Faith No More are the subject of a large spread in the Australian version of Rolling Stone’s latest issue.
Mike Patton provided some good insight on the band’s perceptions:
“I don’t blame anybody but we’ve never been who we are. I’m not saying we are misunderstood, but shit, when I first joined it was like, on tour with the Chili Peppers, and that’s not really who we are. And then we had a little success and we were playing with bands like Guns N’Ross and Poison. No, that’s not really who we are. So it’s been, like, a feeling-out period of a good 30 years. Basically, we don’t really fit anywhere, but this record goes to places that we haven’t in the past and hopefully hear it in that way. But you never know. Who cares? He smiles. “Fuck ’em.”
The review has a lot of good things to say but only rates the record 3.5/5. It states:
“Overall, however, this is Faith No More at their most atmospheric, malevolent and creepy (the title-track, Separation Anxiety, Motherfucker, Sunny Side Up). It’s also, it has to be said, occasionally more adequate than engaging, particularly on the acoustic-guitar driven Black Friday and closer From the Dead, songs that fail to strike as you would hope of the band’s first new material since 1997.”
“There is, however, still much to admire in Sol Invictus. Mike Patton’s vocals are as chameleonic as you’d expect – witness his unnerving turn in the addictively chugging Separation Anxiety – while Matador is gloriously epic (no pun intended), and Superhero and Rise of the Fall provide the requisite adrenaline charge, albeit in their own skewiff way. The album’s missteps aside, it is in these, and many other, moments that Sol Invictus serves as a reminder of what FNM so special in the first place.”