound to be interesting when Faith No More plays its first-ever show at Madison Square Garden.”

3006, 2015

Links for a day 183: Superhero honour, behind the scenes and more

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|2 Comments

Here’s our round-up of what’s been happening over the past few days while the rest of the music media have been belatedly catching up with the Faith No More Foo Fighter’s snippet.

Superhero number 2 in What Culture list

The list in question is their 10 Best Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Songs Of 2015 (So Far) rundown and Superhero comes in at number 2. Here is some of what they say:

“One of the most mature and meticulously stitched together hard rock songs of the year for a band whose iconic status has only been extended further with the genre defying Sol Invictus.”

Sol Invictus in Rolling Stone album of the year list

Another list.  Rolling Stone has published its clickbaitish albums of the year so far list – in June. They say: “It’s nearly half over, but the year of the dueling streaming services has already given us plenty of reasons to press play. Mumford went electric, Dylan went Rat Pack and Mark Ronson went to the top of the charts. D’Angelo made a huge impact on 2015 with his bold return (after 14 years without a new album), which was followed by comeback LPs from Faith No More (after 18 years) and the Sonics (49 years). And of course there has been no shortage of newcomers — indie wordsmith Courtney Barnett, hip-hop’s giddy Rae Sremmurd, high-concept dance crew Future Brown — turned heads as well. Here’s the best of 2015’s first six months.”
And on Sol Invictus, they re-iterate:

“Sol Invictus, the band’s first record since 1997’s underrated Album of the Year, offers newer, better versions of Faith No More’s formula: spaghetti-Western guitars (“Cone of Shame”), proggy keyboard drama (“Matador”) and tons of vocal contortions from lead singer Mike Patton (“Rise of the Fall”).”

Insightful Niccolò Antonietti interview

If you have been at any of the Faith No More shows this summer, chances are you will have spotted among the white-clad crew bearded monitoring engineer Niccolò Antonietti. He has given an insightful interview to ZioGiorgio, which gives a look behind the scenes on the technical aspects of putting together the Faith No More live experience.

Here are some choice cuts:

“I had the chance to work as monitor engineer for Mike Patton’s parallel project “Mondo Cane”. I must have done a good job because after the concert Mike Patton asked me if I wanted to work with them till the end of the tour as their official monitor engineer. From then on it was like a snowball effect. Mike Patton asked me to work with Faith No More and then with Tomahawk, and then, with the help of their sound engineer, I also started to work with Primal Scream. I then decided to move across to London and work here.”

“We did “Download” in Donington (UK) last week, where we had only half an hour for stage changeover, with 10 minutes taken up to changeover from the previous group. This year we had a completely white stage, including white carpeting, so another ten minutes were for stage set-up, and so in the remaining ten minutes you need people on the stage that know what they’re doing.”

Yoga and the No Worries hotel in Finland

Mike P and Roddy lead the crowd in some yoga instruction and arrange a date at the No Worries hotel at Provinssirock.

Burton snowboard winners

The winners of those wonderful Burton Faith No More snowboards met the band in Sweden at the weekend. Anneli Grotterød, Steve Murphy and Felix Seifert were the winners.

Read more here (via @mariadollyfnm)

Refused hitch a ride

As reported by UpRoxx and elsewhere, Faith No More offered a plane ride to reunited Swedish punks The Refused to Provinssirock.

Late, late Antiquiet Sol Invictus review

There is a lot to be said in this age of immediate gratification and instant evaluation to let an album soak in and wash over you and I’ll assume that’s why Antiquiet have waited about six weeks before passing judgement on Sol Invictus.The review is worth waiting for as they say:
“I won’t go into any trite soapboxing about whether or not this is an acceptable “comeback album” or what Faith No More may or may not have had to prove to anyone, whether they did or did not succeed in doing so, or any of all that obvious blogger bullshit. But what I do feel is safe to say, and re-affirmed by this album, is that Faith No More is still very much a force to be reckoned with, and one of the most powerful bands still working.”

1806, 2015

Faith No More at the Roundhouse night 1 reviews

June 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews, Tour dates|0 Comments

The UK media and blogosphere have spoken – here are their verdicts on last night’s Faith No More gig at the Roundhouse in London.

