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Sol Invictus: Faith No More Announce Release Date for First Album in Nineteen Years!!!

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Photo by Dustin Rabin
Photo by Dustin Rabin

I usually find album release and title announcements that aren’t accompanied by new music or, at least, new album art to be really boring. But the release of the first new Faith No More album in almost twenty years is in no way, shape, or form, usual.

Here’s the best press release I’ll get this week:

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2015 – Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s highly anticipated follow-up to Album of the Year, arrives on May 19 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.

“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. “

Sol Invictus was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio. 

According to Wikipedia, “Sol Invictus (‘Unconquered Sun’) was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers.” Seems like a fitting follow-up to Album of the Year, doesn’t it? Faith No More were the shit in 1997, but the passage of time has made them worthy of a hagiography. They are sun gods, indeed.

In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited about this album.

Faith No More’s new single, “Superhero,” will be released as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31! The band tours North America in the spring. Get dates here.

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