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Kerrang! | March 28th 2015 | Issue 1561




IT'S BEEN 18 years since Faith No More released their last studio album. But now, with new record Sol Invictus in the bag, the band are finally ready to talk. Ahead of K!'s

exclusive feature with Mike Patton and co, we caught up with bassist Billy Gould and keyboardist Roddy Bottum to give us our first delicious taste of what the new album holds.

"What we've done with this album," explains Billy, “is create something new that conforms to the long-running chemistry that we have."

"We've always been a band that has tried not to repeat ourselves," he continues, “so it was a question of keeping our minds young enough to still be able to seek out new things and to explore in new directions."

Delivering an album that was almost two decades coming wasn't as daunting as you might think, though.

"We're not afraid to do things that are seen as being failures. We're not afraid to take chances. But what we didn't want to do is release a new album after all these years and have it suck! It was important to us to make an album that held up to the other albums, and I think Sol Invictus does that." In order to avoid a

disappointing return, the band have had complete control over the record from the start, with Billy taking on production duties himself, recording the album in the band's practice space in Oakland, California.

"It feels apt that the first track we released was Motherfucker - a song about accountability," Roddy enthuses.

"Basically we've created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we're releasing it on our own label, Reclamation."

It's a huge deal for us to only have ourselves to answer to at this point in our career," he concludes.

If Motherfucker and latest taste Superhero are anything to go by, the new record's well worthy of an 18 year wait. It's certainly sounding epic rather than, y'know, a midlife crisis. Sorry.

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