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Faith No More: Sol Invictus

Album Review

First album since 1997, off the back of their successful reunion tour.

In a recent interview, Bill Gould, Faith No More’s bassist and producer of Sol Invictus, the band’s first album in almost two decades, described the group as a “hexagonal peg” in the music industry. It’s an apt description.

Although they piledrove through every hole they were faced with back in the 1990s, they’ve never been metal monomaniacs. Despite touring alongside the likes of Black Sabbath and Guns N’ Roses, they always disliked the worst, sexist and stupid excesses of metal. They owe their heavy origins to Killing Joke and PiL, among others, and have always embraced the angular eclecticism of post-punk, zig-zagging stylistically around funk, jazz, country, as and when it suits their ever-changing cinematic moods. All of this has been grist to their thrashing mill, however, rather than off-putting to mass rock audiences.

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