The Faith No More reunion is the gift that keeps on giving. At first, the band voted “least likely to get back together” actually did, 11 years after they called it quits. Not only were their live shows still amazing, but they had the audacity to unleash a few new numbers on their adoring fans. This led to rumors of a new album, and after a few false reports that the band was splitting up again, the cat was out of the bag – yes indeed, there’s a new album coming, and yes, we will embark on a proper tour for that new album. CAN YOU DIG IT?
This year Faith No More released Sol Invictus, their seventh album and their first recorded output since 1998’s Album of the Year. They’ve retained that album’s guitar player, Jon Hudson, while the rest of the band remains the same – drummer Mike “Puffy” Bordin, keyboard player Roddy Bottum, bassist Billy Gould, and vocalist Mike Patton.
Sol Invictus is a powerful comeback album. They’re still a sonically adventurous band, as songs like “Motherfucker” and “Separation Anxiety” will attest to. There’s a dark tone throughout, and while the band has always skirted typical doom-laden heavy metal, this album’s mood is more Bauhaus than Black Sabbath. By combining elements of funk, prog-rock, rap, hardcore punk and sometimes lounge, schmaltz, and hell, even a polka or two, the band has always been in a distinct camp of their own.
They’re stopping in Austin on Sunday, July 26 with openers Napalm Death. Yes, you read that correctly. The founding fathers of grindcore are opening up for Faith No More. Bring your earplugs, kiddies.
This show of shows is over at the Austin Music Hall, located at 208 Nueces St. Doors open at 7 p.m., it’s all ages, but here’s the kicker – at press time, the show is sold out. However, I’m sure there are certain avenues in which you’ll be able to score some tickets. It’s a once in a lifetime event, brothers and sisters. CAN YOU DIG IT?
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