The Real Thing is the third studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on June 20, 1989 by Slash and Reprise Records. It was the first album by the band not to feature vocalist Chuck Mosley, instead, the album featured Mike Patton from the experimental/funk band Mr. Bungle. On this album, Faith No More continued to advance their sound range, combining thrash metal, funk, hip hop, rap metal, progressive rock, synthpop, carousel music and hard rock, along with what has been described as "a black sense of humor".Wikipedia
I may have tainted my listen a little by learning of Faith No More's relationship to the Chili Peppers as I began to play it. As I recently discovered, I'm one of the people who can't stand the latter band, and so as The Real Thing played I kept coming back to the idea "RHCP but good". At least, better. I'm still not a huge fan. The reasons for that seem pretty small, but they're consistent across the record. First, the electronic sounds come across as incredibly dated, and not in an endearing way. Come to think of it, I'm not sure that I've ever liked old synths on a rock record. The above point is also assuming that the strings are synth strings; They sure sound like it. Second, I'm not a fan of Patton's vocals. Besides those things, though, there's a high-energy blend of styles played pretty well. Not well enough to get over my objections on first listen, but my impression has already moved from the very low bar of the Chili Peppers to better-than-middling.
Wait, you're telling me that Epic is the band's most popular song when it's the biggest dud on this album? I... I don't get it. The rest of the album bangs hard, but Epic completely kills off the early momentum. You slot it into spot four or five on the album, then maybe it works, but it's not a track two. No way. Five stars despite this ludicrous oversight.
Wow, this came out in 1989? Obviously a huge influence for nu-metal bands of the '00s like Disturbed, Godsmack, Korn, etc. Man, just seeing names like Atreyu and Ill Nino on the wikipedia is throwing me way back. For what they're doing, this sounds good. But it's not a type of music that I enjoy at album's length. Alex was always more of the nu-metal, headbanger guy when we were younger. I like the hits, but metal is the one genre that I have a hard time connecting with. I did like the "War Pigs" cover, that's the second Black Sabbath cover we've had on an album so far. Really looking forward to the day Paranoid actually shows up on this list. Favorite tracks: War Pigs, Epic, Woodpecker from Mars. Album art: I do dig this cover. What are we looking at, is that a bottlecap on fire? No, it can't be, it looks like milk. The text at the top is great, very bold. Also there's a vinyl cover shown on wikipedia that's an expanded, even cooler version of this. 2.5/5
An absolute masterpiece
I love this album. I loved it in 1990 and I love it now.
Hatte ich davor sehr lange nicht gehört, und eigentlich sogar vergessen, wie faszinierend ich die damals fand. Mit Faith No More hab ich abseits von stumpfem Pogo die ersten Tanzversuche auf dem Indie-Disco-Dancefloor gemacht. Crossover war der Shit und plötzlich lag Funk im Metal. Mike Patton war dieser interessante Freak der angeblich auf der Bühne Pisse aus seinem eigenen Schuh trank (ich war nicht selbst dabei), der nett aussehende Billy Gould hatte nebenbei ne mexikanische Deathmetalband mit Fotos von abgetrennten Köpfen auf dem Cover, und Jim Martin hab ich überhaupt nicht verstanden. Und das war ja nur ein Einstieg in diese ganze faszinierende Welt. Ähnlich wie bei Blur neulich, aber ganz anders: plötzlich bekam man einen Eindruck, was alles möglich war. Und ein bisschen fühlte man sich eingeladen. Abgesehen von biographischem aber auch: super Platte. Metal, Pop, Funk, Freakshow und (hab ich aber erst jetzt gemerkt) Black Sabbath-Cover: alles da. Produktion bisschen dated und Cover-Artwork so schlimm dass man auch darüber schon fast wieder nostalgisch werden möchte. Ich geb da mal voll verdiente 4,5.
