The Lucid (Sponge, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) And Violent J (Insane Clown Posse) Reimagine Faith No More’s “Epic” As “Sweet Toof”

The Lucid (Sponge, ex-Megadeth, etc.) and Violent J (Insane Clown Posse) have released a new single titled “Sweet Toof.” The track, which serves as a reimagining of Faith No More’s “Epic,” will appear on The Lucid’s new EP “Saddle Up And Ride” (out January 27).

Violent J commented:

“Man quit playin’! It’s been an absolute honor and a privilege working with The Lucid! Being included among such monster talented and unbelievably cool people has been easily one of the highlights of my career so far. That’s the absolute truth. Listen to it! Who the fuck can deny THE BEASTLY results? We KING KONG ’em!”

Drew Fortier added:

“It has been such a fun, creative, and organic journey getting to this point with The Lucid. We are all very proud of what we have created together, especially with it being a completely independent endeavor. We love the Faith No More guys and their body of work and knew the perfect way to cap off our E.P. was doing a re-imagining of ‘Epic‘ along with Vinnie and Violent J‘s twisted, and wonderful approach.”

Scott Ian Says He Once Invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton To Join Anthrax

During a recent interview with mxdwn.com, Scott Ian revealed that he actually invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton to join Anthrax “a million years ago . . . just before Joey [Belladonna] came back.” The offer was ultimately denied, but the duo did get to collaborate years later on the current incarnation of Mr. Bungle. Ian said the following:

“I had said, ‘Hey, do you want to sing on the next Anthrax record?’ We were drunk in a bar in Melbourne, Australia on a festival together. He was with Faith No More. He was like, ‘Oh, man. You don’t want me in your band. I’m a pain in the ass.’ I was like, ‘No, no, no. I think we could deal with it.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, but I got seventy-two projects and I could never commit.’ I’m like, ‘I know, really. I’m asking but I’m not really asking.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll do something together someday.’ So then when he hit me up, he goes, ‘Remember in Melbourne when I said we would work together?’ I’m like, ‘Uh huh.’ He goes, ‘Guess what?'”

[via Loudwire]

Faith No More Drummer Mike Bordin Joins Black Sabbath Tribute Band Back Stabbath Onstage In Berkeley, CA

Black Sabbath tribute band, Back Stabbath were joined onstage by Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin during their July 31 show at Cornerstone in Berkeley, CA. You can see footage of the group performing “Beyond The Wall Of Sleep” with Bordin below:

Faith No More’s Mike Patton Opens Up About His Battle With Agoraphobia

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mike Patton shared more information regarding the cancellation of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle’s live shows last year. As it turns out, the frontman has been suffering from agoraphobia.

Patton said the following about his condition:

“It’s still going on — but it’s better. [Pauses]. It’s easy to blame it on the pandemic. But I’ll be honest, man: At the beginning of the pandemic, I was like, ‘This is fucking great. I can stay home and record.’ I’ve got a home studio. So I was like, ‘Yeah, what’s the big deal?’ And then something clicked, and I became completely isolated and almost antisocial [and] afraid of people.

That sort of anxiety, or whatever you want to call it, led to other issues, which I choose not to discuss. But I got some professionals helping me, and now I’m feeling better and getting closer to diving back in. Towards the end of the year, I’ll be doing my first shows in, like, two years, which is the longest time since I started doing this, that I’ve been out of the game.”

He continued when asked if his other issues included substance abuse:

“It was a little bit of everything. But mostly, in my experience, it was mostly mental. I saw some therapists and all that stuff, which is the first time I ever had to do that in my life. And they basically diagnosed me as having agoraphobia; like, I was afraid of people. I got freaked out by being around people. And maybe that was because I spent two years basically indoors during Covid. I don’t know. Maybe it reinforced feelings that I already had. But just knowing about it, talking about it, really helped. And we’ll see how it goes in December.”

Patton went on to say he realized he had a problem when he was getting ready to return to the road:

“Right around the time that Faith No More was about to go back on the road. That’s when I kind of lost it, and it was ugly and not cool. A few days before we were supposed to go on the road. I told the guys, ‘Hey man, I don’t think I can do it.’ Somehow my confidence was broken down. I didn’t want to be in front of people, which is weird because I spent half of my life doing that.

It was very hard to explain. And there were some broken feelings on both sides about it, but it’s what I had to do. Because otherwise something really bad could have happened.”

