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San Francisco, California, USA (1979 – 1998, 2009 – present)

Faith No More is an group that formed in San Francisco, California, USA in 1979. Their music combines elements of various different genres, including heavy metal, funk, hardcore punk, progressive, electronica, soul, gospel, film scores, soft rock, R&B, hip hop and jazz, among many others.

Faith No More formed in 1979 under the name Sharp Young Men, and later Faith No Man. This early incarnation of the band was fronted Mike “The Man” Morris. Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin, and Billy Gould decided they wanted rid of him, and rather than firing him, all three quit. They changed their name to Faith No More at the suggestion of a friend (as “The Man” was no more). After cycling through a few guitarists, the members recruited Jim Martin. A number of singers passed through, including a brief stint by Courtney Love. Chuck Mosley became the full time singer and appeared on their first two records. Their best known song from this era is probably “We Care a Lot”, which satirized the prevalence of charity-related rock efforts such as Live Aid and “We Are the World”.

The band gained a reputation for infighting and friction that sometimes went way beyond the limits of “creative differences.” In a notorious interview in 1987, Mosley claimed that Martin had hit him with a bottle, and there were frequent rumours of physical confrontations between band members. Indeed, in a short history of the band in one issue, the British music newspaper Melody Maker observed that the band’s internal relationships had descended into “pathological hatred”. Bordin in particular seemed to be very much the “whipping boy” of the band and the butt of numerous cruel pranks and practical jokes.

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  • Kamalus

    Sol Invictus definitely proves that the long hiatus was a good idea.. The band is mature, confident and delivers a really solid album, much more coherent than Album of the Year.. Faith No More also keeps challenging other bands by offering a really different album in each of their releases.. The greatest band still in activity in 2015 ? Faith No More without a doubt..

    Yesterday 8:51pm Reply
  • rocky0

    This album is addictive!

    Yesterday 6:59pm Reply
  • madboy

    Sol Invictus <3

    Yesterday 5:32pm Reply
  • luc-popo95

    SEE YOU IN SÃO PAULO GUYS!! CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE

    Yesterday 1:50pm Reply
  • dane_chaos1

    Sol Invictus is such a welcome return from FNM!

    Yesterday 8:58am Reply
  • LastFlowers

    Sol Invictus is great. Cone of Shame is a beast.

    23 Apr 10:55pm Reply
  • TheShynola

    Sol Invictus is reviewed on http://theonlymusicpodcast.com/episode-4-the-death-of-rock/

    22 Apr 7:47pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    The album is literally prefect. [2]

    20 Apr 5:45pm Reply
  • mrbonzoorubber2

    i love the new record at first I hated but I found myself belting out some of the new tunes at work so I went home at gave it another and another and another listen

    19 Apr 9:06pm Reply
  • M16A4

    Whoa, Sol Invictus is awesome.. I mean motherfucking awesome, of course!

    19 Apr 12:52pm Reply
  • Tomaszekk

    I will never understand these sentiments towards Jim Martin and his heavy metal riffs. It's been like million years ago.... If they do a record with heavy riffs and cheesy 80's orchestral keyboards (that I honestly love on Angel Dust and The Real Thing) it would be just wrong. The band went it's on way. That album is perfect summary of what happened through all these years. There's lots of Pattons own ambitious outcome and it still sounds like FNM at it's best. The album is literally prefect. No flaws at all, to be honest.

    19 Apr 1:29am Reply
  • Flynner11

    New album is unbelievably good. Like they were never away.

    18 Apr 11:37pm Reply
  • Dustspell

    They did not loose their sound...

    18 Apr 3:53pm Reply
  • Pk_Henry

    New albums gives me a Boner. [2]

    17 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • _Fly

    Sol Invictus is very mature album. Can't really compare it to previous releases. But its good and it grows on you. Excellent work, Mike, Billy, Roddy, Jon and Mike!

    17 Apr 11:08am Reply
  • everydayrobots

    I'M LOVING SOL INVICTUS SO MUCH.

    17 Apr 3:41am Reply
  • Ivansxm

    New albums gives me a Boner

    17 Apr 1:33am Reply
  • myglassprison_

    NEW ALBUM IS FANTASTIC.

    17 Apr 1:25am Reply
  • Tomaszekk

    this album is full of fantastic surprises and it's gonna be its biggest advantage, like always with FNM. So far so good.

    16 Apr 11:59pm Reply
  • Chumsicles

    Overall I thought it was much better than Album of the Year. Not sure about any of the other ones though.....I wish they had used a more heavy guitar tone like Jim Martin used to do

    16 Apr 11:40pm Reply
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