Sol Invictus (album)

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Sol Invictus
Faith No More - Sol Invictus Album Cover.png
Studio album by Faith No More
Released May 19, 2015
Recorded 2014 in Estudios Koolarrow, Vulcan Studios in Oakland, California
Length 39:30
Producer Billy Gould
Faith No More chronology
Album of the Year
(1997)Album of the Year1997
Sol Invictus
Singles from Sol Invictus
  1. "Motherfucker"
    Released: November 28, 2014
  2. "Superhero"
    Released: March 23, 2015
  3. "Sunny Side Up"
    Released: 2015
  4. "Cone of Shame"
    Released: 2016

Sol Invictus (Latin for Unconquered Sun) is the seventh studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on May 19, 2015.[4][5] It is Faith No More's first studio album since 1997's Album of the Year, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career, and their first release on Reclamation Records. Sol Invictus is also the band's first album since 1992's Angel Dust to feature the same lineup as its predecessor.

The album marks the group's fifth collaboration with longtime producer Matt Wallace, this time helping with the final mix rather than a more substantial producing role.[6]


On February 24, 2009 after months of speculation and rumors, Faith No More announced they would be reforming with a line-up identical to the Album of the Year era,[7] embarking on a reunion tour called The Second Coming Tour. To coincide with the band's reunion tour, Rhino released the sixth Faith No More compilation, The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection, a double album that includes their hit singles and b sides & rarities, in the UK on June 8.[8] Faith No More then played in major European festivals including, Download Festival in the UK in June, Hurricane and Southside festivals in Germany,[9] Greenfield Festival in Switzerland,[10] Hove Festival in Norway and Roskilde Festival in Denmark,[11] among other dates. The tour continued into 2010 with appearances at the Soundwave Festival in Australian cities throughout February and March.[12] During their tour, the band added covers to their repertoire including "Switch" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.[13]

After an eleven-month hiatus, Faith No More played four shows in South America in November 2011. On the first date (November 8, 2011), the band played a "mystery song" - later confirmed as "Matador" - which led to speculation of new material.[14] They played Sonisphere France on July 7, 2012.[15]

In a January 2013 interview, Mike Patton suggested that the band would not remain active beyond the reunion tour, stating that "it's sort of petered out" and the band was "maybe a little too conscious for [their] own good."[16] In July 2013 Billy Gould hinted the band may record new material in the future, saying "We will do something again only when all members are with the focus on that, and ready for the challenge. This is not the time... yet."[17] On May 29, 2014, Faith No More posted a message (along with a photograph of Mike Patton) on their Twitter account, saying that "the reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative." On July 4, Faith No More played their first show in two years at Hyde Park in London, supporting Black Sabbath.[18] At that show, Faith No More debuted two new songs "Motherfucker" and "Superhero" (also known by fans as "Leader of Men").[19][20] On August 20, the band posted "The Reunion Tour is over; in 2015 things are going to change." These tweets led to speculation that the band was working on new material.[21][22] On August 30, Gould said that the band was "considering doing something new", and might begin work on a new studio album at some point in the not-too-distant future, explaining, "to do something creative would be a really good thing to do."[23] On September 2, Bill Gould revealed to Rolling Stone that Faith No More had begun work on a new album.[24][25] On February 10, 2015 the band announced the title of their new album, Sol Invictus, and was set to be released on May 19, 2015.[26]


"Motherfucker" was the first single to be released from Sol Invictus. It was released on November 28, 2014 exclusively on 7" vinyl to coincide with Record Store Day's Black Friday. It was later released digitally on December 5, 2014. The "Superhero" single was initially scheduled to be released on March 17, 2015 on 7" vinyl, but was delayed to March 23 after the pressing plants suffered from adverse weather effects.[27] A free preview of the song was made available March 1, 2015 through several media outlets, including,[28] YouTube via Ipecac Recordings, and on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show. "Superhero" was also able to be purchased from iTunes later that day. BBC Radio 6 Music confirmed that "Sunny Side Up" will be the next single.

Music videos were made for "Sunny Side Up" and "Separation Anxiety" during 2015. The "Sunny Side Up" video, directed by Joe Lynch, is set in a nursing home,[29] while "Separation Anxiety" uses footage from the 1955 horror film Dementia.[30] On September 19, 2016, Faith No More released a preview for a music video for "Cone of Shame" that was written & directed by Goce Cvetanovski.[31]


On Sol Invictus, the band drops the slap bass and rap techniques of prior releases, instead utilizing middle-range vocals.[32] Musically, the album continues the band's tradition of experimenting in various genres, including post-punk,[33] heavy metal, ska, and even dirges.[32]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[35]
Consequence of SoundB[36]
NME8/10 stars[37]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[40]

Sol Invictus received a positive reception from professional critics. Aggregate review website Metacritic assigned a "generally favorable" score of 79 out of 100 based on reviews from 25 critics.[34] The album sold over 200,000 copies in its first two months of release according to the United World Charts. The album was included at number 5 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list.[41] Rolling Stone ranked it second on their list of the 20 best metal albums of 2015.[42] In June 2015, the album won a Metal Hammer Golden God Award for Best Album.[43]

Track listing[edit]

1."Sol Invictus"Billy Gould, Mike Patton2:37
2."Superhero"Mike Bordin, Jon Hudson, Patton5:15
3."Sunny Side Up"Gould, Patton2:59
4."Separation Anxiety"Bordin, Gould, Patton3:44
5."Cone of Shame"Gould, Patton4:40
6."Rise of the Fall"Roddy Bottum, Gould, Patton4:09
7."Black Friday"Bordin, Gould, Patton3:19
8."Motherfucker"Bottum, Patton3:33
9."Matador"Gould, Patton6:09
10."From the Dead"Gould, Patton3:06
Total length:39:30



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[45] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[46] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[47] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[48] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[49] 7
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[50] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[51] 4
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[52] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[53] 20
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[54] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[55] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[56] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[57] 6
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[58] 1
US Billboard 200[59] 15

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[60] 80


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