The Guardian

Mike Patton remains a driven, hypercharismatic front man, ladling bile and malice over the sourly anthemic Ricochet. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies is all Black Sabbath riffs and it’s obvious why Faith No More have just played at Download, but they’re so much more than a metal band: the knowing bombast of new track Matador swells into high camp like Bowie at his most outré.

Evening Standard

Singer Mike Patton, pictured, was in combative mood, beginning every song in a crouch, legs splayed, as though ready to take a punch. Now 47, the affectionate crowd chanted “You fat bastard” at him. “That’s the London we know and love,” retorted keyboard player Roddy Bottum.

Bottum’s work was often what lifted the band above a more brutish guitar assault, especially on the sophisticated, climactic new one, Matador. They also showed a softer side by covering The Commodores’ smooth classic Easy, with no sign of iconoclasm or even a raised eyebrow.

Faith No More Followers

Here is friend of the site Jim right on point on what a great show we missed.

“Faith No More looked happy and full of purpose as they blasted through ‘Caffeine’, glided through ‘Evidence’ and powered through ‘Epic’. The crowd broke into a ‘You Fat Bastards’ chant with Roddy agreeing ‘That’s it, that’s the one we know’, before picking up his acoustic and ‘Black Friday’. ‘Ricochet’, ‘Midlife Crisis’ and ‘Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’ certainly sent the mosh pit wild, the funky interlude in ‘Midlife’ causing a few puzzled expressions. We were happy to see a few ‘guardian angels’ in the brutal whirlpool section of the crowd picking up fellow moshers and aiding the fallen, a real sense of brotherhood down there. “

Black Country Rock

The band were all in excellent form. “Evidence” was a particular example of this with the “Miss You” Stones vibe that contrasted with the rawer surrounding material. It illustrated how Mike Patton is three vocalists in one. He has his characterful baritone, his razor sharp rap style and his death metal growl. He bounced around like a prize fighter, ready to enter the fray.

The stage presentation added to the sense of drama. With everything and everyone clad in white with some rather fetching floral displays, the use of colour wash lighting simply but successfully altered the backdrop from song to song. There was also a guy in a gimp costume who did as Patton commanded for the opening song and encores. Not sure what is brought to the party or even if it was a party that I wanted to go to.

And Gigwise have a great gallery


1506, 2015

Sol Invictus wins Best Album at Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards – VIDEO

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|6 Comments

Faith No More have picked up the Best Album award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards at Indigo2 at The O2 Arena in London on Monday night.

Are they the first non-metal band to win a Metal Hammer award?

And here’s some video of the moment from Metal Hammer – from 11:34. It’s pretty cool seeing Duff McKagan and Scott Ian joining in on the Faith No More chants.


The award was presented by Duff McKagan of Guns N’Roses who tweeted:

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1506, 2015

Two glowing reviews for Faith No More Glasgow show from mainstream UK press

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews, Tour dates|3 Comments

Reviewers were out in force last night for Faith No More’s show at the O2 Academy in Glasgow. Here are two from the mainstream Scottish and UK press.

Daily Telegraph

“The volume was punishing, the lighting restless and intense. When Patton sang into a distorted microphone made from a taxi radio, shouted into a loudhailer or just opened his throat and screamed down the mic it was a physically affecting experience, the sound combining with the monolithic noise of the band and the aggressive pulsing lights to produce a head-ringing sensory overload.

It was disorientating noise terror, but was as likely to be followed by their cover of the pop soul classic Easy Like Sunday Morning or an easy listening version of Midlife Crisis as it was by yet another aural assault.”

The Herald

“Sol Invictus itself provided evidence they’ve not blunted their ideas, with a playfulness around sturdy rock structures, including some pop undertones on a rousing Superhero. The noise was consistently furious, with the rhythm section of Mike Bordin and Billy Gould propulsive, but that quirkier nature delivered an added spark, including an ear-splitting Midlife Crisis that casually, effortlessly, dropped in a snippet of Boz Scaggs tune Lowdown halfway through. The Academy, and Glasgow, may not see better this year.”

