Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's The Real Thing, Baby!

It's 1:00 a.m., and I'm currently rocking out to Faith No More's "Zombie Eaters." FNM is one of my favorite bands, metal or not. Just trust me when I type this: the band covers a lot of bases and frequently steps out of the boundaries of metal to play funk, blues, alternative, jazz, avant-garde, you name it. Or they'll just simply fuse metal with another genre.

Simply put, to call Faith No More solely a metal band is highly inaccurate because they play so many different genres. And now that I think about it, my favorite record is probably King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime; that's not to say their other albums are bad. In fact, they don't have a bad album to their name, although I found Angel Dust incredibly hard to get into as it takes the Faith No More norm of being insanely weird and ups it many, many times. It was a grower, and a rewarding one at that.

I vastly prefer the band with Mike Patton on vocals as a opposed to Chuck Mosely who sang on the first two albums. Patton conveys greater sense of a emotion, especially because he's less monotone and because he exercises a vast array of unique styles. One second he'll be emotionally serenading you, the next rapping, and the next barking like a dog through the mic. He's one of the most diverse and unprecedented vocalists in all of metal, even in any genre of music period.

So, what song will give you a feel of what Faith No More is like? Honestly, that's impossible to do with a single track. I can, however, post one of my favorite songs from the band. Choosing it wasn't easy, as pretty much any song ranges from good to excellent.

-TMA

This song doesn't even begin to sum up Patton's vocal styles or the genres the band plays, but it's a good 'un. Actually, this one is very, very tame for the band.

Faith No More - "Digging the Grave"

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