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NEW FAITH NO MORE KICKS ARSE
As I sit here typing this week’s column, I’m listening to an advance of the new Faith No More album, Sol Invictus. Look for a review here in Beat around the time of the Friday May 15 release date, but for now I’ll just say this: unless you’re one of those people who finds comfort in familiarity, you’re gonna love it. Faith No More have never made any two albums that sounded alike and this is no different; it sounds like Faith No More but not like any Faith No More you’ve heard before. Just like every other new album. And they’ve very cleverly stacked most of the already-heard tracks near the end of the album, saving us from that, ‘Aww I’ve already heard this’ feeling when a band pre-releases a bunch of tracks from early in the track list.
 
OH, AND SPEAKING OF FAITH NO MORE…
Rhino Records is celebrating the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish Faith no More’s musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of The Real Thing and Angel Dust. Each album will be offered as a two-disc CD set that includes the original release accompanied by a second disc filled with rarities related to the album. Both will be available on Friday June 12, 2015. In addition to the CD set there will also be a double LP, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August. Howzabout a King For A Day …Fool For A Lifetime reissue next featuring the live show the did a couple of years ago with Trey Spruance back on guitar just for that gig?
 
LET THERE BE TALK
If you haven’t heard it yet you have to check out comedian (and huge AC/DC fan) Dean Delray’s podcast, Let There Be Talk. Dean’s a rocker from way back and he has plenty of great music guests. Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen, Don Dokken, Duff McKagan, Dweezil Zappa, Brendon Small and dozens more. You can hear it on iTunes and on allthingscomedy.com. I saw him perform at The Comedy Store in LA earlier this year and I laughed my arse off.
 
ACE FREHLEY THIS WEEKEND
Don’t forget: the one, the only, the legendary Ace Frehley is in town this weekend. The KISS axeman plays on Saturday May 2 at The Forum Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. Frehley is supporting his new album Space Invader and will be playing solo tracks as well as KISS klassics.
 
THE SMITH STREET BAND ANNOUNCED ON READING & LEEDS FESTIVALS
Whoa. Awesome news for Melbourne troubadours The Smith Street Band. They’ll return to Europe this August, scoring a slot on the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals alongside the likes of Metallica, Refused, The Libertines and many more. The quartet will play 16 shows, including several festivals, across mainland Europe, culminating in their appearance at the dual UK festivals in Reading and Leeds. The news comes amidst a flurry of exciting announcements for the band, who early last week were included as part of this year's huge Splendour in the Grass line-up and will also headline the Poison City Weekender festival in their hometown Melbourne this September, with the 170 Russell show selling out in just four days.
 
SATYRICON TAKE YOU TO THE OPERA
Unrestrained pioneers. Avantgardists. K.I.N.G.s – all this and more is the nature of the primal force and the dark beauty that is Satyricon. Front icon Satyr and drummer extraordinaire Frost have broken loose from the shackles of genre restrictions a long time ago and chose to tread their own paths exclusively. On albums such as Volcano, Now, Diabolical or The Age Of – sometimes even on stage – the Norwegians have collaborated with orchestras and choirs again and again. Now Satyr`s most grandiose dream became flesh with Live at the Opera. On September 8 2013 Satyricon shared the stage with the Norwegian Opera Choir in Oslo – a monumental extravaganza that has been captured on DVD and two bonus- CDs as a whole. It’s out on Friday May 1 via Napalm Records.
 
GRAVE PLEASURES NAMES NEW DRUMMER, SIGNS WITH SONY
Grave Pleasures - formerly known as Beastmilk - now complete their impressive and illustrious lineup with new drummer Uno Bruniusson (co-founding member of now laid to rest Swedish band In Solitude, drummer for Procession). And the band has just signed a record deal with Sony Music, including Sony Music Australia. They’re now heading into the studio with Tom Dalgety, and frontman Mat McNerney says we can, "expect a recording of raw, wild, intense and desperate punk that could ignite any dank bunker or collapse a stadium."