806, 2015

Links for a Day…(vol. 179): Berlin videos, Berlin reviews, Slipknot, Angel Dust at 23 and much more

June 8th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, Sol Invictus reviews|3 Comments

Separation Anxiety in Berlin

Some great videos from Berlin now surfacing online. This might be the best video of SA I’ve seen yet. It also sounds a lot better than it did when I heard it live in Milan one week ago.

And here’s Midlife from the same source – Kabinett Obscura on YouTube

And finally – for anyone wondering how the Patton voice is sounding on this leg of the tour – a snippet from This Guy’s in Love with You

Ace Race for Space cover of Stripsearch

Faith No More may be masters of covering other artists’ songs but the favour is rarely returned. But here is an ace find from the Mouth of the Ocean forum – Russia electronica outfit Race for Space absolutely nail Stripsearch in this atmospheric cover.

Berlin reviews

Despite the fact that the most-watched annual sporting event was taking place in their city at the same time, Berlin’s media still found time and space to properly review Faith No More’s performance on Saturday night. And the reviews are universally positive.
Berliner Morgenpost:

“Patton easily entertains in the middle, Billy Gould hammers out his brutal metallic bass on the strings, guitarist Jon Hudson plays razor-sharp sharp-edged guitar riffs every now and then in the mathematically devised arrangements and Roddy Bottum provides the ambitious keyboard and piano sounds. But there is above all drummer Mike Bordin, now with grey long dreadlocks, who propels and holds together this driving rock machine together in a miraculous manner.”

Berliner Zeitung

It was a multiple risky appointment that Faith No More had chosen for their Berlin concert. Not only did the masters of crossover metal on Saturday compete with the undoubtedly attractive for its target audience of the UEFA Champions League final; the open-air event in the Spandau Zitadelle was also threatened by storms. Against this background, the title of their latest album turned out to be almost prophetic: “Sol Invictus” it says, according to the Roman festival of the winter solstice – today one knows the date as Christmas – was celebrated with, among others, the assertiveness of the sun god against the bleak winter.”

Der Tagesspiegel

Faith No More are rightly proud of ten new pieces. Self-confidently they even open their appearance also “Sol Invictus” track “Motherfucker” and play during the following 90 minutes another six songs of the record. Most are well received by the over-40 audience friendly. So also “Sunny Side Up” which creates a welcome relaxation moment with its acoustic and tambourine accompaniment. Apart from burrowing bass it slightly reminiscent of the Violent Femmes.


Angel Dust at 23

Our friends at Faith No More Followers have gone a major Angel Dust kick to celebrate the album’s 23rd anniversary.
All the reviews, interviews and articles any researcher might ever need on the subject in a brilliant treasure trove here.
And Jim – owner of roughly 112 versions of the album and singles – gives his personal take on his AD disorder here.

Metal Hammer’s A-Z of Faith No More

There is probably nothing new in here for you diehards but a great list nonetheless and we even get a small mention – Metal Hammer’s A-Z of Faith No More.

V is for Virus
In 2011 a Faith No More fan site posted a snippet of a previously unreleased song from the Angel Dust sessions on YouTube. Known, variously, as The Seagull Song andShuffle, the song had the final working title of Virus, and remains the most sought after FNM curio for hardcore fans.

The Holy Filament resurrected this by the way so here is said viral song which will not be appearing on any re-issues soon.

Here is the interview where Seagull made an appearance.

In a similar vein. here is a somewhat scatological Exclaim article on Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About Faith No More – you do though. This is the article that sparked all those ancient apocryphal Axl anecdote headlines you’ve been seeing.

Slipknot and Faith No More

Corey Taylor has again been speaking about how Faith No More changed his life for Beacon Audio. (via Loudwire)

Taylor’s life-changing experience came when he was 19. He had gone through a bad breakup with a girl and taken a bottle of pills at his grandmother’s house. Luckily his ex-girlfriend’s mother showed up, found him, and called an ambulance to rush him to the hospital where his stomach was pumped. When his grandmother brought him home, he crashed on the couch and turned on the TV, which was tuned to the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Faith No More was playing ‘Epic,’ and I had never seen them live before,” Taylor recalls. “It was so awesome and so fun, and they just didn’t give a s–t about anything. I was mesmerized by that.”

