Faith No More Writing New Material

Faith No More reunited in 2009 but have been pretty quiet over the last couple of years, but it appears that the band are finally starting work on the followup to 1997’s Album of the Year. See frontman Mike Patton’s tweet below:

  • Madrigal

    Finally! Angel Dust is easily the best album of the 90s.

    • Drexl

      I really can’t argue against that. It’s one of my all time favorites (probably top 5).

      • sonic_junkie

        Absolutely. It’s a masterpiece. Forget just the 90s, it’s one of the best albums of the past 25 years or so. Yes, I just said that.

        • Drexl

          Lanegan’s Whiskey for the Holy Ghost and Angel Dust are my favorite albums of the ’90s.

  • Travis

    Wow! Finally! Probably the one band that could deliver a A+ reunion album, besides for AiC.

  • GSUSHC

    About bloody time!

  • Corndog

    No Jim Martin, no interest. FNM without him just doesn’t sound right to me. He was a massive part of what made FNM sound like, well, FNM….they kinda suck without him.

    • Madrigal

      They kicked him out because he sucked. Angel Dust was made without his riffs, Billy Gould wrote half of his guitar parts. He was also a pain in the ass.

      • Corndog

        If he was good enough for Bill and Ted…..:)

      • Corndog

        I honestly don’t know much about the behind the scenes goings on, but you intrigued me so I googled it. Again, I don’t know what did or didn’t go on but I read an interview with him where he basically touched on what you have said but flat out disputes it. He said he wrote plenty of material from the album and was heavily involved in the production, although he did concede he was unhappy with the direction the band was taking. He said a lot of what was reported simply wasn’t true. Either way, I think it’s a little unfair to say he sucks. The guy was (is?) A great guitarist.

        • sonic_junkie

          He definitely does not suck. Anyone who isn’t deaf can hear that. He had to leave the band because he wasn’t open to experimentation. He was holding the band back.

        • Madrigal

          Billy responded to that interview (which was done by fnmblog):

          “No, this is not accurate. I had thought that after 20+
          years we would have moved on from this, and the last thing I want to do get into a point by point debate, but for the record, I wrote guitar parts for the following songs:

          Caffeine
          Land of Sunshine
          A Small Victory
          Kindergarten
          Everything’s Ruined (obviously not the solos)
          Smaller and Smaller
          and I gave direction on Be Aggressive (I wrote the song. not the solos). AND, some may call it fluff, but I wrote/played the ebow part in “Midlife Crisis.””

          Source: http://www.mxdwn.com/2012/11/14/news/faith-no-mores-bill-gould-responds-to-former-guitarist-jim-martins-songwriting-claims/

          • Corndog

            Well, i wasn’t there so i can’t say for sure which of their stories is accurate, but as i said, either way i don’t think that it is fair to say that he sucks. Do you actually think that Jim Martin is a bad guitarist or are you just showing solidarity with the rest of the group?

          • Madrigal

            I don’t think he fits FNM, even though I liked what he did on the first two albums with Chuck. People praise him for The Real Thing sound, but I don’t really think that was impressive (except for Woodpecker from Mars, which is an amazing instrumental).

            My problem with Jim was his shitty performances on the Angel Dust your, where he made it clear his dislike for the new sound and was always looking like an asshole on stage. Sometimes he would just fuck up to show how much of an asshole one can be.

        • Rick

          If you haven’t watched this, you should check it out. Definitely gives a lot of insight into the recording process and their dynamic as a band, though a lot of it is just goofing for the camera:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhdPYQgukr8

          • Corndog

            Hey thanks man! I’m at work at the minute, but I’ll take a look at that later when i get home. Cheers:)

    • Andrew

      So basically you just want another ‘Real Thing’ album…

      • Madrigal

        That’s what comes to mind when I read about Jim. His last contribution (besides Jizzlobber on Angel Dust) was on The Real Thing, and that’s by far their worst album. King for a Day was great, would love to see Spruance colaborating again.

        • Corndog

          I respectfully disagree. Personally I thought King For A Day was god awful. Its not even in the same league as The Real Thing. That’s one of the great things about music though; it’s all subjective.

          • Drexl

            I love The Real Thing and like King for a Day. In my opinion Album of the Year is their worst, but a lot of those songs kick the shit out of anything you’ll find on the radio. Really, all four albums with Mike are worth listening to, Angel Dust being the best by far.

          • Corndog

            To be honest, I disliked King For A Day so much that I’ve never bothered with Album Of The Year.

          • Drexl

            Fair point.I just think Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Evidence, Take This Bottle, Just A Man, the title track and Last to Know are all great songs. As far as Album of the Year goes, Ashes to Ashes, Last Cup of Sorrow, Stripsearch and Paths of Glory are all fantastic. I went back and listened to Album of the Year not too long ago and found that it sounds a lot better than I remembered it being.

          • http://smellslikeinfinitesadness.com/ Michael Taylor

            FNM are the rare band that never made a bad album. Angel Dust is definitely their masterpiece, but I think King For A Day is badass and all the rest too. I would love to see Martin return to the band, but FNM were mainly about Patton’s voice and the rhythm section, which is why they accommodated so many different guitarists while maintaining their sound.

      • Corndog

        Not necessarily, but I could live with that. It was a damn good album after all.

  • geezum

    Great news!

  • Skull Grither

    Station!!!

  • Bill Austeh

    Great news as this band brings the super crazy leader of destruction , , madness and an army of sounds……,,,that no band can produce!