Die Sucht Teil 2. Noch vor Pearl Jam waren Faith No More mein Heroin. Ich konnte nicht genug kriegen, Japan Importe bereits bekannter Singles mussten her für den Kick was neues zu bekommen, ein frisches High, auch wenn die B-Seiten oft etwas schräg Zappa‘haftes hatten, wie bei dem herrlich bekloppten fake German äh Polka-Song „Das Schutzenfest“. Da sitzen Monty Python am Nebentisch in Bavaria, ja in Bavaria. Aber zurück zum wahren Ding, diesem immens kraftvollen, leicht am Rande des Wahnsinns trippelnden, elegischen Beleg einer wild schäumenden Kreativität. Woher kam nach zwei wenig aufregenden Alben diese Flut an Idee und Ekkletizismus Wut? Zum Großteil lag es an Mike Patton (you’re right, Guido). Wenn du ihn im Team hast, wird’s jedenfalls kein langweiliges Game. Die Verausgabung findet nicht nur zur Show, nicht nur auf der Bühne statt. Neben dem Touren hatte der Besessene genug Stoff für Nebenprojekte u.a. Mister Bungle - deren wichtigste Alben fallen mit der entsprechenden Entwicklung der Hauptband zusammen. Aus der Real Thing Phase geht bspw. das irre Crazy Clown-hafte Debut hervor und musste unbedingt zu den Importen und bootlegs dazu. Der virile Mike hatte ja so viel zu geben und ich war seine willige Bitch. Wie sehr hab ich ihn geliebt & nachgeeifert; das heutige HartzIV Abzeichen Augenbrauen Piercing hab ich mir damals nur wegen ihm zugelegt. *Seufz Auch später als unsere Beziehung etwas erwachsener wurde, habe ich nach Bands gesucht, die in etwa an die FNM DNA zu kommen vermochten. Alles Sackgassen, aber das Abklappern erweiterte die Ortskenntnis und so kann ich wohl diese erst ab „Angel Dust“ so richtig wahrgenommene Gang als Kompass bezeichnen. Zielgerichtete 4.7
Absolutely the best album of Faith No More and one of the best albums ever in my life.
3.3 - the image of the flopping fish from the “Epic” music video was seared into my 12 year old memory and it’s a song I’ve loved since. Finally having listening to this album, I’m not surprised that the supporting album to that single is a little thin on substance. Don’t get me wrong, the band and lead vocalist are oozing with skill and talent. When everything comes together, they sound like a more synth-driven metal rap rock version of early RHCP. But there are a few misfires with “Underwater Love” and “The Morning After” that sound especially sophomoric, as well as a forgettable “War Pigs” cover.
Can one judge a band for spawning a contemptible legacy? You know, if every band citing them as an influence turns out to be not just woeful, but hateful? Radiohead and landfill indie, or Nirvana and all those godawful mid-90s angsty alt-rock twats? One of the most acute examples of deleterous imitators threatening the original band's reputation is Faith No More. Practically a one-hit wonder in their home country of the States, they managed much more success in Europe and the Antipodes. Despite this, the lead singer Mike Patton has good (hah!) claim to be the godfather of an especially American genre, nu-metal. With The Real Thing's eclectic fusion of metal, funk, rap, and prog, Faith No More set up what would become the sorriest genre of music 10 years later. The line from Faith No More to Korn, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach is an inch long with no deviations. Is The Real Thing to blame for the crimes of the future? Well, it's not as if it can't be judged for the crimes of its present. Funk metal and rap rock are hardly the most esteemed of genres for justified reasons: not only were the songs usually risible, they tried too hard to convince that they were the apotheosis of cool, making them the least cool music on the planet. Still, I was 6 when Epic was released as a single, and I remember thinking that the song and video, what with its rapping and its posturing and its special effects, was awesome and radical, a song worthy for the Bretts of the world. Thirty years on, I can't deny it still has an immature charm, even if the vision of Mike Patton frugging around like a numpty in Bermuda shorts invites a chuckle and not a whoop. It does remember to rock enough, and that's enough for it to work, if not quite excel. And you can extend that judgement to the rest of the album. It's a servicable rock album, diminished partially by showy gooning. Although Epic is the defining song of the album, I prefer the opener From Out of Nowhere, which is a fine, solid bit of 80s hard rock. The album peaks with its straightest rock numbers, yet chafes when they start slapping the bass and throwing gang signs. I should also mention that Mike's voice proves divisive; many will find it, like those of his nu-metal descendents, uninvitingly whiny. I empathise with that position, but I was able to forgive it. It's adolescent more than discordant. I acknowledge that I'm being generous, but there are far worse albums in the world. Every album claiming this album as inspiration, for instance.
Shite. Shite voice. Shite version of RHCP, who are shite. Saved from 1* by the instrumental "Woodpecker from Mars" and the faithful recreation of War Pigs.
I really just didn't care for this album -- I didn't like the lead vocalist and the songs were just bland. They also couldn't seem to pick a lane musically...do they want to be a metal band, or a Red Hot Chili Peppers knockoff, or a whiny rock band?
In the no-man's land between metal, soft rock, and grunge. Utterly cringey in places.
Best song of the album is a cover from Black Sabbath...
Whoa, ick. Did not enjoy this at all. And somehow it got a combo of Epic and Tom Sawyer stuck in my head and that's just awful as you'd think.
Listened to probably half but it was pretty good.
lol I listen to this album probably at least 2-3 times a week, along with King for a Day. Amazing band, and this is their best album. Just riff city, awesome funky basslines, Patton doing his thing at the peak of youth voice. And tbh Epic is the worst track - the rest is so much better, but even that song is still great haha. I love it when an album actually deserves to be on the list! 5/5.
always a fav
I'm not much of a metal fan but lucky for me this has an alternative/pop appeal packed in it. And it rips. I think everyone can get behind this one. Decent 9/10.
