FAITH NO MORE released their 7th studio album SOL INVICTUS 3 years ago!
It's been 3 years since Faith No More released their first album after an 18 year hiatus from the studio. Sol Invictus was their 7th record released on May 19th via their own imprint Reclamation.
"Everything is represented on this album. You’ve got our singer, Mike [Patton], with his range of talents and breadth of skills. Our bass player is particularly talented at creating these atmospheres and environments with his production and arrangements. Everyone’s ideas are in this record. There’s enough rock, there’s enough crunch, there’s enough melody, there’s enough darkness. All the elements are there." - Mike Bordin
The album was a triumph and an expression of a united and matured band who had evolved. Not the album some were hoping for but the album FNM wanted to make. Each and every FNM album is radically different to its predecessor while retaining that unmistakable sound of 5 individual and unique musicians. On Sol Invictus Mike Patton brought his immeasurable experience from the countless and varied projects, Bill Gould added his skills as a producer, Roddy Bottum his classical talents, Mike Bordin his precision and Jon Hudson his ability to be a team player. Gould, Bottum and Bordin reaffirmed their expertise in songwriting.
[You can read reviews and more band quotes HERE]
The Next Album?
Traditionally FNM left 2 to 3 years between recording their next record, so in theory we are due album number 8 anytime now.....however FNM have never adhered to any blueprint and always found ways to be unpredictable....that's why we love them.
How likely are we to get a new album? Well at the moment it seems not very. Patton is facing a busy year with Dead Cross, Mondo Cane and various other projects. We also know that there is a Tomahawk album on the horizon so that could keep the man of a thousand voices busy in 2019. Roddy is finding satisfaction in his many varied projects including a new Imperial Teen album, which again could be his focus next year. Bill has recently found a new role as film producer on Travis Beard's documentary Rockabul. All this pulls a united FNM further apart.
In 2016 Jon told us, "Actually, I am working on a few ideas right now. It's something that I wanted to focus on after the tour ended, so it's a good place to be in. I'll probably take stock and see what comes of it sooner rather than later, so we'll see."
In 2017 Patton remarked that FNM were, "... kind of on a extended break and if something happens, it'll happen organically and naturally but I kind of don't think it will. I kind of feel like we've tipped the scales a little bit, but we'll see, who knows? I've learned my lesson not to say No."
Earlier this year Bill told Kerrang! "We talk all the time. Are we still a band? I can't tell you. Last time around, we didn't even tell our wives that we were making music again, so I'm fucked if I'm going to tell you!"
And when asked about another album, "That I don't know. I'm open to any outcome. If we do another one It'll be because we're 100 per cent behind it if not, I don't see the point. There's so much shit out there and so much noise, the world doesn't need a half-hearted Faith No More record."
It's in the band's nature to keep us guessing the odds are stacked against the chance of a new album any time soon, however this is FAITH NO MORE and we can only expect the unexpected. Happy anniversary Sol Invictus.....
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