Music legend Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer, a perfect circle) appeared on STROMBO’s show on Apple Music Hits to reflect on Puscifer’s most recent album, share stories about his peers, mental health, and his experience getting COVID-19 twice. Listen to STROMBO interview MJK at Apple Music and read select quotes from their chat below.
Deftones had a banner year in 2020, dropping their impeccable Ohms (Reprise Records, review here) and celebrating the 20th anniversary of arguably their best album, White Pony. Unbeknownst to fans, and music journos, there is an entire secret history of White Pony the band revealed this year. For years we had been hearing that the band was interested in a remix album, either of an entire past release or perhaps a new album. It turns out, the band always intended White Pony to have a companion album or EP of remixes, called Black Stallion. Among the fanbase, this potential release lived in the lore of their minds, as much or more than the Eros sessions we may, or may not ever see the light of day (and we understand why guys). Now the band has capped off their year with the fleshed out and realized Black Stallion release (also Reprise).
Deftones previously announced their upcoming reissue of their classic White Pony as well as their planned Black Stallion Remix album! The set will be released on December 11th via Reprise / Warner Records. The band will share an early sneak peek of the Black Stallion album with a new song and visualizer, rumored to be Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park’s remix of “Passenger” ft Maynard James Keenan of Tool. The song will appear this Friday as part of the Adult Swim Online Festival. An All-star cast of peers and legends including DJ Shadow, Robert Smith, Mike Shinoda, Clams Casino, Phantogram, Tourist, and more will reimagine White Pony for its 20th Anniversary (read our retrospective here); Pre-orders are live at the link below. Listen to Purity Ring’s entrancing remix of “Knife Prty” below. Continue reading
Theatrical Rock troupe Puscifer never does anything small and never has. Everything they do feels like an event level thing in an “it’s all happening” way. In the early days of the band, it was singles and EP’s before their debut album. Then it was a Paul Frank clothing drop or a few shows. Now, even in these trying times choking the music industry, the band finds creative ways to top themselves. They just released their new album, Existential Reckoning (read our review here) and for Halloween, they shared a visually striking, possibly insane, and high-quality multi-media livestream performance, Existential Reckoning – Live at The Arcosanti in the Arizona desert.
Puscifer has shared a new music video for their new song “Theorem” from their just-released new album Existential Reckoning (review here), out now via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG. The album is at the top of the Billboard Rock charts. The band celebrated the release of their new album with a huge concert and multimedia livestream concert in the Arizona desert, Existential ReckoningLive at The Arcosanti (review here). The live performance had clues and a mysterious briefcase kept appearing during the show, and now is revealed in the new video for “Theorem”.
Maynard James Keenan’s non-Tool activities include making wine at his vineyard and music with his other projects. After dropping a single at the dawn of the pandemic, “Apocalyptical”, the band has shared more new music and announced a new album. The new single “The Underwhelming” is streaming on all platforms now and the album, Existential Reckoning is dropping, October 30th, via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG. Pre-orders are live, including special vinyl variants and a bundle that comes with Marynard’s wine, at the link below.
Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on.Continue reading
As promised, Maynard James Keenan has released new music with his Puscifer band. HE dropped a new single and a hilarious video for ‘Apocalyptical’, featuring MJK cutting a rug and other weirdness. He gave the first interview on the project’s resurrection to Zane Lowe on “New Music Daily” on Apple Music. The episode is set to air in full on Friday, May 8th, at 9:00 a.m. PT at Apple.co/nmdb1, but a video clip is available now for viewing below.
As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily!Continue reading
The massive Tool tour tolled into the New York City area in mid-November, and there were telltale signs this was not your typical happening. Sure, Tool is an “event” live and there really is no other show like it on earth. That is not an exaggeration. Take the best arena Rock or Metal show you’ve ever seen and ratchet it up to eleven! That is what we are talking about here. In addition to the power of the record-breaking release of Fear Inoculum (Tool Disectional, Volcano, RCA) we were going to get to hear new songs live, some for the first time ever. All the stress Tool fans felt about the wait for the album and how would it be received have all melted away. Time for this very big deal of a show. Continue reading