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King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime (1995)

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Yes, this is the third consecutive album to make this list. Some killer tracks on Album of the Year made it tempting to put that album in this slot, but since the band itself doesn’t like that album, King for a Day became the default. However, after revisiting both albums, King for a Day is clearly the obvious choice here.

As mentioned in the previous entry, this was the first album without Jim Martin, who was replaced by Mr. Bungle’s Trey Spruance in the studio and Faith No More’s keyboard roadie, Dean Menta, on tour. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum was also absent for much of the writing and recording of this album, owing to the death of his father and Kurt Cobain, as Courtney Love is Bottum’s close friend.

King for a Day was met largely with unfavorable reviews upon its release. However, these were from mainstream media sources, and by this time Faith No More had established themselves as a band that didn’t bend to trends. More important than any criticism, fans like this album, and it’s stood the test of time, sounding as fresh today as it did in 1995.

Just as with Angel Dust, King for a Day bent and distorted genres, incorporating quite a bit of Latin influence, to form something wholly original and unlike anything else on the market. It was also clear that Mike Patton had matured exponentially as a vocalist, in all styles, from clean singing to rock howls and to death growls. Billy Gould on bass also stands out as his playing had been moved up in the mix.

This is one of those albums that you want in your collection just to prove to heavy metal naysayers that heavy metal is full of talent, diversity, and more than just noise. Respectfully, however, King for a Day may appeal more to Mike Patton fans than strict Faith No More fans.

Rock Hard \m/

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