Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, August 25 * * * *

The return of Faith No More was undoubtedly the most eagerly-awaited gig of this year’s Edge Festival. Eleven years on since they split, the pioneers of alternative metal reunited back in February, much to the delight of their legions of loyal fans. Little wonder then that tonight’s show sold out in a matter of hours.
They may have arrived thirty minutes late but ultimately the delay only served to heighten the sense of anticipation. The theme from Midnight Cowboy made for an atmospheric if somewhat sombre opener but as you’d expect it was the calm before the inevitable storm.
A whirlwind of sound erupted on cue with From Out Of Nowhere and Be Aggressive, both bursting out of the blocks with the help of a charged-up Mike Patton, the singer’s immense presence and maniacal delivery instantly galvanizing the packed crowd.
For sheer exhilaration there was no beating the colossal Midlife Crisis, complete with Eastenders theme, and the epic Epic. Played back to back they proved a potent reminder of just how explosive Faith No More’s music can be.
Overall the five-piece was simply unstoppable. Even the poor sound synonymous with the Corn Exchange couldn’t take the edge off what was a sublimely brutal barrage from San Francisco’s finest.