Mike Patton is like the god of vocals. Seriously, he has one of the widest ranges in all of music. I can't recall the exact measure, but I think he was around 6 and half octaves, which is one of the highest ever. Absolutely love him, in FNM especially
I still prefer the Patton era overall, but I think the Chuck stuff is really underrated and I like it more than some of the Patton stuff in fact. The hazy production sounds really cool imo; paired with the keyboards it gives me a goth vibe. Chuck isn't the best singer, granted, but people should still give the albums they did with him more of a chance.
I also fancied the production style of FNM's albums, at least the earlier ones. WCAL sounds like a cool and heavy mixture of heavy metal and new wave (synth) music. The same goes for Introduce Yourself. Angel Dust has that dark and sinister atmosphere while The Real Thing is my favorite with its metallic guitar and funky bass tones.
Today is the 27th anniversary of The Real Thing. The legacy of the album is still as strong and the album still sounds fresh. The very first album I listened and bought by FNM 5 years ago and I still love every second from it. Without this album I'd probably end up being an elitist.
All FNM fans! Check out this great finnish band called Red Eleven. They have "some" FNM influences in their stuff. And no, I'm not in the band nor I even know them. I just think they deserve more attention. 2 their last albums kicks serious ass! :)
The Real Thing and Angel Dust are the two most important albums of my 25-year-long lifetime. They really opened up my mind from a conservative metalhead to an overall music fan, and for that I'll forever owe FNM my gratitude. Amazing albums, amazing band, but most of all some truly amazing times they brought me.