Sommige platen nog veel beter dan het typische Faith no more dat ik kende, top album.
high energy, good melodies, fun to listen to
Eigentlich eine 4, weil auch hier der Sound nicht wahnsinnig gut gealtert ist und Pattons Stimme auf späteren Alben doch angenehmer klingt. Wegen biographischer Relevanz wird aber hochgestuft. Somebody put me together
Basslines are sick in this album, was not expecting that. The instrumentation and genre changes are fantastic. Thought they were less heavy than this, really enjoyed it.
Such a brilliant album
Why haven't I listened to this more? This is a fantastic album. Has my second favourite cover of Warpigs, the first is by Cake.
One word wednesday: Epic!
I loved the punch this album had. Each song was different, Epic is still a banger but then right after you have Falling to Pieces which sounds like its out of a thrash band. The vocals are what keeps everything tied together and feeling like a band, but I loved this album.
One of my favorites
Mike Patton has one of the most unique voices in rock. Faith No More must have really stood out from all the grunge and alternative of the era. Fave tracks: “From Out of Nowhere” “Epic” “Surprise! You’re Dead!”
Absolutely great, I forgot some of these songs existed. Such a jam through and through
Yuss! Love me some Faith No More! This is the only album of theirs on the list?! That don't seem right! Fave track - "Surprise! You're Dead!", but really I have such a longstanding affection for this album I could pick any of the tracks...
Good fucking album.
Starts off very strongly with "From out of Nowhere" and "Epic", gets a little softer in the middle section but then ends with an amazing cover of "War Pigs".
Quan el vaig escoltar per primer cop va ser una bomba, molt semblant al primer cop que vaig escoltar 'Nevermind', en els mateixos anys. La sensació que una nova década començava i que ho feia mitjançant la música, trencant amb tot al que estàvem acostumats. Amb els anys, el seu pols revolucionari ha anat deixant pas a un disc immortal, barreja de géneres feta amb la màxima inspiració i que sobresurt com una de les obres més importants d'aquells anys
Zombie is hauntingly beautiful. The range Woodpecker from Mars is a little meandering/long War Pigs cover is incredible
Hi- From Out Of Nowhere, Falling to Pieces, Underwater Love Lo- The Real Thing is really where Faith No More opens up and finds their sound. It opens with From Out Of Nowhere, harkening back to their pop/punk roots, before progresses into the more darker, bass-heavy funk/thrash metal sound that Faith No More is known for (Epic, Falling to Pieces), but also stretches them artistically in other ways, whether it's the otherworldly Zombie Eaters, the surreal Underwater Love, the an instrumental like Woodpecker from Mars, or the fantastic cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, there really is something for everyone here.
Lekker stevig album en toch melodieus, met een heel unieke sound. Veel leuke bass-lijnen ook
Although this is not my favorite album by Faith No More, it is definitely their most well-known because of "the song." Even with that song, I like this one a lot. It's funny, a friend of mine and I diverge right around here for FNM. I started to like them more and more, with this being where I really became more interested in them. By the time the next album came out, I was all in and my friend had bailed. The band has evolved so much past "Epic." However, you can hear a lot of their future endeavors in this, going from "From Out Of Nowhere" to "Zombie Eaters." Patton's voice is an interesting choice here. It is so much more than what is featured here, but I get the feeling he was trying to be a bit like Chuck Moseley, the previous singer. The trio bass/keys/drums really puts such an effective groove. I can pick out Bordin's drumming pretty easily, he has a very distinctive snare hit, kind of like Bill Bruford, actually. The music is wide-ranging, although not as much as later albums, which made it not so easy to pigeonhole the band. But as it is it's an amazing effort by the band. I wish that they had held onto Jim Martin for longer. But, the work he does here is great. I would definitely say this is the album to start with if you wanted to get into Faith No More, but it is not their best. I never bought "Edge Of The World", But one clunker doesn't mean the album sucks, right? And "Woodpecker From Mars..." holy crap is that great! So high praise for this one, I will give it 5, great intro album for this band, but their later albums really progress from here.
I was really happy to see Faith No More pop up on this list and thoroughly enjoyed this album. It's been many years since I last listened to them, but I should obviously start doing so again. They're rock solid in all of their versatility and their catchy, funky alternative metal mash-up is simply a ton of fun to listen to. Highlights: Falling To Pieces and the very good War Pigs cover
It was new for me, but I liked it.
So good I listened a lot.
This is a seminal album from an influential band.
Amazing album! This is another formative album for me that I have been listening to for the last 20 years. Pumped this made it on the list!
I wore out more copies of this album as a kid than any other album combined - and it was CDs. One of the greatest albums ever.
