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Retro Roundtable Review: Faith No More – The Real Thing


The_Real_Thing_album_coverLabel:  Slash Records

Release Date:  June 1989

Songs:   11

Length:  56 Minutes

Genre:  Interesting Metal

Studio Albums:   6 total.  The Real Thing was their third studio album

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #9 – Easy


tsp_tee_easy-like-sundayThis is one of those unlikely songs covered by a metal-ish band.  But, since Faith No More did it; it seems more fitting.  It would probably be strange if Anthrax covered it.  Mike Patton’s vocal range is a perfect pitch for this particular song.  It was very well done and really not that much enhanced from the original Commodore’s version.  Faith No More’s version was recorded in 1992 and in some instances became the band’s biggest hit outside of America.

The Commodore’s recorded this ultimate ballad in 1977 – seems like a lot of my covers originated in the 70s.  It was written by the ultimate ballad composer Lionel Ritchie when he was part of this funk quartet.  Interesting thing about Lionel Ritchie…when my son was a baby/toddler we used to put him down for his nap.  We would put the satellite TV on the easy listening channel and sure enough something from Lionel Ritchie would come on at the same time every day and BAM!  Sleepy time worked every time; out like a light.  Anyway, it’s song not likely to be covered by a metal or hard rock band, but Faith No More did it justice.

Below is the cool version from Faith No More.

Here is the classic by the Commodore’s

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #15-#11


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#15 Colors by Between the Buried and Me

In the early and mid 2000’s I found myself a bit disenchanted with new metal. I had kept in touch with the established bands in my catalog, but anything new just ‘didn’t do it for me’. Then I stumbled on BTBAM and their newly released Colors. Never have I heard metal quite like this, ferocious, complex, organic, beautiful, chaotic, and so unorthodox. How each song flowed into the next created a neat flow and the musicianship in each one seriously blew my mind and gave me a new-found faith in modern metal. I also love while on one end the music and themes on this record are pretty serious, the band knows how to sit back and have some fun at times and get playful with the music breaking that ‘more brutal than thou’ mentality that was plaguing metal at the time in my eyes. After this record I became more adventurous with my music returning to actively seek out/check out music by stuff I never heard of in hopes I find something that blew me away like Colors. To quote Forrest Gump: “I must have drank me 15 Dr. Peppers”. Returning to this album 7 years after my big first impression it still holds up wonderfully and BTBAM received much deserved success and took the right path and upped their talent (seriously, check out the new record ;) ).

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #30-#26


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#30 King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime by Faith No More

While the bulk of King for a Day… features the heavier material that FNM are known for Mike Patton, Billy Gould, Mike Bordin, and Co. took more deviations from their metal/hard rock roots. The uber-smooth crooning in “Evidence” makes me feel like those girls in those famous Beatles videos, the Tom Jones/Las Vegas inspired “Star A.D.” make me feel like a high roller, and “Caralho Voador” make me feel like I’m chilling on a nice tropical beach (with Satan). Then there’s the heartfelt ballads. “Take This Bottle” is a sweet little country inspired rock ballad and “Just a Man” with it big soul back up singing, fat grooves, beautiful lyrics, and amazing vocal performance by Mike Patton easily sends shivers down my spine. And then there is the heavy metal and groove filled end to the record with nutzoid tunes like “Cuckoo for Caca” and “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”. With so much substance and diversity on this record, it has always boggled me why this record never received the accolades that FNM’s earlier work did.