He also added:

“…It was right before our first rehearsal, and I just freaked out. I just said, ‘I can’t do it.’ They had been rehearsing so [pauses] If I were them I’d be really pissed off at me. And they were. And they probably still are. But it’s just about being true to yourself and knowing what your limits are. And I knew that if I kept pushing, it could have been some sort of disastrous result. It was just like, ‘Goddamn it. Maybe I don’t need to do this. Even though I agreed to do it, and it’s gonna bum a lot of people out. I gotta take care of myself.’ So I’m getting better at that.”

On another note, Patton also shared an update on Faith No More:

“Radio silence. [Laughs]. I don’t know. We may reschedule stuff; we may not. I’ll just leave it at that. It’s a little confusing and complicated. So if we do, we do. If we don’t, that’s cool, too.”

For now, the singer will be focusing on therapy and making music:

“Trust me, it’s different. And it’s really cool and very exciting. But we made an agreement — at least for this first project — to not talk about it, so I can’t tell you what exactly what it is. But to me, it’s completely invigorating and came along right at the right time. This is what I needed.”

Dub War Share Music Video For “Get Back Up” Featuring Faith No More’s Mike Bordin

Dub War, the project featuring Skindred‘s Benji Webbe, have premiered a new video for their new song “Get Back Up.“ This track features Faith No More’s Mike Bordin and it will appear on the band’s new album “Westgate Under Fire,“ which is set to be released on August 5.

The group commented:

“Mike has been a Dub War fan from way back and we were so happy to welcome him on to this track – he really set the pace for all the other drummers on the album. The style and sound of Bordin strikes hard and shines though on ‘Get Back Up‘.💥”

Bordin added:

“In this time of isolation/alienation, it was such a pleasure to be able to groove and flow with my old friend, the mighty Mr. Benji Webbe. Welcome back Dub War, and thanks for bringing me along on your ride.

Webbe’s lyrics are on time and strongly on point, encouraging and inspirational in a time when we can all use a lift. Being asked to play on this Dub War song ‘Get Back Up‘ couldn’t have come at a better time. This album ‘Westgate Under Fire‘ is truly bringing the fire…”

Faith No More Release Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio Mixes Of “Epic,“ “Midlife Crisis,” And “Easy“

Faith No More have released new Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio mixes Of “Epic,“ “Midlife Crisis,” and their cover of The Commodores‘ “Easy.“ The band commented:

“We’re happy to share that three of our songs (“Epic,” “Midlife Crisis,” and “Easy”) have been released in Dolby ATMOS/Spatial Audio, under the careful eyes of original producer, Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy, co-mixer. Those mixes are now available via Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL.”

Matt Wallace Discusses Producing Faith No More’s “The Real Thing” In New Episode Of Gibson TV’s “Behind The Boards”

Gibson TV have shared a new episode of their “Behind The Board” series. This one finds Matt Wallace discussing his time producing Faith No More’s “The Real Thing.”

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Etc.) Digitally Releases His Cover Of The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Theme Song

Faith No More frontman Mike Patton’s cover of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” theme song has received a digital release as part of the soundtrack for the newly released video game “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.” You can check that out below. Physical copies of the soundtrack will be released on October 28.

Rammstein, Faith No More, Agnostic Front, Etc. Members Cover The Beatles’ “Come Together” To Raise Money For Ukraine

Christian Petke (COP International) and John Fryer have recruited members of Rammstein, Faith No More, Agnostic Front, Stabbing Westward, Revolting Cocks, Gravity Kills, and more for a cover of The Beatles‘ “Come Together.“ The track, which was recorded under the name Lifeline International, was released to raise money for Ukraine, which is currently subject to an unprovoked invasion by Russia. Fans can purchase the track on Bandcamp.