A very good funk metal album filled with some insane bangers ,and Mike Pattons brand of craziness. The final instrument track WOODPECKERS FROM MARS was amazing with kinda arbic style riffs. THE REAL THING is an eight minute masterpiece with some in and out monments and very thrash metal riffs and screaming The only bad thing is mike patton vocals could be naselly and very annoying in some places . So overall a very good album
This is ready one of my all time favorites. I remember when it came out and fnm were on top of the pops. Mike was mining terribly to out of nowhere. Off the back of that piss taking performance I bought this on vinyl and got tickets to rock city which I think was the next night. Not seen them since. Amazing live band. Amazing album. Got to love that slap base too
Really love this album, it starts really strong with the first two songs, we can see Mike Pattons vocal range right from the start
Alternative metal. Ei vielä new metal. Albumin nimikkobiisi "The real thing" on se juttu... paras biisi. Albumi muutenkin todella kiinnostava kuunnella. War pigs.. Vähän huono cover.. Parempi cover maistuis.. Pallit löysä cover.. hyvin recordattu vocalit ja kivat reverbit.. ei tarpeeks raskas kuitenkaan.. war pigsin pitää olla raskas.. JA vain ozzy saa laulaa sen..
Love this album, from out of nowhere an epic collection of tunes where your dead wrong if you miss this album
Really excellent album which kind of set the tone for rock of the early 90s. 5/5
Wow walk down memory lane with this one. Fully expected to give it a straight 4. A relisten bumped it up 4.5. 5
One helluva ride
Realmente é um disco monumental, base para formação do caráter.
I mean, this album is near perfect. It was a major part of my musical listening at that time. At that time it was like nothing I'd ever heard before. So fun to go back and listen to this one.
I really enjoyed this… more than I expected!
Was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Didn't expect it to be nearly as good. 7.5-8/10
Pretty nuts that this was released in 89, feel like this record inspired a lot of bands. I remember reading Slash's autobiography and he said this album was the shit when it came out. A cavalcade of genres blended expertly, with one of the wildest vocalists. Only complaint is the keyboards sound dated as hell. Favorite tracks: "Surprise! You're Dead!", "Zombie Eaters"
Good rock/rap album, I feel like they started this genre. it's not something I ever listened to outside of Rockband.
Oh man. I love this band. I liked them for years but never went full convert until the 2000s. While this album undoubtedly spawned some terrible other bands, I still look at it specifically as a gateway record for me to get into alternative music. They had a top 20 album BEFORE Nirvana, which I think provided a real blueprint for weird, heavy, melodic music to find commercial success in the midst of hair metal mania. (For better or worse.) That said, it’s in no way my favorite Faith No More record and Mike Patton’s voice is so nasally and whiny in places here I wonder if he himself can even believe he made that choice. Still, I love “From out of Nowhere,” “Zombie Eaters,” and “Woodpecker from Mars.” And in 2015 I saw them and Refused play an outdoor show in Raleigh on a perfect sweaty night and you know what? “Epic” fucking ruled right down to the somber ending, which is one of only about three things I kinda know how to play on the piano.
I thought I hadn't heard these guys before but there is song on here called Zombie Eaters that Ill Nino covered on that same album that had Territorial Pissings from the Nirvana album. I enjoyed this album, they felt like a slightly angrier Red Hot Chili Peppers. Besides that song, I really enjoyed Epic, too. The War Pigs cover was great and some of the others had some good pieces like Woodpecker from Mars. Interesting album cover as well. This was a welcome surprise for a monday!
One of the best one-two opening punches in rock music, and in truth, the quality doesn't dip much from the onwards. The only weak link is Bottum's keys work, which sounds a bit rudimentary - especially so as I think his nagging, insistent riff throughout 'From Out of Nowhere' propels the song. A small quibble though, overall such a strong, meaty and fun album!
Some great tracks 👍
Pretty good and definitely better than other albums we've heard (*cough* auteurs *cough*), I liked the funky bass and blending of genres in some songs. Faves were Epic and Woodpecker from Mars
Pretty much what I want out of a rock album, swaggering, full of personality and high energy. (Maybe would’ve cut a few songs for length but hey)
(already heard this a bunch, including recently, so I will just rate it!)
I’ve been a fan of this band for a long time, but I’ll be honest, it was more from a Greatest Hits album I found as opposed to the actual albums (Album of the Year withstanding, that’s a great one). This did not disappoint. The opening three tracks are killer, it flows from there. Really enjoyed this one and will explore more of their discography
I was not expecting this. Really good, some songs I already knew. Mix of genres.
I liked this one. The heaviness factor gyrated and occasionally got too heavy but most the time I was digging it. I'm rounding up here but wtf
I like this a lot. Nice and rocky.
Partono qui ne aveva 21 di anni
Enjoyed Underwater Love, and would probably listen to the album again. One of the better albums so far IMO. Has a definitive style and doesn't try to be something its not.
