faithnomoresolcdcoverBack in September of last year, one of my all time favortie Alternative rock acts in Faith No More announced that they were going to be releasing their first record in over 18 years in Sol Invictus. It’s the band’s first record since 1997’s Album Of The Year and their first record released on Reclamation Records. It’s also the first consecutive album to feature the same lineup since 1992’s Angel Dust as Mike Bordin (Drums), Mike Patton (Vocals), Billy Gould (Bass), Roddy Bottum (Keyboards), and Jon Hudson (Guitar) round out the lineup. The album was released online and in stores yesterday (May18) and I just couldn’t wait to write a review for the record. If you’ve caught the band live on their most recent tour which also featured a gig live in Yahoo Live, then you were treated to hearing some tracks off of the album.

1. Sol Invictus– The title track kicks things off and it is very melodic with the keys as the track stays eerie sounding throughout. Sol Invictus was the official Sun God of the Roman Empire or at least that is the origin of it. 4/5

2. Superhero– In an interview with Marvel, Billy Gould said, “Superhero’ actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the ‘Superhero’ song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things.”  5/5

3. Sunny Side Up– This is one of those tracks for Faith No More that real fans love as they slow it down r&B style, but there are arts that get a little heavy with a killer bass line. 4/5

4. Separation Anxiety– The funny thing about Faith No More is that the songs do match the titles at times as even though the guitars are straightforward, Patton’s vocals are manic in nature. You also get to hear some of the different ranges that Patton can hit in one track. 4.5/5

5. Cone Of Shame– I love the opening guitar riff of the track as it’s nice and melodic as Patton does some narrating as well as singing in a song about the downsides of love. 4/5

FAITH NO MORE San Francisco - October 28, 2014 Dustin Rabin Photography 2680

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6. Rise Of The Fall– Leave it to Faith No More to have a song that has some reggae like beats and I’m not complaining cause it sounds cool. 4/5

7. Black Friday– A Bob Dylan-ish sounding song with some punk influence in it. The lyrics are about that stupid day after Thanksgiving where everyone spends tons of money. 4/5

8. Motherf**ker– This was believe it or not the first song we were all treated to as they premiered this song back in September of 2014 live. The song starts off slow with this eerie beat before Patton and Bottum share in the vocals duties with a cadence like drum beat. 5/5

9. Matador– The song starts with a nice piano arrangement before Patton commands the mic with his unbelievable vocal abilities as the song reminds me a little of The Real Thing with it’s amazing bass riff. 4/5

10. From The Dead– The last song on the record and it sounds like a song that is a closing album song as it seems like you’re saying goodbye or it could be the band proclaiming they are back from the dead. The song is semi-acoustic which makes it a nice change of pace and it sounds like something out of the 70’s. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a definite return to form for Faith No More as every song on the record is worthy of a listen and for those of you that don’t know who they are, check out this album because I am sick of explaining that the theme to Dirty Jobs is a Faith No More song. I am giving the record four stars out of five for a final grade.

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  1. […] top of the game. I did a review of the album for the album of the week which you can find by going here. Otherwise, go to the store and pick up this album because you will not regret […]

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