The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.
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.
Maynard James Keenan’s (Tool, a perfect circle) group Puscifer, has shared another new music video- “Bedlamite” – following their previously released clip for “Fake Affront.” The clip features footage from their livestream Existential Reckoning, Live At The Arcosanti. The bands’ new album Existential Reckoning (review here) (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG) is out now. The physical release (Vinyl, Cd & Cassette) available today via Puscifer.Com “Apocalyptical” and they shared a limited edition 7-inch available for Record Store Day’s Black Friday sales. Continue reading
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).
Today is the final Record Store Dayevent of 2020, Record Store Black Friday 2020. While this has been a devastating year for the entire world financially, the music industry has suffered the most. None more so than DIY bands and Record shops, the lifeblood of purchasing music and supporting the ecosystem. As many in the mediahave pointed out, of the countless great Record Store Day special releases out this year, today’s seem to be among the very best including Alice In Chains, Corey Taylor, Chris Cornell, David Gilmour, Anthrax, Puscifer, Post Malone, Masters of Reality, Baroness, Ice-T, Best Coast, Motorhead, Sonny Rollins and many more. If you have the cash and can support record stores and your favorite bands, today is one of the last days in 2020 to do it. Continue reading
Theatrical Electro-Rock group Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan of Tool and a perfect circle has shared a new music video for their recent song “Fake Affront” via SiriusXM Octane website, with footage from their livestream Existential Reckoning, Live At The Arcosanti. The bands’ new album Existential Reckoning (review here) (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG) is out now. The physical release (Vinyl, Cd & Cassette) Available Dec. 11 via Puscifer.Com “Apocalyptical” limited edition 7-inch available for Record Store Day’s Black Friday sales. Continue reading
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”.
Theatrical musical troupe Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, a perfect circle) will release their next album, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG), October 30th, 2020. The album continues the legacy of creating stimulating and confounding musical and twists and turns. Now they have announced a plan to take fans into the Arizona Desert to take fans into the high desert of Arizona with a visually-stunning, livestream concert experience dubbed “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti.” Livestream tickets, as well as a selection of limited edition merchandise exclusive to attendees, are available now via the link below. The event is being co-produced by Danny Wimmer presents (Sonic Temple, Aftershock Festival, Welcome to Rockville) The livestream debuts on Oct. 30 at 3:00 pm Pacific/6:00 pm Eastern/10:00 pm UK/11:00 pm EU and remains on-demand for 72 hours. Watch the teaser for the event now.
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.
Hellfest Open Air recently completed its first-ever online streaming festival. Hopefully, the real thing is coming back next summer! The venerable metal and rock fest announced their lineup for 2021, with most of the bands slated to have played in 2020, but canceled due to COVID-19. Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more will perform. Ten more bands will be added soon. Thirteen bands slated to play in 2020, but cannot attend 2021 include Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red.Continue reading