For those not paying attention, Ticketmaster posted, and then removed a Puscifer date in Cincinatti, Ohio last week. It seems almost certain that we’ll see a list of other tour dates announced. How long the tour will be, and whhat cities it will visit is anyone’s guess. I don’t reckon the tour will be exhaustive, but expect the larger towns across North America to get a show.
An interesting post on Reddit r/toolband today is an AMA featuring Devo Keenan, son of Tool singer Maynard James Keenan. Devo posted a photo of himself to claim authenticity, I can’t really verify it, since I have no idea what he looks like.
Assuming it’s legit, it’s an interesting read. For Tool fans this is the most topical response:
Thanks for coming by! Have you heard any new Tool or Puscifer yet? Whatcha think?! Also, do you see any further Tool albums after the next one?
I’ve heard a little bit, and it sounds very good so far. If there is another Tool album after the next, I’ll probably be dead by then.
He’s a bit vague, but I’ll assume he’s talking about Tool rather than Puscifer.
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!
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 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
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.”
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.
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.
Feel free to take a look at my top 10, which shares quite a few (not Slipknot) from this list!