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Puscifer Tour 2015 dates on the way

Update 14-Aug-2015: The date has been removed from Ticketmaster. I’d say the show is still likely to happen, but I wouldn’t go booking flights or anything just yet. I suspect we’ll get an announcement of the full tour next week if the reported on-sale date is anything to go by.

The first date of the Puscifer Tour 2015 (aside from the Monster Mash Fest show) has been announced, and it’s at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH on November 20. Tickets go on sale on the 20th of August via Ticketbastard.

Since we’re expecting the new Puscifer album Money Shot to be released on October 30, we should also expect that there will be some new songs played in this tour, including the new track Grand Canyon.

Thanks to fortysixand2 for the tip!

Puscifer Tour 2015

June newsletter updated to include “The Deal”?

Yodhehvauheh_ pointed out in the comments section of the page that the 2015 Tool June Newsletter has been updated finally. Part of it we already know, in that Puscifer are playing at the Monster Mash Festival in Arizona. The other part is something a little more cryptic.

From the June Newsletter:

THE DEAL

What should be of interest is the deal… I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

PUSCIFER ADDED TO MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP

PUSCIFER has been added to the MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP and is set to perform on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER, 1 on the WEST STAGE.

What is the Deal?” I hear you say? There have been some strong rumours about the place that there would be further Tool shows later this year. I had it suggested to me that LA (most likely the Staples Center) was likely to be one of these dates The Deal could be suggesting that the negotiation behind getting shows set up or almost done and the contracts close to being signed. This being the case I’d expect some kind of announcement in the coming weeks.

Of course it could mean something else…

Is a Tool show at the Staples Center part of The Deal?

Aussie readers: Don’t forget Yob this August!

Just in case you guys have forgotten, Tool touring buddies Yob are hitting our Australian shores this August for a range of shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The great news for me is that an Adelaide show was added to the tour, which wasn’t included in the original announcement. I’ll be there, and am really looking forward to it.

Dates for the tour are:

Perth – August 19 – Rosemount Hotel
Adelaide – August 20 – Enigma Bar
Melbourne – August 21 – Max Watt’s
Sydney – August 22 – Manning Bar
Brisbane – August 23 – Crowbar

Tickets on sale now through http://lifeisnoise.com.au/, Oztix and venue outlets.

Yob Australia Tour

Yob released their latest album Clearing the Path To Ascend last year, and it’s a great album that made it to my top 10 (and also yours). If you haven’t done so already, I suggest checking it out. Below is one of the tracks from the album – Marrow

Puscifer Officially Added to Monster Mash

As expected, Puscifer have officially been added to the Monster Mash lineup on November 1st with Linkin Park, Rob Zombie and Deftones. No word on if Drown By Mom will also be playing. Get tickets here!

Puscifer added to Monter Mash

Tool July 2015 Newsletter

Blair has published the Tool July 2015 Newsletter on Toolband this morning, and this time around it addresses Pluto, interviewing parking bollards, and hints at some further work being done on the new Tool album. It also gives Fourtheye a few plugs!

Okay, by now some of you might be thinking, “fuck this expansive mind-stuff! I’m going to go to the fourtheye site to see if there’s any real news?” Fine, but if you leave now, you won’t hear about my plan to personally interview one of the new parking bollards at the Tool loft/rehearsal space. That’s right! In keeping with my ‘leave no stone unturned, fine-tooth comb’ reporting style, I wasn’t going to let any identity-separation illusion get in my way of finding out what one of the highly-visible barriers thinks about Maynard’s new vocals, which I believe that the band members have heard in some stage of development on a particular track or two? No, sharing my mind with a non-conscious thing seemed like a no brainer…

At also hints that the name of the new album could start with a “P”. Parking Bollards? Pluto Rising? Potato? Puscifers? Any other suggestions from you guys?

Also, don’t forget to head on down to the Baked Potato for one of their fine spuds. My personal favorite is the Chicken Parmesan Potato, washed down with at least two beers.

A Parking Bollard

Danny Carey pays tribute to Vic Firth

Many of you would be aware that Vic Firth passed away on the 26th of July. Vic was best known as the founder of a company that designs and manufactures drumsticks, including those that Danny Carey uses.

Danny is one of their signature artists and his custom drumstick features “a cut-in design at the gripping area for improved comfort and a tapered butt end for improved balance”. I own a pair, and I’d agree they are a unique design, though a little heavy for my personal tastes.

Danny had the following tribute for Vic, which was posted on Toolband recently:

“The world has lost one of its greatest percussionist. Vic Firth, who was the principal timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 45 years, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Vic was a gentleman, scholar, and a father figure to me and everyone I knew that associated with him in the percussion world. His love and knowledge of drumming, stick and mallet making, and… cooking will be an inspiration for generations to come. Vic’s kindness and generosity always shined through. I knew I could call him at any hour and he would call back sharing his wealth of information and help me solve any problem I had come to him with. He will be dearly missed.”
Danny Carey

Danny Carey with his Vic Firth sticks

Puscifer Grand Canyon and Money Shot

As promised, today sees the release of the new track from Puscifer – Grand Canyon. The track itself doesn’t stray far from what you’d expect from Puscifer, and it has a cool video to accompany it.