Noisey Mexico cartoon

Noisey Mexico who had the most memorable Sol Invictus promo interview with Roddy have produced a cartoon review of the album and here it is:

New merch on sale

The international Faith No More store has new t-shirts on sale. The sunburst ones are new to me and I didn’t spot these at the Milan merch stand.



406, 2015

The Faith No More Sol Invictus lyrics thread: Post your versions

June 4th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|13 Comments

“I don’t like talking about my lyrics because I like people to appropriate them and interpret them in their own way. It is this mystery which is amusing. A lot of groups dissect their lyrics in interviews; I find that a pity. Because if you say too much there is less thinking on the part of the listener. A record, for me, must remain an adventure. You put it in your player and you go and discover it like you walked for the first time in in a forest or visited a new adventure park. That is why am very protective of my lyrics. It is not that important that some of our fans are not Anglophones and and don’t understand anything that I sing; I prefer that they imagine them. When you buy a painting to put on your wall, I does not come with a note explaining what signifies this or that colour. It’s exactly the same which whatever piece of art.”

Effectively, there are no definitive lyrics to Faith No More’s Sol Invictus albums and, in deference to Mike Patton’s eloquent explanation above, we’ll not be posting any official or unofficial lyrics. But now that we’ve all had time to enjoy and digest the record, this thread is to allow you to post your take on the lyrics. What does the American drug do in Superhero? Is it Game On or Que Mal or Quemar in Rise of the Fall?  Can’t repent at the wrong impartial? Do the zombies walk or swarm on Black Friday?
Here’s the Genius and Mouth of the Ocean forum versions to help and in partnership with Pablo of Bungle Weird I’ve versions of the first 3 tracks below.

Let us know what you think down below.

406, 2015

EXPERT INTERVIEW #3: Jeremy Allen (The Quietus, NME, The Guardian)

June 4th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Freelance music writer Jeremy Allen is our latest (and may be last) expert interviewee. The UK-born and Paris-based freelancer has written for The Quietus, NME, The Guardian and is a Serge Gainsbourg fanatic. He has written two recent features on Faith No More: a The Quietus tribute on the 20th anniversary of King for a Day… and a 10 of the Best feature for The Guardian.

1/ You wrote that Sol Invictus was at least 300 times you expected. Care to expand on that?

I did say that didn’t I? I was really nervous it was going to be shit, but the fact Billy Gould had mentioned Roxy Music as an influence in an interview gave me hope. When I finally heard the record, I’m glad to say that I didn’t just feel relief, I was actually overcome with excitement. I don’t think many bands have managed the trick of returning and recording something worthy of their oeuvre, but I think FNM have thankfully. It doesn’t sound much like Roxy Music though.

2/ Does it come off as the democratic affair that AOTY wasn’t?

I think more so, yes. Album of the Year just sounds so half arsed to me. The clue I think might be in the fact that this time they’ve credited all songs to Faith No More… I’m not sure if they’ve done that before. You can tell there’s a lot of enthusiasm within the band, and they actually appear ostensibly at least to like each other now, which is a by-product of age more than anything. It’s interesting though that Mike Patton has done hardly any press for it – which makes you think the main musical thrust might be coming from the rhythm section. That might be idle speculation though. I’ve interviewed Patton a couple of times and both times FNM was off the menu. It seems even when he’s in Faith No More, he doesn’t like talking about Faith No More. Perhaps FNM is his personal Fight Club.

3/ There is a lot of variety in Sol Invictus but it doesn’t appear as schizoid as KFAD to use your words…

Did I use the word schizoid? Blimey. I don’t think it is, no. In 1995 when they brought out King For A Day they were full of ideas and they had a lot to prove with Big Jim having made his exit to Pumpkinland. I think here they were getting back on the horse – not heroin, I mean the metaphorical horse. Where a band has returned and made a decent record – and I’ll use Suede as an example – it’s somehow because they’ve managed to distill a little bit of everything that makes them Suede into that record, and you suspect the next one will be a lot more expansive. The new Faith No More record is a very Faith No More record – which is what they needed to do – and I don’t think it takes risks like KFAD did. You have to remember that when bands come back together to record, it must be going through their heads fifty-fold that they might be taking a giant dump on their legacy. You can see why bands are so tentative about it. Anyway, this one is very solid. I hope they make another one.

