Copyright 2000-2011 Bauer Consumer Media

Copyright 2000-2011 Bauer Consumer Media

Leading metal magazine Kerrang gave Faith No More‘s performance at the Hammersmith Apollo on 8 July an in-depth review in 18 July edition.

The show gets a 4K rating, presuminably losing one K or star for not having new material, as the written review is a virtual panegyric to the band.

It begins: “Then comes an unexpected delivery of flowers. Hundreds of them, arranged from one side of the stage to the other. making this not only the most ornate gig of the year but also the nicest smelling. It would have been a special occasion had the San Fran five-piece just come out and played to make up for the cancellation of their planned headline set at Sonisphere. But ever since their reunion in 2009, Faith No More have hardly done things by halves.”

And its good to see the reviewer extending his scope beyond the mesmeric Mike Patton performance to give the band as a whole its due: “As Midlife Crisis kicks things up a notch. the iconic frontman circles, hunches and lurches around the stage, attacking every note. The band are flawless too, playing incredibly tight, whether they’re smashing through an incendiary Digging The Grave or kicking it smooth on The Commodores’ Easy.”

And the review concludes with a plea that all FNM fans echo: “As thrilling as it is to hear the old hits, lesser-played gems. and as fun as shows like this feel, it’s almost criminal that three years on. Faith No More remain a live only reformation. Especially. when on this evidence. they still operate at a level above and beyond most other bands. Some new music next time, chaps? Now that would be something truly special.”