FAITH NO MORE — The Real Thing (review)

FAITH NO MORE — The Real Thing album cover Album · 1989 · Funk Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Genre: alternative metal

I love this album. I really do. I love it for three reasons:

1) nostalgia: everything about this album (including the music videos, the image of the band, the artwork, the sound, the music) is so 90s. It takes me back to my youth.

2) the quality of the music: the music on this album is, I think, really, really, really good, and is an example of what I would consider perfect alternative metal where all the musical elements are in balance.

3) the vocals: to quote Sacred Reich "Mike Patton's voice is smooth as silk".

A classic and one of the best - and most influential alternative metal albums of the last millennium, it contains a lot of progressive elements (such as tempo changes, odd time signatures and quirky 4/4 patterns, and genre transendence) without ever being a full-blown progressive album. There are individual tunes, however, that could be categorized as progressive proper, such as "Zombie Eathers" and "The Real Thing". Other tracks, like "Surprise! Youre Dead!" and, of course, "War Pigs", are all out metal tunes. Oh, and "From Out Of Nowhere", which has been bashed a lot throughout the years... great opener!

In any case, this is a classic alt metal album fusing metal with funk, rap, hard rock and other genres without being as dull as a lot of nu metal is.

I would recommend this album to any rock fan of my generation who needs a 90s fix. I also think that open-minded metalheads would like it because of all the metal riffage on it.
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