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  • Summary: The first release from the San Francisco alternative metal band led by Mike Patton in 18 years was produced by Billy Gould.
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  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Funk Metal
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Kerrang!
    May 6, 2015
    100
    This is not a time-weathered, diluted imitation of Faith No More. This, ladies and gents, is still "The Real Thing." [9 May 2015, p.52]
  2. May 19, 2015
    83
    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.
  3. Q Magazine
    May 6, 2015
    80
    This isn't just a new Faith No More record. It's one of their very best. [Jun 2015, p.113]
  4. May 26, 2015
    80
    Add curveballs such as From The Dead, a plangent alt. country anthem, and it all adds up to the logical follow-up to 1997’s Album Of The Year. It’s like they’ve never been away.
  5. May 12, 2015
    70
    Like their last record, Album of the Year, Sol Invictus is more concerned with playfully nudging at the boundaries of hard rock conventions rather than attempting a dizzy genre-spanning explosion to rival 1995’s King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime.
  6. May 19, 2015
    70
    This is a solid comeback album that succeeds on its own terms.
  7. May 21, 2015
    40
    We’re supposed to admire the fact that 30 years after their debut album, they haven’t moved an inch closer to definability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 24, 2015
    10
    A welcome return for Faith No More. Sol Invictus opens with an obligatory piano ballad, only to collapse into a barrage of intense andA welcome return for Faith No More. Sol Invictus opens with an obligatory piano ballad, only to collapse into a barrage of intense and flavoursome tracks that could even rival the likes of Angel Dust's best. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2016
    10
    In general I can't abide rock music there being a baby's handful of bands I like, top of the pile being FNM. Unlike the vast majority of rockIn general I can't abide rock music there being a baby's handful of bands I like, top of the pile being FNM. Unlike the vast majority of rock outfits from 1970 onwards they don't stay within their comfort zone regurgitating the same old **** for a paycheck. They don't resort to the tedious blues as a basis for their sound. The lyrics are often darkly humorous and they don't indulge themselves in yawn inducing solos where not needed. In Mike Patton they have arguably the most versatile singer in music. All these traits appear on SI and some. The songs are pithy, varied and don't outstay their welcome. Some reviewers bemoan the short length but just because a CD has 80 minutes of capacity there's no need to pad it out. Expand
  3. May 20, 2015
    9
    There seems to be a refined precision and maturity with this album. Sol Invictus is a brilliant album from a very influential band. I was aThere seems to be a refined precision and maturity with this album. Sol Invictus is a brilliant album from a very influential band. I was a little on the young side when their older albums were released so it's kind of cool to be able to have a new one now that I can force on my friends. Definitely high up on my list of favorites from 2015. Expand
  4. Sep 12, 2020
    8
    Just like any other FNM album, Sol Invictus sounds nothing like any of their albums. It is an enjoyable album and has awesome instrumentalsJust like any other FNM album, Sol Invictus sounds nothing like any of their albums. It is an enjoyable album and has awesome instrumentals that manage to sound aggressive, cute and melodic at the same time (listen to the tracks Superhero, Sunny Side Up and Matador). The only song i personally dislike is the last track "From the Dead" - it has pretty lyrics but the instrumental part feels a bit boring, considering the meaning of the song - their reunion. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2015
    8
    A great return from the Californian group, showing that time didn't consumed their strength nor their creativity. The songs are great and theyA great return from the Californian group, showing that time didn't consumed their strength nor their creativity. The songs are great and they blend elements from Angel Dust and new ones in the most natural way. Highlights include 'Black Friday', 'Sunny Side Up' and 'Superhero'. Expand
  6. May 27, 2015
    8
    Great album. Takes a little while to grow on you if you're not familiar with their previous records. Key tracks are Sunny Side Up, BlackGreat album. Takes a little while to grow on you if you're not familiar with their previous records. Key tracks are Sunny Side Up, Black Friday and **** Expand
  7. May 29, 2015
    4
    Firstly I'm a HUGE Faith No More fan. I still listen to their albums regulary, marvelling at the brilliance of their work, especially AngelFirstly I'm a HUGE Faith No More fan. I still listen to their albums regulary, marvelling at the brilliance of their work, especially Angel Dust.

    This is one of the very few albums that gets worse the more I listen to it. It goes along the same lines of many bands that have been around for ages...Metallica etc. The album is short and shallow. My hypothesis of shallow albums from bands that have done it all is: they (the band members) are all busy with families and life and just haven't got the time to put themselves 100% into their work anymore. Patton even admits this in an interview regarding the album.

    I really wanted to love this album but it is so short on depth and imagination that it just doesn't come up to par.

    This is not an album I will be reaching for in 20 years, yet most of FNM other albums I have been reaching for relentlessly over the last 20 years and beyond...sad but true :(
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