Here’s a full list of contributors:

  • Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Black Needle Noise)
  • Billy Gould (Faith No More, Brujeria, Wayne Kramer/MC5)
  • Richard Kruspe (Rammstein)
  • Jeff Scheel (Gravity Kills)
  • Christopher Hall & Walter Flakus (Stabbing Westward)
  • Mark Hockings (Mesh, blackcarburning)
  • Rodney Orpheus (The Cassandra Complex)
  • Roger Miret (Agnostic Front)
  • Geno Lenardo (Filter)
  • Lisa K (Basement Jaxx, The Bellrays, The Crystal Method)
  • Matt Walker (Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Morrissey)
  • The Hardkiss (Award-Winning Ukrainian Band)
  • Lukas Rossi (Winner, Rock Star: Supernova)
  • Ginny Luke (Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder)
  • John Vaughn (TV and Movie Scores)
  • Talon Majors
  • Eric Tomes (Awaiting Eli)
  • Mari Kattman (Mari Kattman, Helix)
  • Th3Count & SLam/Stephen Lam (Deathline International)
  • Diana Noir (Junksista)
  • Dan Milligan & James Scott (The Joy Thieves, The Burying Kind)
  • Ania Tarnowska (I Ya Toyah, The Joy Thieves)
  • Yvette Winkler (Vaselyne, Black Needle Noise)
  • Jim Semonik (Red Lokust)
  • Steven Archer (Stoneburner, Ego Likeness)
  • Tom Berger (Johnny Tupolev)
  • Joe Virus (Solemn Assembly)
  • James & Michelle Perry (Ashes Fallen)
  • Sean Hazebruck (Sick Jokes)
  • GW Childs IV (GW Childs IV)

Petke and Fryer commented:

“Several weeks ago, a humanitarian catastrophe of colossal proportions began to unfold before our very eyes. Like millions of others around the world, my friend John Fryer and I found ourselves overwhelmed with waves of shock, intense anger, and profound sadness as we watched the horrific events in Eastern Europe.

The day the Ukrainian invasion began, our hearts began to ache, and they haven’t stopped since. They are hurting for everyone whose lives and well-being are being endangered; from the victims of the bombings to the thousands of Russians protestors who have already been arrested, to the millions of displaced people, to the inexperienced Russian conscripts who find themselves being used as ‘cannon fodder’ in a war they never wanted.

From those intense feelings, an idea was born. An idea that was inspired by Bob Geldof’s Live Aid concerts in the ’80s, and fed by our intense desire to be able to actively help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The end result is ‘Come Together (We Will Stop You)‘ by Lifeline International; a cover of ‘Come Together‘ by The Beatles, featuring performances from current and former members of bands such as Faith No More, Stabbing Westward, Rammstein, Filter, The Hardkiss (Ukraine), Revolting Cocks, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Agnostic Front, Basement Jaxx, Gravity Kills, The Cassandra Complex, Mesh, blackcarburning, Deathline International, Vaselyne, and Black Needle Noise to raise money and awareness for the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Our number one goal for ‘Come Together (We Will Stop You)‘ is to directly and quickly help the people who need it the most. One of the most crucial parts of that process is ensuring that every last dollar that we raise is used properly, which is why we have chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds to UNICEF. Not only are they a long-standing organization that people already know and trust, but they are famously transparent when it comes to the money that passes through their organization. We have been in touch with them, and we’re pleased to report that we can designate every last dollar raised specifically for the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Keeping this affordable is also important to us, so the minimum donation is only $1. But because the cause is so important, we are actively encouraging everyone to donate up to their comfort level.

Let’s ALL ‘Come Together‘ and show the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe that we hear them and that we truly care.

Christian and John”

Official Faith No More Pen-And-Paper RPG Announced

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a new Faith No More tabletop game. The authorized pen-and-paper RPG will be called “The Real Thing” and fans can donate to it through Kickstarter.

Here’s a description of the game:

“The Real Thing is a self-contained, story-driven, pen-and-paper tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) inspired by the music of Faith No More. Specifically, we have drawn significant story elements and inspiration from Faith No More’s album from 1989 entitled The Real Thing. It was groundbreaking at the time and remains one of the best albums ever created, in our humble opinions. More to the point, however, is the fact that many of the songs revolve around similar themes and ideas, making it a perfect album around which to craft a concept RPG.

As fans of Faith No More and their music, we have poured our whole hearts into this project. We have received official backing from the band to use their material and to present our interpretations of their content and themes in this first-ever Faith No More role-playing game. We couldn’t be more excited!

While the concept for the story is grounded in the music and words from the album of the same name, it also pulls in themes and other elements from other Faith No More titles. Song titles and lyrics from every Faith No More album are included judiciously as a gesture of fandom and respect for one of our favorite artists.

Our plan is for this to be the first of a five-part series. The subsequent releases will follow the themes from Angeldust, King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime, Album of the Year, and Sol Invictus, in that order. We anticipate, each of these zines expanding on the stories and characters presented in The Real Thing.”