It's been four years since the release of Faith No More's heralded comeback album, Sol Invictus, and three since the group's last live show. Since then, the trailblazing alt-metal band has been on "an extended break," according to singer Mike Patton. That looks to be changing: Faith No More has updated its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts with a mysterious image featuring the band's eight-pointed star logo framing a snow-capped mountain top, along with the teasing caption, "psssst..."
Last year, keyboardist Roddy Bottum revealed that he had been making new music with his Faith No More bandmates Billy Gould (bass) and Mike Bordin (drums). "I will periodically go to San Francisco and make music with those guys," he said while guesting on "The Ring, the Cage, and the Stage." "What we do is a really special, unique thing that we kind of share — especially, like, me and Mike Bordin and Billy … We were super young — we were, like, 18, 19 years old — when we started making music, so we kind of get in the room and we have a language that speaks really loud and really clear, at least to the three of us. I mean, where it goes is questionable, but we have sort of a language that's kind of undeniable in a really sort of family sense. And I think we all acknowledge that it's not something that any of us wanna turn our backs on, and it's kind of fun to do. So in the hopes of pushing things forward and making new music, we continue to do that, to get together and make new sounds and just have a dialogue about prospects and songs and where we go in the future."
Appearing on Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show in 2017, Patton remained open to ending the hiatus and restarting activities with Faith No More once again. "It's one of those things. It's kind of like going to a family reunion," he explained, "and you get along with your uncle, and then you're, like, 'Oh, we're gonna go to the next barbecue.' 'OK, fine,''" he said. "I mean, that's really the way it is with us."