4/ Do you hear any Introduce Yourself echoes in Sol Invictus?

Not really. Introduce Yourself is probably my favourite Faith No More record, but coming from the perspective of 30 years on (during the 90’s it was Angel Dust). Introduce Yourself is a lot more poppy and new wavy than anything else they’ve done, which makes it sound very contemporary, and I guess there’s that lightness of touch here and there on the new record, but nothing about it reminds me of IY to be honest. Also, Chuck Moseley’s voice is so distinctive (as is Patton’s) so that makes it harder to draw sonic comparisons.

5/ You said that IY and KAFD sounded of their time. What about SI?

That’s hard to say. You’d probably need some distance from it to make that judgement. It’s certainly not anachronistic, but given how influential Faith No More have been, they’ve earned the right to sound like themselves. I certainly didn’t turn it on and think “fuck, it’s the early 90’s all over again”.

6/ Are FNM still relevant/where is their place in modern music/rock?

They’ve been massively influential for good and bad. People often blame Nu Metal on them, ergo Limp Bizkit and Korn, but I think it’s time to stop doing that. Limp Bizkit could have just as easily been influenced by a lot of nefarious bullshit, glam metal, Extreme, aspirational mainstream hip hop… to blame it on Faith No More is a red herring I think. Faith No More were always artful, brave, funny, intelligent, deliberately obtuse at times… I like the strength of character that comes through their records and I can hear it in others, though I don’t have the time to name names particularly… If the character was a real person then that person wouldn’t be a whiney fucker or an arrogant dickhead, it’d be someone you’d probably like to hang out with and take drugs with. I think they’re still wholly relevant in modern music, although I don’t think anyone’s really doing any drugs now.

106, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY..(vol. 178): Bill Gould interview, Duff McKagan, posters, Kreator, Metal Forces review

June 1st, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Other bands, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Rumore interview with Bill Gould

Ahead of Faith No More’s concert at Sonispehre in Milan tomorrow, Italian music magazine Rumore has published an interview with Bill Gould. Here are some choice cuts:

“None of us have the ambition to change the course of musical history, not at this age. We’re all older and more relaxed.”

On the theme of the album:

“It’s exactly like that but, I confess, it was not planned. We only realised it when making the record. The more the record grew the more we ourselves discovered a common line. I repeat, it was probably the fact that, having no inclination to change the musical structure, as in the 1990s, we focused on the song’s form.”

“I never want to see our career confined to a song. It would be brutal. It would be the end. And perhaps it is also a message, by now old in our fifties, to other musicians. Continue to be musicians and songwriters. Build yourself an identity in a world that has no identity. It is the only guarantee of survival.”

Metal Forces review

A wonderful 10/10 review from Metal Forces. They say:

“Sol Invictus is a timely reminder as to why Faith No More remains such a titanic and influential force in music. It was Bill Gould who once said, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not wanting to know about anything about anybody else, but having them wanting to know everything about you”, and that sums up the album, because Faith No More has remained in a field of its own since its inception and its audience has become something akin to a crowd so eager for a sneak peek into this sideshow of genius. While Faith No More let us get close to unravelling its mysteries, it’s always able to keep us at arm’s length – mocking all the while as we fall into its trap. For every fault, blemish and dark corner, Sol Invictus is true genius.”

Faith No More Followers sum it all up in a sentence

A great feature from Faith No More Followers, as they get leading FNM-related figures to sum up Sol Invictus.
Their latest is from Dave Lombardo:
“‘Sol Invictus is exactly what I hoped it would be. Unique, risky…. I dig it!'”

Duff McKagan digs the Real Thing

The Gimp aka former Guns N’Roses bassist Duff McKagan spoke about his love for The Real Thing which features in his book’s  (How to be a Man) list of his 100 favourite albums.

Kreator dig Faith No More

German thrash metal kingpins Kreator were full of praise for Faith No More after they both appeared at Rockavaria on Sunday.
In a Facebook post, they said:

Periphery singer on Sol Invictus

And the final entry on the theme of other bands bigging up Faith No More is a tweet yesterday from Periphery singer Spencer Sotelo:

Secret Serpent posters

Secret Serpents have posted details of Faith No More‘s European tour poster releases.

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