Also revealed is the title of the new Puscifer album, Money Shot. According to Rolling Stone we can expect to see it released on October 30, 2015.

While Tool continue to drag out the suspense surrounding the long-overdue follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days – and to prank the exasperated fans awaiting it – the band’s ever-prolific singer Maynard James Keenan has another record in the pipeline from his electro-rock project Puscifer. The group will release its third album, Money Shot, on October 30th, and has offered the first sights and sounds from the new LP with the video for “Grand Canyon,” which can be viewed above.

The video for Puscifer Grand Canyon is directed by Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer and Ghost Atomic. It’s shot by Gavin Fisher and Odin Wadleigh and edited by Odin Wadleigh and Michael Marlett.

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014

The poll has closed this years Best Albums of 2014 list, and the votes have been counted! 151 people voted in this years poll, with 671 votes resulting in about 300 albums being nominated this time round. I usually aim to have a top 10, but this time around there was a tie for the final spot, so there’s actually 11 albums in this years list!

I present to you the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014 list!

10. Foundations Of Burden – Pallbearer & The Ape Of God – Old Man Gloom

Equal tenth are two bands that crank out consistently good metal albums. Old Man Gloom, who are a supergroup featuring members of Isis, Converge and Cave-in fooled the world a couple of months ago be releasing a decoy album, and then the real thing. Some would say the decoy is as good as the actual album!

Pallbearer followed up their excellent debut album with a new doom metal classic Foundations of Burden.

9. The Grey Chapter – Slipknot

Nice voting here guys. Never before have I felt the need to doctor the results for the Fourtheye poll, and believe me, the temptation was strong this time around. /end rant

8. To Be Kind – The Swans

The Swans seem to be a firm favorite with Fourtheye readers these days, and for many their latest album didn’t disappoint.

7. The Joy of Motion – Animals As Leaders

Animals As Leaders followed up the excellent Weightless with the equally excellent The Joy Of Motion. Excellent instrumental progressive metal with a formidable live reputation – just don’t call them djent!

6. The Endless River – “Pink Floyd”

This seemingly endless album by parts of Pink Floyd seemed to have been well received by many readers.

5. Clearing The Path To Ascend – Yob

Yob continue on their upward path to become one of the most respected doom metal bands out there. Clearing The Path To Ascend is a great addition to their existing catalogue.

4. Pale Communion – Opeth

Some die-hard fans may argue that Opeth aren’t the same band that they used to be, but for many the 70s prog rock styling of their latest Pale Communion rang true.

3. Syro – Aphex Twin

Richard D. James takes about the same amount of time to produce records as Tool do, and 2014 was the year when the next Aphex Twin album was released by the well know Drum & Bass artist into the wild (the last one, Drukqs was released in 2001 not long after Lateralus). It would appear to have been well received by many Fourtheye readers!

2. Sines – Jakob

Jakob seem to be a regular Tool support act these days (especially when touring Down Under), and in 2014 they released their long awaited album Sines. Instrumental Post-Rock is their genre of choice, and you won’t find many better examples of this going around.

1. Once More ‘Round The Sun – Mastodon

Mastodon’s latest album appears to be regarded as one of their best. As a band they seemed to have moved onto the safer ground of more traditional songwriting rather than the more progressive work of their earlier albums, but the catchiness of the tunes, not to mention the high quality instrumental work have elevated this album to Fourtheye’s favorite of 2014.

Congratulations Mastodon!

Feel free to take a look at my top 10, which shares quite a few (not Slipknot) from this list!

Tool January Newsletter

Blair released the Tool January Newletter today, despite the fact it’s February.  It talks about, and includes a picture of a bug found in a readers Vicarious DVD, and includes a vision, which may or may not mean something.  Not sure what to make of it, but the reference to various Toolarmy Ranks and so on could have some meaning.  Change coming to the website soon perhaps?

There’s also a picture of Danny at the recent NBA All-Stars game.  Looks like he could only get a seat in the nosebleed section!

Puscifer Signed Tour Posters on Ebay

Milla emailed me today to tell me that three of the signed tour posters are up on Ebay, each starting at $100.  According to the item notes:

There were 3 Puscifer shows this weekend, (Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, and today (Sunday the 15th). There were UNIQUE posters for each show that are ONLY BEING SOLD ON THEIR RESPECTIVE NIGHTS. (meaning that if you went on Friday the 13th, you could only get the Friday the 13th poster … you could NOT get the Saturday or Sunday poster unless you went back to the concert on those nights as well).

Regular Posters were $25.00 (unsigned), and there was a LIMITED number of AUTOGRAPHED SETS for $300.00 which included ALL 3 POSTERS, each signed by Maynard !!!!!!! The Merch booth told me that there were ONLY 20 OF THESE SETS AVALIABLE !!!!

Links are worth checking if only to see what they look like.

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