As you can see, I’m running out of adjectives to describe positive reviews but here come three more from pretty big hitters.
Paste award Sol Invictus 8.3/10 and give one of those reviews which has you scratching your head wondering where the lost points went to. In fact, the pretty much claim that the album is better than Angel Dust or KFAD or anything else from the FNM oeuvre. I’ll paste Paste here:
“In fact, as improbable as it may have somehow seemed—given the confounding reunion efforts of other previously dormant artists in the last decade—Faith No More appears to have not only written a collection of songs that stand up to the lofty heights they set for themselves from past releases, in some ways they have exceeded them. Herein you find the tatters of The Real Thing, Angel Dust, and Album of the Year, each tong-tossed and flipped to accommodate the band’s infamous artistic daring.”
And this is great phrasing:
“They sound like they’re 22 years old again, or at least they’re convincingly channeling the spirit of their 22-year-old selves. Forget age; this is just a killer avant-metal maelstrom.”
PunkNews award 4.5/5 stars and also make the bold claim that Sol Invictus is as good as anything they have done. They conclude:
“Faith No More is in fact back from the dead, and their time in the grave seems to have done them some good. Sol Invictus was worth the wait. It’s an artistic triumph on par with the best of their ’90s stuff. The faithful will savor every note of these ten new songs. In an era of constant, pointless reunions, here’s one that’s finally worth the hype. Faith No More really do seem to be unconquered suns. They make music on their own terms, take it or leave it. You should definitely take it. “
Glide also make lofty claims in their conclusion as they dish out a 9/10 score:
“Standing with “Superhero” as a new Faith No More classic is the penultimate “Matador.” Once again, the interplay of piano and guitar drive the track forward towards progressive greatness. The intensity builds and builds, creating a haunting whirlwind that sticks with you long after the album is over.
Coming in at just under 40 minutes, Sol Invictus might feel like sparse offering, but Faith No More makes full use of their—and your—time, pulling no punches and delivering their best album since 1992’s Angel Dust. They’re clearly aware of the skepticism surrounding reunions and do their best to dispel these trepidations one track at a time, winning over even the most jaded and cynical music fans among us.