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Faith No More

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Formed: 1981
From: Bay Area , CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Background

In 1981, Bay Area, California, musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, "We Care A Lot," released on Mordam Records in 1985.

Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, "Introduce Yourself," was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely for various reasons. Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle) was hired in January of 1989 and "The Real Thing" was released six months later.

"Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 and Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S.

Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of 1992, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds.

Jim Martin was fired and Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited for 1995's "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime." However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance's replacement. Faith No More then replaced Dean Menta with Jon Hudson (ex-Systems Collapse). The band's sixth studio album, "Album of the Year" was released (June 1997).

In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members' many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould confirmed the split.

Latest Faith No More News

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Faith No More Posts "Separation Anxiety" Video

Faith No More has another video out now from the long-awaited comeback album "Sol Invictus" released via Ipecac Recordings/Reclamation Recordings.

This new clip for "Separation Anxiety" was edited by Finchlynch and can be seen below. A previously posted video for Sunny Side Up is also available at this location.

"Sol Invictus" (Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings), Faith No More’s first new album since 1997’s "Album of the Year," arrived in May, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and landing at similar spots worldwide (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK).

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Faith No More Releases New Video

Faith No More will play a final 2015 show on October 25 at the Aftershock Festival. Leading up to that performance, today the band debuts the colorful video for “Sunny Side Up."

The clip, which was directed by filmmaker Joe Lynch (The Movie Crypt podcast, and films Everly and Knights of Badassdom), arrives as the band wraps up a whirlwind year.

"Sol Invictus" (Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings), Faith No More’s first new album since 1997’s "Album of the Year," arrived in May, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and landing at similar spots worldwide (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK).

The months surrounding release found the band headlining a number of festivals including Sonisphere, Download, Riot Fest, Bumbershoot and Rock in Rio. Returning to late night television for the first time since the mid ‘90s, Faith No More took the stage on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly.

Rolling Stone called the album “as much a triumphant victory lap as it’s a comeback record, The New York times said the new album found the Bay Area band “reunited and reclaiming its spot” and the Los Angeles Times said “Faith No More has a history of defying expectations, and that’s what it’s doing again with 'Sol Invictus.'” More...

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Faith No More Performs On Jimmy Kimmel

Yesterday (September 3) Faith No More appeared for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and footage from that show can be seen below - featuring the band in tuxedos and including the return of the gimp!

Faith No More performed both "Sunny Side Up" and "Separation Anxiety" off the comeback album "Sol Invictus," which was the band's first official album release in 18 years.

The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart with numerous top ten entries across the globe.

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Faith No More To Play Jimmy Kimmel, Posts Footage

Faith No More just released a live video for the song “Sunny Side Up” filmed at The Filmore in Detroit on May 8.

Check it out below, and if you missed it, footage from that same show for the song "Superhero" can also still be seen right here.

These live clips come online as the band announces a Sept. 3 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Faith No More recently wrapped up four months of international tour dates following the release of a first album in eighteen years, "Sol Invictus."

The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart with numerous top ten entries across the globe (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK). Upcoming Faith No More tour dates include:

September 6 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
September 8 Denver, CO Red Rock Amphitheatre
September 11 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
September 15 Guacima, Costa Rica Parque Viva
September 18 Bogota, Columbia Royal Center
September 20 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
September 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil Escpaco Das Americas
September 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio
September 27 Santiago, Chile Get Louder
October 25 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival More...

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Faith No More Posts Live "Superhero" Video

Faith No More has posted a live video for the single “Superhero,” available below and filmed at The Fillmore in Detroit on May 8.

Faith No More is in the midst of a North American tour, playing the Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta this evening.

The band’s first album in nearly two decades, "Sol Invictus," was released in May and landed at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, as well as in the Top 10 on most international charts (#2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK to name a few).

“What this tells me,” said Faith No More founder and bass player Bill Gould, of the album’s successful launch, “is that there is a need out there; people want to hear things that exist outside the mold. It makes me feel grateful and it gives me hope.” More...

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Rocksmith Releases Faith No More DLC

Learn to play 5 eclectic hits by the reactivated Faith No More in a new DLC pack now available for Rocksmith: “Epic,” “Falling To Pieces,” “From Out Of Nowhere,” “Digging The Grave,” and “Midlife Crisis” will be available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam. The tunings and arrangements are as follows:

“Epic” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Falling To Pieces” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“From Out Of Nowhere” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Digging The Grave” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Midlife Crisis” – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

Faith No More recently returned from an extremely lengthy hiatus with comeback album "Sol Invictus." More...

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Faith No More's BBC Rock Show Performance Posted

Faith No More performed an in-studio session for the "BBC Radio 1 Rock Show" on June 16th, 2015, which was officially aired yesterday, July 12th. Video footage of Faith No More recording the track "Superhero" in the studio can now be viewed below.

Check it out.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

The final day of a festival always seems to be the most subdued and relaxed, most likely a result of tiredness, but with such a solid lineup to look forward to, who has time to take it easy? Graspop Metal Meeting still had plenty to offer the head bangers on this Sunday, with things getting off to a great start at the second main stage, where New Zealand hard rockers, Like A Storm got things underway. This was another case of checking out a band I had never heard of and they proved well worth a gamble, as their brand of hard rock with a tinge of alternative metal was the perfect way to wake up the sleepy unwashed and accentuate a few hang overs. Like The Dead Daisies two days before, Like A Storm are all about having a good time. It's rock the way it was designed to be, a lot of fun and high energy, though they put their own, native stamp on things by utilising the didgeridoo, which believe it or not, actually works really well with their music. The instrument was first used in a solo performance, before being brought out again for their song, "Love the Way You Hate Me," and there were other surprises in store too, most notably a cover of the Coolio hit, "Gangsta's Paradise." A great way to start the day.

