Faith No More - Sol Invictus - Mike Patton 2015 Punk Alt Rock LP
Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Label: Reclamation! Recordings RR002LP, Ipecac Recordings RR002LP
Format: Black Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: USA & Canada
Gatefold sleeve. Includes a download card.
Released: 21 Aug 2015
Style: Alternative Rock
A1 Sol Invictus
A3 Sunny Side Up
A4 Separation Anxiety
A5 Cone Of Shame
B1 Rise Of The Fall
B2 Black Friday
B5 From The Dead
Phonographic Copyright (p) Reclamation! Recordings
Copyright (c) Reclamation! Recordings
Copyright (c) Ossian Brown
Licensed To Ipecac Recordings
Manufactured By Red Distribution
Distributed By Red Distribution
Produced At Estudios Koolarrow
Engineered At Estudios Koolarrow
Recorded At Vulcan Studios
Mixed At Studio Delux
Mastered At Maor Appelbaum Mastering
Lacquer Cut At Optimal Media GmbH
Band Billy Gould, Jon Hudson, Mike Bordin, Mike Patton, Roddy Bottum
Design [Album Design] Martin Kvamme
Management Tim Moss
Mastered By Maor Appelbaum
Mastered By [Vinyl] KR
Mixed By Bill Gould, Matt Wallace
Photography By [Band Photos] Dustin Rabin
Photography By [Cover And Booklet Photographs Courtesy Of] Ossian Brown
Producer, Engineer Bill Gould
Recorded By [Vocals] Mike Patton
Songwriter Faith No More
©&℗ 2015 Reclamation Recordings.
Licensed by Ipecac Recordings.
Vocals recorded at Vulcan Studios.
Mastered at Maor Appelbaum Mastering California U.S.A.
Cover and booklet photographs: © Ossian Brown 2015.
After 18 years, the seminal Faith No More return with a new album and it is superb! I personally didnt expect this album to be this good as Id been pretty disappointed with King for a Day and Album of the Year (both excellent in parts but not consistently so) and felt the guys must have lost their magic. Well Im glad to say they have put out a cracking album here that really grows on you the more you listen to it. Sol Invictus may not have quite the scope, loftiness or momentousness of The Real Thing or Angel Dust but then it doesnt try to. However, all the hallmark FNM qualities are present; it is a musically rich tapestry of riffs, catchy hooks, quirkiness and punchy rhythms that FNM are known for. It delves in and out of The Real Thing, Angel Dust and Album of the Year and even a little Mr Bungle yet has its own fresh identity.
Every band members talent is plain to hear, Goulds funky throaty bass sounds better than ever, Bordins pummelling is as spectacular and exhilarating as always, Bottums keyboards here are more piano orientated than synth and Jon Hudsons guitar work is a definite step up from his lacklustre work on AOTY.
But special mention must to go to Patton, his unique vocal talents are a marvel to listen to as always, hes lost none of his range or inventiveness and this is some of his finest work outside Mr Bungle. The way he effortlessly morphs from hardened ageing cowboy at the middle section of Cone of Shame straight into full on blistering death metal growling is just riveting and the most exhilarating singing Ive heard since Mr Bungle disbanded.
Every track for me are very enjoyable listens and work well together and the albums relatively short running time of 40 mins feels about right. However, standout tracks for me would be opener Sol Invictus, a haunting and morose piano led track with a gorgeous chorus. Nice guitar work in the background here.
Superhero is pure vintage FNM straight from the Angel Dust era, a great bouncy rhythm section, catchy and heavy. Sunny Side Up is a very fun piece of catchy pop and shows FNM havent lost their sense of humour. Separation Anxiety and Cone of Shame show that FNM have lost none of their energy and are classic blistering marvels. Matador seems to be fast becoming another fan favourite and its grown on me a lot since I first heard it, it feels designed to be this albums The Real Thing or King for a Day, And as is customary, the record ends on a more accessible piece of gorgeous pop with From the Dead sounding like a cross between classic REM and FNMs own Just a Man. A great way to end the album and give themselves a pat on the back.
Faith No More - Superhero
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Faith No More - Sunny Side Up (Official Video)
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Faith No More - Sol Invictus
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