They may have come up with one of the greatest band names of all time, but for the various members of Faith No More this choice constitutes one of the few things done right in a more than thirty years of wilful provocation. Biting the hand that feeds it? FNM have on several occasions seemed hell bent on cutting it off.
Ten thousand words could barely summarise the LA quintet's chaotic journey (A relatively concise summary of their earlier years is on the internet, reproduced from an old issue of Classic Rock) but we have only 500-ish. Luckily the history of We Care A Lot is pretty illustrative of their crazed dynamic - how many other 6 million album selling groups would let their début be out of print for more than 20 years? Precisely.
FNM are at least temporarily now a going concern again, having released the well-received Sol Invictus on singer Mike Patton's own label last year. The decision to dust off We Care A Lot however was partly fuelled by the accidental rediscovery of the original masters by bass player Bill Gould, whilst in a markedly "Normal" approach to this sort of thing this deluxe edition also expands the running order using remixes, demo versions and live takes.
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Ben Walton picks out ten of his favourite albums of 2015
10. Metz - II
Toronto's Metz returned with their obviously titled second outing this year, offering up a relentless 30 minute blitzkrieg of feedback riddled guitars and pounding drums. They didn't make any huge changes to their usual formula, but II adds some impressive new tunes to the bands back catalogue, including the unhinged opener Acetate, the aggressive dirge of Spit You Out and the blistering I.O.U. Metz are an incredible force and are fast cementing themselves as, if not the best guitar band on the planet right now, then certainly the noisiest.
9. Ringo Deathstarr - Pure Mood
For a few years now, Ringo Deathstarr have plied their trade as a solid, if fairly unremarkable shoegaze act, but on Pure Mood - their third album in four years - their time spent touring with The Smashing Pumpkins has rubbed off, and the grunge dial has been turned all the way around to 10. There's big riffs aplenty splashed all over Heavy Metal Suicide and guitar histrionics in Guilt. This album is a huge step forward for Ringo Deathstarr.
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Here's a preview of what to expect from Download 2015.
Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum.
Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend.
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The band will hit Glasgow and London this June.
The announcement of Faith No More playing Download Festival 2015 was an exciting one, but for those who won't be hitting Donington Park this Summer, you'll still get the chance to catch the rockers performing straight after with newly announced headline dates.
Faith No More hit the UK in June
The Californian five-piece are set to hit Glasgow's Academy and London's Roundhouse on June 14th and June 17th 2015 respectively, immediately following their Saturday appearance at Download - an event which will be headlined by Muse, Slipknot and Kiss. While the band are currently in North America preparing for their sold-out Spring tour, the Summer will also see a Europe-wide string of further festival dates including Milan's Sonisphere, Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands and France's Hellfest. They will return to North America for the latter half of the Summer.
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The band also release their second single 'Superhero'.
Faith No More will finally hit the road in North America again five years since their last US tour stint in 2010. They'll be celebrating the release of their new song 'Superhero', which arrives following their comeback single 'Motherf**ker'.
Faith No More are hitting the road again
The California rockers returned last year with their first single since 1998's 'I Started a Joke', which featured on their Platinum compilation album 'Who Cares a Lot?', entitled 'Motherf**ker' for Record Store Day's Black Friday and now they are set to unveil a brand new single, 'Superhero', as they gear up to release their currently untitled next album. The album will mark the follow-up to their Australian number one 'Album of the Year', released in 1997, and will be released on Reclamation Recordings.
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