A little bit of Pop Evil followed, which continued the theme of enjoyable hard rock, before the day's first trip to the Marquee came, this time to check out Winterfylleth. This was another band I was unfamiliar with, despite seeing the name in passing a number of times. I assumed from the name that they were a black metal group, but there's a lot more to them than that. They display an amazing musical talent which goes beyond the simple goal of making music just to be extreme, which some bands are guilty of, and don't conform to the uniform of corpse paint and spikes out of a mistaken sense of obligation, something else young black metal groups have done from time to time. Winterfylleth are another outfit that let the music do most of the talking, which is guaranteed to win over newcomers and please fans who turned up to see these metal Mancunians. More...

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Faith No More Album Invades The Charts

Faith No More’s comeback album "Sol Invictus" has landed atop international charts with the ten-track release at #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany, #6 in the UK and #6 in the United States (#14 on Billboard’s Top 200).

“What this tells me,” said Faith No More founder and bass player Bill Gould, “is that there is a need out there; people want to hear things that exist outside the mold. It makes me feel grateful and it gives me hope.”

“We are honored to be a part of the FNM team and very proud of the success of 'Sol Invictus,'” added Greg Werckman, co-owner of Ipecac Recordings. “Of course, none of this would have happened without the band delivering such a fantastic record and them having faith in us to handle it properly.”

The album was released as a joint partnership between the Faith No More’s own Reclamation Recordings and Ipecac.

Faith No More returns to North America this Summer and the band launches a European tour on today. More...

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Aftershock 2015 Festival Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will feature a lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.

The band lineup for Aftershock 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, and more (daily lineup below).

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."

Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at Aftershock this year and performing in our hometown. It's always special to return to the city that made us."

Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye

Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips More...

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Faith No More Streams New Album

Eighteen years after the band's last full-length studio album, Faith No More is coming back with "Sol Invictus."

While the album won't officially drop until May 18th via Reclamation Recordings / Ipecac Recordings, all of the release is now online for streaming ahead of time.

Check out all of "Sol Invictus" in the player provided below or over at NPR.org here.

A list of upcoming Faith No More tour dates is also available after the jump. More...

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Faith No More To Stream May 8th Performance

Faith No More, who release "Sol Invictus" - the band's first new album in eighteen years - on May 18th, will be live streaming the upcoming May 8th concert from Detroit via Yahoo! Live at 9:15 PM eastern.

You can watch the show online at this location. The show, which will be broadcast from The Fillmore, is one of the band’s first North American performances since 2010 and is part of a string of sold out dates by the Bay Area outfit.

Faith No More returns to North America in late July with a dozen additional dates including an August 5th performance at Madison Square Garden and a headlining spot at Heavy Montreal on August 8th. Bumbershoot also recently announced Faith No More as one of the headliners of the venerable Seattle festival.

New album "Sol Invictus" will be streaming in its entirety via NPR on Monday, May 11th, with Pandora also giving listeners an early listen as of May 13th. See the band live supporting the new album on these dates: More...

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Faith No More Re-Issuing Albums With Bonus Discs

As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years this May, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with deluxe editions of "The Real Thing" and "Angel Dust."

Each album will be offered as a two-disc set that includes the original release accompanied by a second disc filled with rarities related to the album. Both will be available on June 9th at retail outlets for $19.98. The collections will arrive soon after the band concludes an extensive North American tour.

In addition to the CD set there will also be a double LP, 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August. More...

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Faith No More Streaming Remix Track

On the eve of a sold out North American tour, Faith No More is sharing a remix of the single “Superhero,” crafted by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke. Give it a listen below.

The music arrives as the band announces two additional U.K. dates: June 14th at O2 Academy (Glasgow) and June 17th at The Roundhouse (London). Faith No More plays the Download Festival on June 13th.

Faith No More will release new album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, with pre-ordders available at this location. More...

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Faith No More Adds New Tour Dates

Faith No More - gearing up to release new album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th - will return to North America for a late Summer tour, kicking off on July 26th in Austin.

The announcement arrives as the band is about to embark on its first North American outing since 2010, with all dates sold out along the three-week trek that starts April 15th in Vancouver. Faith No More will play The Tonight Show on May 13th, marking the Bay Area band’s first late night TV performance since 1995.

April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum #
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater #
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield ##
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield ###
April 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern *
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern **
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern * * *
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall +
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore +
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts +
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre +
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory +
May 29 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival More...

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Faith No More Posts New Song "Superhero"

Faith No More is streaming the brand new song "Superhero" off the upcoming new album "Sol Invictus" below. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

Explains Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum why the band decided to make its first new album since 1997: "We got really bored with what we were doing, and we also felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired and encouraged by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage with a lot of people watching over and over, it felt kind of cheap and easy and a little too safe of a place to be. That's not who we are."

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Faith No More Reveals New Album

It's finally happening - after nearly two decades, Faith No More will release new full-length album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, 2015.

This new album was tied with Slayer for "most anticipated of 2015" in our annual year-end awards. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

"What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Faith No More will also kick off a round of touring starting with Japan and Australia in February and then kicking off in North America in April (full dates available below).

Preceding the North American tour will be the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 41

Two months to the day since the last episode, the MetalUnderground.com podcast is back. This time, our regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined by longtime member, F.A.N. and veteran staff member Oliver Hynes (aka Diamond Oz/me) to discuss the MetalUnderground.com Best of 2014 Awards and whether or not they agree with the choices voted by staff members, as well as who they felt perhaps should have fared better.

The show also features Saboter as its unsigned band of the week, opening the show with the exciting thrash metal band's song, "Eye of Terror," before closing with their track, "Redemption."

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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