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Theme Thursday – Bands I Want To See Live


Other than listening to metal, one of my other favorite things to do is going to live shows and listen to it at ear-numbing decibel levels.  Being 39 and having a job has given me ample time and decent resources to see shows wherever I have lived at that moment in time.  Location has also been a huge factor.  Growing up near Boston, MA and living in San Antonio, TX, Northern California, and England has made things much easier to catch my favorite bands.  For that, I am very thankful yet, some bands still elude me.  I have managed to catch Megadeth 14 times, Slayer 10 times, and Dream Theater 5 times, plus many others multiple times, but for some reason others have slipped away; some by no fault other than my own.  This list is of bands I have yet to see live and still want to see live very much. If you have seen these bands live and think I shouldn’t go, let me know.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #55-51


This is the part of my Top 100 favorite albums list that seems to be fluid.  I have moved these bands around several times trying to make sense of how they can be lumped together.  Some of these bands span a generation…perhaps they mean something different to me from two dissimilar time periods even if I don’t really listen to some of these older albums much today.  Either way, they made an impression on me either at age 38 or 13.  Strangely, it was harder to place these albums in the 60, 50, and 40 range than it was to select my top 20 albums of all time.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to the mid-point and follow-up to #1 several weeks down the road.

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Themed Thursday – Metal Meets The Zodiac


I am not one to normally contemplate my astrology reading of the day.  I do find them interesting at times and often accurate, but sometimes these things can be so vague that they apply to almost anyone.  As we know, signs of the Zodiac are represented by symbols, elements, planets, and stones.  Why not metal bands?  If you know your sign, you should know what band applies to you.  This is what my research for this theme of the week is going to do.  No longer will you have to say you are Aries symbolized by the ram.  Now, you can say I am Aries represented by Arch motherfucking Enemy.  Here is my breakdown of what band should represent you and your astrological sign.

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Song of the Week- Caffeine


So, as of right now I’m currently listening to the soundtrack to the film The Solitude of Prime Numbers which was scored entirely by one of my all time favorite musical artists Mike Patton (if anyone is interested, a review will be popping up soon).  I feel a Mike Patton kick coming up soon.

For some, Mr. Patton’s work may be a bit on the ‘too weird side’ of the musical spectrum (even for me at times), but no one can deny that the man has ‘mad’ vocal skills and quite an artistic vision.  Of the myriad of bands and projects he’s a part of, the most accessible and the one he’s most famous for is Faith No More who hit it huge in the early 90’s with the smash hit “Epic”.  Throughout the band’s existence they released 4 albums with Mike Patton before calling it quits (they did get together a few years ago and did a reunion tour for fun and never ruled out that FNM would never tour again in the future :) ).  I realized that I don’t talk about one of my all time favorite artists enough here on Metal State, so to rectify that err, this week’s song of the week, “Caffeine” comes off my personal favorite FNM album Angel Dust (I feel a backtrack coming up).  Enjoy and let us know what your favorite Mike Patton songs and projects are!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Bonus Song

While NJ metal band Dillinger Escape Plan was in between singers the rest of the band hooked up with Mike Patton to release a 4 song E.P. entitled Irony is a Dead Scene which had 3 original songs on it and a cover of Aphex Twin‘s “Come to Daddy”.  Needless to say, in the 20 minutes or so the E.P. ran, it was non-stop insanity.  I really wished that Mike Patton stuck around with the band a bit more and did a full album with them, well, one can hope for the future.  Here’s my favorite song off that collaboration “When Good Dogs Do Bad Things”.  Enjoy!!

Theme Thursday-Unlikely Covers


Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material.  Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers.  And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song.  If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal

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Song of the Day – Last Cup of Sorrow – 25 Feb 11


To round out what was actually a longer-than-normal work week is Faith No More.  The Last Cup of Sorrow is the song of the day which comes to you off the Who Cares A Lot: Greatest Hits Disc 1…at least that’s how I have access to it.  Faith No More has been pretty much resurrected.  They have been dormant for a while, but have reenergized their website and spent some time on tour in 2010.    No word yet on a new album, but it seems as though Faith No More might be playing with some things to see where it goes.

This is one band I liked when they came out that was different than the metal I was listening to.  I guess I started to broaden my horizons a bit.   There was a time when I was metal exclusive and I realized that there is good music out there that doesn’t require whiplash.  Have a great weekend!