A reunited Faith No More will release its first album in 17 years.
A reunited Faith No More will release its first album in 17 years. Contributed

Faith No More preview new album at Soundwave

THE stars aligned for Faith No More's first album in nearly two decades.

The reunited experimental rock band will release its first studio album in 17 years this year.

The San Francisco five-piece called it quits in 1998, reuniting in 2009 for a series of sell-out tours including the 2010 Soundwave Festival.

But it would take another four years before all of the band members would agree on recording and releasing a new album.

"A band like ours has a sensitive nose," drummer Mike Bordin told APN.

"If it smells funny or if it doesn't feel right or if one or more people in the band won't do it, then it doesn't happen. It's like a canary in the coal mine.

"We didn't acknowledge we were going to make an album for quite a while after we'd already started sound tracking.

"It just felt like the right thing to do. But believe me it was questioned, as it should be"

Faith No More's seventh studio album Sol Invictus will be released on May 15.

"It's coming out soon, and I'm stoked," he said.

"I couldn't be prouder of it. It's a hell of a thing."

The band is currently on the road with the Soundwave Festival and will close the two-day event in Brisbane tomorrow night.

Bordin said festival-goers will get to hear a few new songs from the forthcoming album.

"To come to a concert and get stuff like that dropped on your head for the first time can be a lot to take in," he said.

"You're packed into a field, people are standing on your shoes, you're having a drink. These people have other things to do, so we will definitely do a few new songs. Will it be the whole album? No way.

"We're stoked to start the whole cycle, so to speak, of this album with you guys (in Australia)."

Bordin described the album as "like jumping in a massive plastic bag and getting smothered by it."

"The Faith No More elements are there, but to me it doesn't sound like anything we've ever done," he said.

"I want to say it's dark but that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me it's in balance. There's enough heavy there now that maybe hasn't been so evident in the last couple of records.

"When it's right it covers all of the bases and kicks all of the bases' asses."

The Soundwave Festival plays the Brisbane Showgrounds today and tomorrow.

Faith No More plays Stage 1 at 8.30pm tomorrow.

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