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Sol Invictus

Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #376 / 914
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2015 Ratings: #325
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May 19, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reclamation / Ipecac / Label / Website
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The Skinny
Passionate, hungry and still hearteningly uncompromising; this is the real thing.
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.
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.
‘Sol Invictus’ sounds like they’ve never been away.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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

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


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.

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.

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".

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.
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.

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.

Slant Magazine

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

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

Favorite - Separation Anxiety (4)

Everything else was ok
After over 15 years, Faith No More returned in 2015 with Sol Invcitus, and well I think it is decent but nothing truly stands out in Faith No More's recent record. Firstly, Mike Patton stills shows talent in his vocal even approaching 50 years old however for me his voice doesn't carry the same weight unlike it did back in the 90's, for me, it doesn't have the same passion and energy as it did back within Angel Dust or The Real Thing. The instrumentals although solid and get the job done ... read more
Did u know mike patton did the voiceovers for the screaming zombies in I Am Legend?!?
As always, Mike Patton displays range and extensive skill as a vocalist, though the content is utterly ridiculous and pointless. Patton's hook-writing is as impeccable as ever, but I am only left missing the days of Mr. Bungle when he actually had creative things to say. Rise of the Fall, Motherfucker, and Separation Anxiety area t least interesting listens. Patton cannot be accused of lack of weirdness, thats certain.
Not their greatest work - especially lyrically - but it's still an interesting listen. Songs like Motherfucker, Matador, and Separation Anxiety are some of the coolest they've ever made. Some of the songs get a little boring after a few listens, but there's nothing offensively bad on here.
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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
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Added on: February 10, 2015