I really like this unique brand of metal going on here..."Underwater Love" was an especially creative track.
Another solid 4.5 that falls to the 4 star rating side, really wish we could do half stars. I'm a little "over" Epic, but the rest is super good. Can't mistake those bass lines for many other bands.
More than just "Epic." Great bridge between genres of 80s and 90s. Really enjoyed the War Pigs cover.
This is another tape I wore out. It was kind of exactly what I needed after graduating from the Poison and Metallica diet I had been on up to that point. The same hard-edged music that was just a good bit weirder. I think the tunes and performances hold up.
In Conclusione: i Faith No More sono praticamente la versione metal dei Sonic Youth, sono l'ispirazione base della maggior parte dei gruppi metal o pseudo metal che apprezzo. Devo dire che non sono mai stato un grande fan della voce di Mike Patton, per quanto sia innegabilmente bravo sembra sempre un po' troppo sopra le righe e che solo perché sa cambiare 15 registri li deve cambiare ogni due secondi. In ogni caso di sicuro i Faith No More sono più di Patton e questo album è ancora più innovativo di una gran parte dei gruppi metal di oggi ed è praticamente contemporaneo di ...And Justice For All. A prescindere dal valore storico devo dire che alcuni pezzi mi fomentano ancora e in certi momenti lo stile di Patton e la musica fanno click e il risultato è davvero figo. Gli dò 4 anche se forse è un 4 scarso ma li premio per rilevanza storica (le regole le faccio io e faccio come me pare). In più ci tengo a dire che chi odia la voce di Mike Patton non ce capisce un cazzo di musica e se non è d'accordo lo aspetto sul gruppo di WhatsApp
Great band. Great album. Zombie Eaters is fantastic.
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This music was interesting for its refusal to stay within a hard rock/metal framework. The funk and hip hop influences reminded me of RHCP with better songwriting and arrangement. I see why this band is so influential. This is not something I would have sought out for myself, but I'm really glad I got to listen to it.
84/100 Top 3: "Surprise! You're Dead!", "Zombie Eaters" and "The Real Thing"
7/10. I feel like these guys listened to some metal music and were like "Wow, what if we made something like this but made it occasionally sound good?" I enjoyed most of these songs, Epic and War Pigs stood out as things I have heard before.
musically pretty interesting, but the lyrics and vocals were kind of obnoxious. 7/10
You know? I kinda like this. It's weird, yeah, but there are some thick beats underneath.
A little dated now but loved it back when.
What a hard rocking record. Funky, heavy, and energized. Mike Patton is an acquired taste but has the perfect voice to pair with the music, and everything just fits. Sometimes sounds a little too much like a RHCP knockoff but otherwise a great album.
Proper band with an album full of solid tunes.
Faith No More is Epic! As in the only song I knew going into it. Good album, not a five as it’s dated, but still pretty good. 4/5
Very surprised this came out in the 80s. You can definitely hear their influence on future bands, as it sounds like the predecessor to nu meta and other sub genres. The instrumentals are awesome, not a fan of the vocals.
These guys had hot iron fame in my house when I was a kid. Mike Patton’s vocals grinding, but somehow is what makes the album.
Love this album. Takes me back to when bands tried to push the envelope and try new things.
Nunca les había puesto atención y fueron un gran descubrimiento. Suenan excelente y aunque la canción más famosa incluye letra rappeada que siento que no va con el resto del disco, tampoco se me hace mala. Sí me hizo sentir un poco mal la idea de que seguramente estuvieron en algún festival al que asistí y los pude haber visto. 3.5 que sube a 4 porque definitivamente quiero escuchar más de ellos. Songs: Surprise! You're Dead!, Woodpecker From Mars
Ha sido una gracia leer y escucharlos sobre Faith No More, sobre todo porque me he dado cuenta que NADIE los conocía bien realmente (yo incluido). Es muy curioso porque esperaría que, como mucha gente, cuando pienso en Faith No More los demás pensarían en la canción “Epic” y su correspondiente video musical (lo cual también me da curiosidad ver que no mencionaron mucho). Siempre pensé que "Epic" sería una especie de Faith No More-light. Ese era el single y sería lo menos metal de ellos y que el resto sería mucho más pesado. En mi cabeza estaba seguro que eran casi hacia un Stone Temple Pilots con un poco más metal. De hecho tienen un elemento funk que yo no conocía, que casi los acerca hacia un Jane's Addiction (que es de mis bandas más entrañables de todo ese monton). Quedé sorprendido. Diría quizá que es más hard rock (y a veces metal), con funk y un poco de rock progresivo. Al escribir esto caigo en cuenta que también me recuerdan a Red Hot Chili Peppers, quizá una mezcla entre los Chili Peppers y Mars Volta lo resume bastante bien para mí. Bueno, dejemos de comparar, un disco muy sólido, creo que la canción que más me agradó fue "Falling to Pieces" (me sorprende que no haya sido un sencillo más grande y que todo lo que se recuerde sea Epic, siendo que se me hace mucho mejor canción). Esa canción instrumental también bastante bien lograda.
