Sol Invictus

Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2015 Ratings: #387 / 978
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2015 Ratings: #372
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
Passionate, hungry and still hearteningly uncompromising; this is the real thing.
83
Paste
Fact or fiction, right or wrong, comedy or tragedy, it’s a cavalcade of art-metal yin and yang that’s as impressively irreverent as anything they put out 20 years ago.
83
A.V. Club
It’s the rare, rare reunion album that’s shoulder to shoulder with what came before it, standing on the band’s solid catalog instead of trying and failing to start the climb anew.
80
NME
‘Sol Invictus’ sounds like they’ve never been away.
80
Exclaim!

Sol Invictus isn't perfect, and it's not their best work, but Faith No More creaking with a little rust and blinking cobwebs is still a glorious thing.

80
FasterLouder

The expectation was there for a good return to form from a band that always followed their muse no matter how much it threatened to derail their commercial potential. The reality is they’ve far exceeded that with Sol Invictus, an album that in its finest moments matches the best of their golden years.

80
AllMusic

Sol Invictus is their best and most compelling work since Angel Dust, and the rare reunion album that truly adds to the strength of the group's legacy rather than diluting it.

80
God Is in the TV
Faith No More are still creating their own roads after all these years.
75
Consequence of Sound

Faith No More had nothing to lose by staying on history’s sidelines, for once, but Sol Invictus proves that they belong back in the game.

70
Drowned in Sound
Despite the length of their hiatus, they still have great chemistry and the quality of this return effort is remarkably high.
70
musicOMH

Sol Invictus is not a bad return, but it’s not the greatest thing Faith No More has ever done.

70
PopMatters

Sol Invictus probably isn’t going to top Angel Dust or The Real Thing on most fans’ lists of favorite Faith No More albums, but it’s a step up from Album of the Year and holds its own with the strong but slightly bloated King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime record.

70
Rolling Stone

Sol Invictus, the band's first record since 1997's underrated Album of the Year, offers newer, better versions of Faith No More's formula.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Sol Invictus was always going to disappoint on some level. No, it isn't the masterpiece so many dreamed it would be but, then again, it does what Bill Gould promised it would - it "kicks things up a notch".

60
Pitchfork
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with a band repeating itself. But because Faith No More have such a long history, and their members are responsible for music in a staggering array of styles, it's hard not to expect more, to wish that they might in some way top themselves, or at least change direction.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

It doesn’t offer any major stylistic advance over Album of the Year, admittedly, but its 10 songs are constructed with an incomparable craft and creativity that few bands in rock and metal can reproduce.

60
The Guardian

Sol Invictus is not quite Faith No More at their eccentric peak, but Matador, Sunny Side Up and From the Dead see them get close. A welcome return from the band that refuse to be bland.

60
Crack Magazine

On Sol Invictus – their first album in 18 years – Mike Patton’s tongue remains firmly in his cheek.

60
The Needle Drop
Cali alternative metal band Faith No More drops a comeback record.
50
Slant Magazine

Absent the lightning-in-a-bottle voltage of their heyday, Faith No More's Sol Invictus is shockingly no more than adequate.

40
Spin
Faith No More’s first album in 18 years doesn’t especially provoke, offend, entrance, seduce, annoy. No skull-searing riffs, no particularly snaring turns of phrase, certainly no hooks — who do you think they are, Jane’s Addiction?
Stal
76

Mike Patton: #43

Wait. Is it really happening? Am I finally gonna be set free! Over these 43 albums I have grown a tremendous amount in my music taste. I'd say Mike Patton is someone who will continue to influence my taste in music for the rest of my life, I love the man. While I am so glad to finally be done with this I am sad to finally let go of this series. I atleast can hold on to the fact I'll probably have to revisit it atleast once a year with how busy the guy is, Patton never ... read more

La_petite_mort
49

Hay veces que no hace falta volver a intentarlo. Esta es una de esas veces.

82

I really did not like this for a Faith No More album, it was just meh.

Favorite - Separation Anxiety (4)

Everything else was ok

Esckilsen
45

Man I see what they were going for but.. man

Rumple
55

It's ok I guess but Patton has definitely moved on with his sound beyond rock and metal. I wish he realized that for his new Bungle album.

Stal
76

Mike Patton: #43

Wait. Is it really happening? Am I finally gonna be set free! Over these 43 albums I have grown a tremendous amount in my music taste. I'd say Mike Patton is someone who will continue to influence my taste in music for the rest of my life, I love the man. While I am so glad to finally be done with this I am sad to finally let go of this series. I atleast can hold on to the fact I'll probably have to revisit it atleast once a year with how busy the guy is, Patton never ... read more

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Track List

  1. Sol Invictus
  2. Superhero
  3. Sunny Side Up
  4. Separation Anxiety
  5. Cone of Shame
  6. Rise of the Fall
  7. Black Friday
  8. Motherfucker 
  9. Matador
  10. From the Dead

Year End Lists

#6/Revolver
#11/The Skinny
#25/musicOMH
#28/Diffuser
#31/FasterLouder
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Added on: February 10, 2015