Faith No More have always gone against the flow. The Americans do so with humour, a healthy sense of perspective, and a strong faith in their own talent. This is not just an exceptional band; they are also of great historical importance. In the 1980s, they were the first to blend metal with funk and hip-hop as the founders of what became known as ‘crossover’. Hits like ‘We Care A Lot’ and ‘Epic’ paved the way for Nirvana, while they also inspired Korn and Limp Bizkit. These musical mavericks next shocked friend and foe alike with a smooth cover of ‘Easy’, the Commodores’ soul classic. This in turn made an impression on bands like System Of A Down and Deftones. The watchword is freedom, the outcome is modern metal. Following five years of inactivity, the San Francisco quintet is once again heading out on a world tour.