Celebrating those albums which have their anniversary, this section will discuss the impact these releases had back then and what relevance, if any, they have now. The first in this series of reminiscent ramblings is Faith No More’s ‘Angel Dust’, released a whopping 25 years ago this week. That’s a whole generation of people who had been born, been schooled and released to the world of taxes, workplace stress and mortgage payments.
This album is held in such high regard by the rock/metal population, thanks to its brazen and ballsy approach to song writing and usage of keyboards in an otherwise guitar-only world. Granted, the Chuck Moseley-era Faith No More was hardly safe, but with Mike Patton’s vocal range and apparent mental fluidity, they were able to really flex their musical muscle and prove themselves to be one of the most successfully experimental bands ever to come to the attention of a large number of listeners. The production quality was significantly improved compared to ‘The Real Thing’.
So the general mainstream will likely only be familiar with ‘Easy’, which was a sympathetic cover of the 70s original, but it was the unhinged songs such as ‘Caffeine’ and ‘Malpractice’ that showed Faith No More’s place in the metal scene to be proven. ‘Everything’s Ruined’ and ‘Small Victory’ probably pacified those wanting something akin to the previous release, both being legit good pop songs that it was ok for rock fans to listen to.