Really enjoyed this, some great songs on this album and you can play it loud!!!!! 4 stars
First of all, this is on of the ugliest album covers yet. Good energy in the leading track, but as others've said, these old synths are really bad. Does really sound like RHCP. But mixed with some darker metal songs. Actually quite like this one. Really good, that's a 4
ну ничо так, даже понравилось, слушабельный рокешник
I remember getting their next album because I really like "Midlife Crisis" and being really disappointed in the rest of the album. Was expecting the same here but I was really pleasantly surprised. Everything on the album is good, although it does fall off a little bit in the 2nd half but the only real dud was "Woodpecker from Mars".
I remember this some from when I was young but it is obvious that this is what many metal bands are TRYING to do.
Not the greatest sign that my favorite song was a cover of War Pigs, but this was alright!
Epic is clearly the, well, epic track here, but a great example of the beginning of the "nu-metal" / rock & hip-hop cross over genre.
Faith No More's "The Real Thing" is nearly prophetic in its sound for 1989. It would be some time until some weird band from Seattle would put the kill-shot on the electronic and synth-pop that dominated the 80s. This rock album is powerful in its delivery, the engineering of its sound is very clean and does away with the pseudo-sound of synth-pop, stadium echo on the snare and drum machines that had heavily invaded rock music at the time. While not quite metal, it is heavy enough to pass for it. It definitely has a more of what would be considered alternative, but the quirkiness of the lead singer brings us back to the decade rather easily to where this still very much an 80s band at this time. This listener expected something familiar to the sounds of growing up in the 80s, a little bit of embarrassment from what seemed like a transitory decade from the grit of the 70s, to the glam of the 80s. Great album, and the "War Pigs" cover was nice.
Hadn’t thought about this album in a long time and had forgotten how it dominated rock/alternative airplay and MTV back in 89/90. Solid rock, some occasional bits that didn’t age well (such as the fairly lame scraps of rapping).
Of course I love Epic but there are some other good songs too.
hyper energetic and eclectic alt metal. Its really really hard to combine funk with more metallic sounds and have it not end up a trainwreck but faith no more really do thread that needle. Sure, it's got some synth design and guitar tones that are very much from their era, but the actual songwriting here is pretty unique. I listen to a lot of metal and alternative music and can't really think of many artists who sound like this.
Basically a Mr. Bungle side project.
I don’t recall hearing the album before, but I knew almost every song. Awesome, hard rock, rap, kinda prog?, metal.
Strong start and middle. Wanes a little towards the end but not too much.
Another one of those bands that was changing the rock scene behind the scenes in the late 80's and early 90's. You can hear their metal upbringing on songs like Surprise! You're Dead (sounds like Megadeth). But especially on their 3 singles you hear more melodic rock and a fusion of rock, metal, rap, and funk. Just listen for the bass on Falling to Pieces. Or anything on Epic - did you hear the opening minute? That track is a classic because of how unique it was and remains to this day. From out of Nowhere feels like it's 10 years ahead of it's time; just a different melody and song structure than most songs of that era. Zombie Eaters is a lesser known with a style all Faith No More's own - a combination of sombre, soaring, funky rock-rap. The Real Thing is a bit heavier - a more noticeable thrash undertone - but still with plenty of nuance to give it that soaring ballad feel. Woodpecker from Mars was a cool instrumental song. I like their cover of War Pigs, although it's not all that much different from the original - likely a good thing since the original is so good. So, great imitation but not much innovation. I will say this album really grows on you; the album as a whole is better than the sum of its parts. I still thought most tracks were solid but they really complement each other well. I was torn about whether it deserved 4 or 5 stars, but rock is definitely in a better place because this album came along.
A hidden favorite of mine that flies under the radar for most of modern music fans. Solid from the get with From Out of Nowhere through Edge of the World.
I was not expecting much, I was not expecting to like this album, but the funky groove that threads itself through most of it and the soulful almost Tricky-like vocals won me over. And the songs which often lean towards bombast are pretty good too. In that way the remind a little of Nine Inch Nails. I bet their damn good live. Finish things off with a pretty inspired version of War Pigs and what we have here is a 4 🌟 album.
if most other bands put out this album it would be their best album, but in their catalogue it's the weird middle child while they were changing their sound and it's really not very memorable outside of a few standout songs. also mike patton sounds like someone punched him in the throat for like the whole album for some reason
Was surprised to see this album on the list. I really did enjoy it though. War Pigs remake did it justice.
