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Faith No More

With their fusion of heavy metal, funk, hip-hop, and progressive rock, Faith No More has earned a substantial cultfollowing.By the time they recorded their first album in 1985, the band had already had a string of lead vocalists, includingCourtneyLove; their debut, We Care a Lot, featured Chuck Mosley's abrasive vocals but was driven by Jim Martin's metallicguitar.Faith No More's next album, 1987's Introduce Yourself, was a more cohesive and impressive effort; for the first time,the rapand metal elements didn't sound like they were fighting each other.

In 1988, the rest of t ...read more

With their fusion of heavy metal, funk, hip-hop, and progressive rock, Faith No More has earned a substantial cultfollowing.By the time they recorded their first album in 1985, the band had already had a string of lead vocalists, includingCourtneyLove; their debut, We Care a Lot, featured Chuck Mosley's abrasive vocals but was driven by Jim Martin's metallicguitar.Faith No More's next album, 1987's Introduce Yourself, was a more cohesive and impressive effort; for the first time,the rapand metal elements didn't sound like they were fighting each other.

In 1988, the rest of the band fired Mosley; he was replaced by Bay Area vocalist Mike Patton during the recording oftheirnext album, The Real Thing. Patton was a more accomplished vocalist, able to change effortlessly between rappingandsinging, as well as adding a considerably more bizarre slant to the lyrics. Besides adding a new vocalist, the bandhadtightened its attack and the result was the genre-bending hit single "Epic," which established them as a major hard rockact.

Following up the hit wasn't as easy, however. Faith No More followed their breakthrough success with 1992's Angel Dust,oneof the more complex and simply confounding records ever released by a major label. Although it sold respectably, itdidn'thave the crossover potential of the first album. When the band toured in support of the album, tensions between thebandand Martin began to escalate; rumors that his guitar was stripped from some of the final mixes of Angel Dust begantocirculate. As the band was recording its fifth album in early 1994, it was confirmed that Martin had been fired from theband.

Faith No More recorded King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime with Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance. During tour preparationshewas replaced by Dean Mentia. Mentia only lasted for the length of the King for a Day tour and was replaced by Jon Hudsonfor1997's Album of the Year. Upon the conclusion of the album's supporting tour, Faith No More announced they weredisbandingin April 1998. Patton, who had previously fronted Mr. Bungle and had avant-garde projects with John Zorn, formeda new bandnamed Fantômas with Melvins guitarist Buzz Osbourne, Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn, and former Slayerdrummer DaveLombardo. Roddy Bottum continued with his band Imperial Teen, who released their first album, Seasick, in1996. Aposthumous Faith No More retrospective, Who Cares a Lot, appeared in late 1998.In 2009, after eleven years of dissolution,Faith No More toured Europe without Jim Martin but with Patton as vocalist. A U.S.tour followed a year later. « hide

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LPs
Album of the Year
1997

3.6
660 Votes
King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
1995

4
905 Votes
Angel Dust
1992

4.4
1,761 Votes
The Real Thing
1989

4.1
1,210 Votes
Introduce Yourself
1987

3.2
339 Votes
We Care a Lot
1985

2.8
248 Votes
EPs
Songs to Make Love To
1993

3.5
49 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the Brixton Academy
1991

3.6
103 Votes
Compilations
Original Album Series [Box set]
2011

4.5
14 Votes
Midlife Crisis: The Very Best Of
2010

4.1
10 Votes
The Very Best
2009

3.9
32 Votes
This Is It: The Best of Faith No More
2003

3.8
89 Votes
Who Cares a Lot?
1998

3.9
74 Votes

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