The Sol Invictus reviews continue apace

Exclaim!

The leading Canadian music site gives the album a healthy 8/10, saying:

“This is a record profoundly disillusioned by a future more dystopian than hopeful, where superheroes are motherfuckers and the large hadron collider has replaced the hammer and sickle. Mike Patton’s performance is the main draw of the record, as he possesses hands down the best voice in rock and metal on this planet. His dynamic range in on point, his swings from madness to delicacy are dizzying. “

And conclude:

“Sol Invictus isn’t perfect, and it’s not their best work, but Faith No More creaking with a little rust and blinking cobwebs is still a glorious thing.”

Musicfeeds

Australian music site MusicFeeds is somewhat more ambivalent:

“It’s to Sol Invictus’ credit that, any way it’s cut, it stands up as a Faith No More record. It doesn’t feel forced, tired, desperate or hackneyed – an especially impressive feat, considering that under the circumstances it has every right to be.”

Beat

Another one from Australia, this time written by accomplished guitar expert journalist Peter Hodgson. And he loves it:

“It makes you want to listen over and over again and rewards you with hidden layers and inflections. It taps into the spirit of what always made this band so identifiable, even amid all the genre-hopping, and it does so without alienating those who crave something new or those who are worried about Sol Invictus pulling a Phantom Menace on everyone’s youths.”

Heavy Blog is Heavy

Heavy Blog is heavy offer a very detailed review which even digresses into an in-depth discussion of the album title. But, once again, it is almost universally upbeat, only quibbling about the album’s length.

“There isn’t a bad track on here. The slow march of “Sol Invictus” that opens the album actively sets the mood for the monumental, meaty innards that comprise Sol Invictus. The acoustic-driven “From the Dead” that closes the record is similar in vibe to “Pristina” that ended Album of the Year—a certain finality in tone and lyrical nature that almost says “goodbye again,” but in a far more cheerful manner. “Sunny Side Up” sits back and relaxes with its a more laid back attitude, barring the choruses, whereas the following track, “Separation Anxiety,” with its quietly aggressive guitar riff causes your heart to quicken pace. Some would consider the juxtaposition of tracks on the album something of a head scratcher, but it seems so fitting for Faith No More.”

Gearphobia

The guitar, amps and pedals bible features a naturally music-cussed review (shouldn’t they all be music focused) and states:

“Sol Invictus – a 10-track slice of just what you’d want from the band…taut melodies mixed with percussive blow to the head tied neatly in a ribbon of controlled chaos.”

Meat Mead Metal

Another long, rewarding and personal review and some sentiments we can probably all identify with:

“And a couple months ago when their new, seventh record “Sol Invictus” arrived in my inbox, my love affair with FNM was heavily rekindled. The record sounded so good. So inspired. Of course it’s not “Angel Dust.” Nothing ever will be. But it’s a damn fun, damn good record. I listen to this thing several times a week, and not out of some personal obligation to like it. I do because it makes me happy, and it sounds like the music also has reinvigorated the band. It’s probably the least metal of all of their albums, but Faith No More never was a metal band, despite people trying to shove them into that shelf. Instead they make heavy, agitated, melodic, sometimes schmaltzy sounds, and they haven’t sounded this good in ages.”