ALBUM REVIEW: Ibaraki – Rashomon


Ibaraki is the new solo project from Trivium’s Matt Heafy, and Rashomon is released through Nuclear Blast, having been over a decade in the making. The name translates as “Wild Trees”, but is also taken from a terrifying Japanese demon of feudal legend, and the concept is a profound affirmation of Heafy’s Japanese-American heritage, incorporating a number of different musical styles. Although the main inspiration clearly sits within the black etal genre, taking influence from the experience of Emperor’s Ihsahn, who co-produced, and whose quirkier ideas from his solo work are peppered throughout the release. Continue reading


Puscifer Books “Existential Reckoning” Headline Tour


Puscifer will bring their theatrical and immersive live show to stages across the USA this summer their first full tour since 2016. They will also appear at Bonnaroo Festival. Featuring Maynard James Keenan (Tool, a perfect circle), Mat Mitchell, and Carina Round tour in support of their album from 2020, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG). The dates, which kick off June 9 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, include the group’s largest scale performances to date with shows slated for Los Angeles’ venerable Greek Theatre (site of Keenan’s one-time-only Cinquanta mini festival), Brooklyn’s movie palace-turned-concert-hall Kings Theater and the state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom in Denver. Moodie Black will open all dates. Watch a music video from Agent Dick Merkin of Pusciforce, with his report. Tickets go on-sale Feb. 18th, 2022 at the link below.

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Maynard James Keenan’s “A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Divine Collisions And Pythagorean Oenology” Debuts On Nov.12 via Puscifer TV


 

As we previously reported, Puscifer is launching Puscifer TV on November 12th, an on-demand service for the bands video content past, [present, and future. Newly announced is the Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool, aperfectcircle) led “A Curmudgeon’s Guide To Divine Collisions And Pythagorean Oenology” special. It features a candid one-on-one conversation from 2016 “A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things” Book Tour.” The one-on-one conversation with Keenan finds the musician/vintner in New York City discussing the New York Times Best Seller, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.” Moderated by legendary radio producer Roxy Myzal, the hour-plus conversation covers all facets of Keenan’s life. The special also will see the debut of the never-before-seen video “Gallileo.” The additional title joins the previously announced Puscifer TV releases arriving on Nov. 12 (with pre-orders available now via Puscifer.com): “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti,” “Billy D and The Hall of Feathered Serpents Featuring Money $hot by Puscifer,” and “What Is… Puscifer.” An accompanying capsule collection featuring exclusive merch items is also available via the band’s website. Watch the trailer now

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Aftershock 2021 Announces Running Order and Onsite Experiences


Coming up next week in Sacramento, California, the sold-out Aftershock Festival has announced their full weekend performance times and running order, Onsite Experiences, and Food & Beverage Offerings for the four day long music fest. Metallica will headline two nights with The Original Misfits, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Anthrax, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against, Volbeat, Testament, Gojira, Mastodon, Seether, Mudvayne, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Mammoth WVH, and tons more bands. It takes place October 7-10 Festival at Discovery Park!

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Tool Releases New Merch Line For “10,000 Days” Anniversary


Tool marked the 15th anniversary of the release of their 10,000 Days (Volcano, Tool Dissectional) album on May 2nd, 2021 with a new line of special themed merch. Among the typical shirts, hoodies, and hats, there are pillows, pint glasses, a sherpa blanket, and the Vicarious single/video DVD for sale at their store. 2021 is a special year for Tool album milestones as Lateralus (read our review here) just turned 20 years old, and Ænima will see a 25th anniversary this fall. The band was supposed to be on the road touring being Fear Inoculum, but has been largely inactive since the lockdown as vocalist Maynard James Kennan contracted COVID-19 twice and released a new album with Puscifer, while Adam Jones put out an instrumental single and video with the help of fellow bandmates Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Tool – “Lateralus”


In the year of our lord, two-thousand and one, a musical miracle happened. After years embroiled in the first (and certainly not the last) major album jeopardizing lawsuit of their career, Tool, released Laterals (Volcano). The David Botrill produced album kicked off a new musical era for the band that was only hinted at on 1996’s Aenima (Volcano).

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Puscifer – “Money Shot Live”


During the very strange time that is the Covid quarantine era, livestreams have become quite popular over the last year. Having seen a few of them, they are well produced and are meant to feel as if one is at the show, albeit with no one else around, and have been quite popular. Having said that, the latest Puscifer livestream entitled Billy D and the Hall of Feathered Serpents featuring Money Shot is on a whole different level! Starting off with Billy D (portrayed by Maynard James Keenan) ending up in an underground luchador bar with “bartesians” serving up experiences in a glass, each drink served up is named after a track from the Money Shot album.

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Maynard James Kennan Says Full-Album Livestreams of Early Puscifer Albums Will Likely Happen in The Future


Puscifer, by Meg Loyal Photography

This weekend Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool, a perfect circle) band Puscifer will host a livestream event in which they will perform all of their 2016 Money $hot album in full. Enter to win tickets from Ghost Cult at this link! This weekend’s activities follow their first livestream for their Existential Reckoning album release event last fall. In a new interview with Revolver, Kennan revealed since the band doesn’t know when touring will resume for them, they expect to do more livestreams and mentioned both the Conditions of My Parole and V is For Vagina albums as examples. He also discusses his recovery from COVID-19 (twice), his love of Lucha Libre Wrestlers, some of the storyline behind the ongoing characters in the music of Puscifer, and much more.

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Maynard James Keenan Talks New Puscifer Album, Aliens, and COVID-19 with STROMBO on Apple Music


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.

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