The Macomb Daily were quick off the mark with their review of Faith No More’s show Filmore show in Detroit.
“Over the course of 19 songs and 85 minutes (streamed via Yahoo Live), the San Francisco quintet offered a not-so-gentle reminder about the diversity the group so creatively compelling during its initial run during the 80s and 90s as well as a demonstration — via songs from the new “Sol Invictus” album, which comes out May 19 — of how potent Faith No More remains.”
Another Sol Invictus review
The Toilet to V Hell has reviewed Sol Invictus song-by-song and here are some snippets:
“Clocking in at about forty minutes Sol Invictus never gets a chance to overstay its welcome. It may be a challenging listen to some, but for many it will reward you after a few listens.”
““Matador“ includes some impressive vocal-acrobatics from Patton… as though anyone expects less from him at any age. At about 2:41 (and elsewhere) you’ll hear some brief histrionics coming from the Hallowed Pipes of Patton that are somewhat reminiscent of their over-the-top cover of the Bee Gees’ “I Started a Joke”. Holy living breathing crap, this is a good track. It’s a damned shame these guys couldn’t have worked together a bit more since the 1998 breakup. This song sounds nothing like “Epic” but it is nothing short of epic.”
Consequence of Sound has always followed Faith No More closely and they give the Chicago tour resumption show a big review. They include a very good deconstruction of Mike Patton’s vocals:
“Mike Patton sang into a microphone last night. He also sang into a repurposed police radio, complete with coiled black chord, and a red megaphone with a microphone seemingly built in. Sometimes he would hold his normal microphone up to the mic-equipped megaphone, screaming and screaming through layers of amplification. He had a small effects rig set up on a white music stand near the front of the stage, and he’d tweak pedals on his voice the way a guitarist would. The voice is an instrument, of course, but few people play it like Patton.
Patton can do death metal growls, and he did; he can croon and shriek and bellow from the bottom of his gut, and he did. He has one of the most elastic voices in American music.”
And they concluded:
“Faith No More’s never without its fun. They played the best song ever written about Scientology (“Land of Sunshine”), but also covered “Easy” by the Commodores with more relish than irony. They closed their encore with “I Started a Joke” by the Bee Gees. Their own songs are streaked with darkness but also irreverence, and they thrive at the intersection of the two. They find power in their odd corner, and for the first time in years, they’re sharing it.”
And UR Chicago also give a lengthy review plus good good shots. They included more Patton appreciation:
“The guys of Faith No More were in rare form tonight, the band sounded impeccable and no one member outshined another. Of course, Mike Patton’s voice should be considered one of the wonders of the world – at one point he displayed his versatile vocal ability when he was poking fun at a stonefaced fan in the front row wearing a Behemoth shirt. He asked him if he would prefer some death metal and launched into a torrent of growling and screaming that, although it was intended to be lighthearted, was actually quite impressive. The crowd cheered riotously in support but it made me wish that Patton would do a massive tour collecting all of his projects into one night. The man can do anything with his voice and each of his bands show us only one facet of that monstrous talent.”
And they concluded quite, well, conclusively:
“All of those pieces fit together to make one of the most important bands in rock history putting on one of the most crucial shows any rock fan could witness. If how fast this show sold out is any indication of what kind of impact we can expect from Faith No More in the next year or so, they’re surely poised to set the world on fire. The only complaint I had about the evening was the lack of material from The Real Thing, and that’s just a personal gripe that I’m sure a lot of fans won’t share with me. The show was great, the setlist was awesome, the new material is certainly promising, and when the band left the stage with Patton promising to see us again this September, it seems we can most likely expect to witness the infinitely impressive Faith No More at Riot Fest. 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for this band and last night was proof positive that they’ve definitely found their second wind.”