Faith No More seemed to be on the ropes the last time we heard from them in
1995. They had just released the uneven King for a Day, Fool For a
Lifetime, their first album following the departure of guitarist Jim Martin
and the result was some fairly uninspired metallic playing by fill-in guitarist
Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle).
Now Faith No More is back again, with another
new guitarist, a friend of the band named John Hudson, and an album
optimistically titled Album of the Year (due June 3).
effort was recorded at bass player Billy Gould's home studio in San Francisco
over the past few months, and according to a source, "It's not a departure in
any way from the Faith No More sound. It's what you wanted to expect from FNM
in the Angel Dust period after The Real Thing." Our source was,
of course, referring to the 1989 album that brought the band their greatest
success due to the anthemic hit "Epic."
"Surprisingly awesome" is how our
source describes the album; we've heard a portion of it and that description
seems justified. The album marks a return to the heavy guitar and funky bass
sound that was the band's trademark in their salad days.
band, who are rarely on the same continent, not to mention in the same city
together, are currently scattered about, with singer Mike Patton resting at his
home in Italy, keyboardist Roddy Bottum in the Bay Area, still very busy with
his other band, Imperial Teen, and Billy Gould traveling in Russia. They plan
to re-group in May for a string of 10 European shows. That short hop will be
followed by a U.S. tour in July and August.
The first single will most
likely be "Last Cup of Sorrow," and the rest of the tracks that will appear on
the album are: "Collision," "Stripsearch," "Naked in Front of the Computer,"
"Helpless," "Mouth to Mouth," "Ashes to Ashes," "She Loves me Not," "Got That
Feeling," "Path of Glory," "Home Sick Home," "Pristina," "The Big Kahuna" and
"Light Up and Let Go."