Singing this album from front to back. It's one of my youth favourites. From Out Of Nowhere grabbed me the first time I heard it. It's album 3 of the band that was still growing. Album 4 was their masterpiece.
I remember really enjoying this at the start of high school and wondering what was wrong with me because none of my friends liked it. Turns out, I’m not in Tool.
3.5/5 Good, but not something I would search out.
Enjoyed Epic and a good war pigs cover. Otherwise middle of the road. 3.5, I'll round up.
What a great album. It's one that I've only fairly recently started listening to, which is weird.
I had a teacher in college who loved Faith No More. I did not enjoy that teacher and had avoided Faith No More. It turns out that they were right about one thing and this album was a banger.
Being late 80's funk metal not all of this has aged well, but it stands up suprisingly well. Not my favourite FNM but still bangs.
When Mike Patton isn't a complete madman with his other projects, he's out here with Faith No More offering some good and fun funk metal tracks. I especially got a kick from the two bonus tracks at the end. Favorites: "Epic", "Falling to Pieces", "The Real Thing"
Really enjoyed this apart from the nasal vocals. Which is quite a big part but I will give them 4 stars anyway. Congratulations faith no more
Badass. Love Epic, sweet War Pigs cover, loads of smashes.
Enjoyed a lot, think my teenage self would have enjoyed more though
still remember this one well from high school. hard rocking, nearly metal, with some prog influences. i can see why i liked it.
I could listen to Mike Payton all day
This was the last album I bought in vinyl when the world had moved on from the format (I’ve bought others since, but it was the end of an era). Epic is a blast but there’s other stuff on here that’s great. Falling to Pieces and The Real Thing especially.
Nice, really like "Epic"
Grew up on this and Angel Dust in junior high/high school. I may not like some of the things that spawned in its wake, but this is some seriously original genre bending metal, especially for its time. One thing that I don't love is that some of the synth tones are so dated/out of the box, but in a way it's charming because it brings you back to that very particular time period. Mike Patton's voice is definitely their greatest instrument. He convinces you he is completely unhinged at times, yet what he is doing technically assures you he is in absolute control. Though I prefer Patton's more experimental work with Mr Bungle, etc., this still will always work for me due to nostalgia.
Great great rock, but also some cool more jazzy art stuff too.
Well Epic is just that and sort of leaves everything else in it's shadow. That aside Epic does represent this album fairly well. They don't move away from the formula of alternating rapping and singing over heavily bass driven music. Probably their best album and certainly deserves a place in the 1001 As a whole the album is a bit too frenetic in that even when they do start something slowly it inevtably ends up being 100mph. Even the one cover version (War Pigs) has this quality though the original did this too. In general this will be a love it or loathe it album, but for me it is OK but not great
I have a theory that Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fishbone are actually the same band but they originated in different dimensions than ours.
Couple of bangers in there. I didn't realize there was so much more beyond the hits.
I know everyone says this is a "funk metal" band, but this album goes between synth-metal, Mother Love Bone glam, and Alice in Chains w/o the harmonies. That's not a bad thing because this record still sounds great and is a great intro to Mike Patton and the directions the band will take on the follow up record.
All anthems. Surprised I much I enjoy it!
I owned this album when it came out and nearly wore it out from playing it so many times. Now some 30ish years after my last full listen, I remember every downbeat, every nuance, every little element of every song. FNM's legacy is very secured from an album that was one of the first to mix genres like rock, prog, rap, classical, and jazz. The Real Thing is a true winner. 4.5/5.
Leuk album. Lekker poppie deuntjes, soms wat stevige rock, maar altijd toegankelijk. ****
I have spent so many hours listening to this. This band influenced so many other bands,
Really awesome heavy metal pop album
Not ever song was great but solid album.
Mér verður hugsað til unglings-mín sem var dissuð og hædd fyrir það að fíla rokk. "Rokk er ekki fyrir stelpur." Fkn sjitt. Þessi plata er góð, Epic er epískt og ábreiðan af War pigs er asskolli fín!
It's the Red Hot Chili Peppers for those who would've eventually become Linkin Park fans in the 2000s. Don't really have much to say other than it's a good album with some very cool songs like Edge of the World, The Morning After, Zombie Eaters and Falling to Pieces.
Metal, hard rock. Experimental.
It's good Metal. People forget. The hit is great but it was popular for a reason. It was good and all we had was fucking MTV.
This is a pretty solid album. I'm pretty much over "Epic" after hearing it a million times over the years (the local butt rock station still plays it regularly) and the War Pigs cover seems pointless, but there's plenty else to like here. I mean, Mike Patton is involved how can it not be good just on that alone? Honestly, I like the FNM albums that followed better. This albums is pretty influential, unfortunately some of the bands it influenced are pretty awful, but I can't blame the band for that. 3.5 being bumped to a 4 because Mike Patton is a God tier vocalist.
If this album doesn't wake you up, nothing will!
I had kind of forgotten everything I might have known about Faith No More, and when this album came up I had a negative reaction. But I started playing the album and loved “From Out of Nowhere.” Then I realized that I knew and liked the song “Epic.” By the third song I was starting to think I misjudged. These guys sound like they’re on the brighter side of hard rock/metal - more in my wheelhouse than your Metallicas and Panteras. Then suddenly “Surprise! You’re Dead!” lurched hard right… uh oh. It was followed by “Zombie Eaters”, a ballad that starts off quietly. Now I’m not sure what to make of this… This album is a bit of a journey through a lot of styles, some more appealing to me than others. While I didn’t necessarily need a remake of War Pigs and some of the harder songs didn’t appeal to me, I respect a band who can serve up a smorgasbord of metal like this.
This was a favorite of mine back when it was new. So most of what I felt listening today was nostalgia. They're bass-y and shout-y and if the songs were new to me, I don't think I'd appreciate them as much today. But this one has the benefit of familiarity.
I had a super cool bestie in college that had this album, and as a result, I got to know it. This style of music really isn't at the top of my list of favorites, so if not for that connection to my bestie, I am sure that I wouldn't like it as much. It was really great to revisit it today!
Pretty cool. Not quite a 4 but better than 3
It's like if the Chilli Peppers didn't suck. Maybe I don't hate this genre as much as I thought if it was done by actually interesting people. 3.5/5
oh that was so reallll
Just a bit dreary and ordinary really. Clearly influential. But not of anything I particularly like.
It's ok, I don't really like the sound of this type of music.
i liked it, although it's a bit too lengthy for my tastes but overall, fairly nice listen, casimir pulaski day is really fun to listen to
3-3.5.... this was really interesting. lots of sounds!
Not great; not terrible
Not a bad rock album.
Not really my vibe all that often but it's good for what it is.
It was OK.
the first punk record so far! actually its got a more stadium heavy/alt metal feel. great cover of war pigs. its just not really my jam, its just too close to bad religion without actually being bad religion. like the mass market version
It was p good. I liked War Pigs (obvi) and The Real Thing the most
I'd like this band much better with a different singer
Lots of cool riffs here, I wanted to hate it but actually liked it.
Ahead of its time.
Imagine me, for a second, looking up this album and reading the genre on the tin: "Is...is that funk metal? Oh dear lord". Not my idea of a good time but alas, we're here for a reason. And sure as rain, it doesn't suck! I mean, kinda. Epic is strange...the verse is so lame but then the chorus hits and I'm like "Yooouuuu want it alll but you can't haaave it" cause it's great. It's an album that can have genuinely good songwriting when it wants to, but that's dependent on if they feel like white-boy rapping like RHCP or not. To boil it down to it's essentials, the Alt Metal parts are worth the listen, but the Funk Metal parts drag it down, averaging it out to just a "good" album. 3 stars!
Better than I would have thought (I was worried it would be pretty dated). Surprisingly held up pretty well. Some fun funky/thrash/hard rock that harkens RHCP/AIC/Metallica
Angel Dust is way better
Liked a few songs... reminded me of Lynkin Park type songs
Is curious. Not my style I think, but maybe I'll give it another listen
Ra ra ra raaaa ra raaaa ra raaaa raaaaaaa
It has a Jiu Jitsu song (Epic)!! The nostalgia factor automatically gives it +1 point for me. The audio mixing sounds kinda odd to me and I can't hear the singing as well as I would like, and it's a bit overwhelming. Underwater Love and Epic were my favorites.
The album is interesting, it has a good beat and the lyrics are neat. I personally don't quite like the singer's voice, I find their voice a bit annoying.
Red hot chilli peppers kind of vibe in places, would give another go.
Decent sound, amazing guitar work. The vocals kinda got annoying after a while tho.
High energy throughout. Nothing to complain about, but nothing that grabbed me and kept me enthralled either.
It's kind of a classic 90's album for me. This is the kind of music that I would listen to with my dad in the car when I was a kid, so it has a certain nostalgia factor to it. Same with The Offspring as well as some RATM. That being said, this one isn't my favorite. There are some quality bangers that go well with the Megadeth quality vocals that this album has to offer. Their version of War Pigs is kind of boring. Highlights: 1, and 2.
Reminds me on Tony Hawks 2 Wasn't a huge fan of the whole album but I did love track 10
- atrocious rap - not sad that the nasal style of singing isn't a trend anymore - great guitars and synths, strong musical energy
it was good when no one was singing
I feel like most metal music falls into the trap of inflated self-importance purely because it's metal, so my problem with most metal albums are that the artists are so complacent that they forget to make interesting music. This album definitely feels like that in parts, but at least there are some redeeming musical qualities throughout. Epic is still a classic too. 6