As expected A Perfect Circle have dropped their new single today entitled The Doomed. You can listen to it via the Youtube clip below.
Personally, I think it’s alright – certainly the best thing they’ve released since Thirteenth Step. Will be interesting to see how the rest of the album sounds. Certainly has a couple of Puscifer-like moments, which is not entirely unexpected, but it chugs along nicely.
What do you guys think?
TOO MUCH PUSCIFER… It’s meh… Has too much of a political feel to it almost. I haven’t liked anything since Thirteenth Step though so that’s just me. I also am not a fan of Puscifer.
The song is “ok” at best. Take out the political shit that Gaynard insists on pushing on the audience, and it moves up 1 small notch to “decent”. Should have known he couldn’t keep his liberal agenda to himself…a damn shame. Let’s hope he can keep it out of Tool, but highly doubtful.
Your last point is what I was thinking. I hope Tool music doesn’t become politicized by Maynard’s liberalism. I don’t mind that too much, I just want some good music. I think it might just be because I’ve never been A Perfect Circle fan. The song was meh. IDK if it was just me but Maynard’s voice sounded a little weak in this song. Maybe its just because he was using effects on his voice. Or maybe he was using the effects to mask the fact his voice is weakening. Personally, I don’t mind when Maynard uses these things, he… Read more »
Billy wrote all of this. Sure you arent making up all this puscifer stuff?
Maynards vocals aren’t really APC style here they are moreso in the vein of how he sings with Puscifer. Billy doesn’t write Maynards lyrics to my knowledge.
I agree 🙂 it was my understanding that this is Billys brainchild. I belive there was an interview of one of the band members saying that bringing on maynard (who was already reputable) could alter the way the band was percieved.
Read Maynard’s book and you’ll get the real story. Maynard liked what Billy was working on and asked if he could lend his lyrics and vocals. Billy wanted a female vocalist so Maynard approached it from the perspective of a woman and tried to utilize his vocals in a more feminine fashion. Billy never wrote the lyrics to my knowledge but writes all of the music. The first album was recorded in Billy’s home studio which is astounding. In the book Maynard speaks from a sense that he didn’t want anybody to recognize him because he didn’t want it to… Read more »
Preachy politicized lyrics ruined it. Could have been “decent”, but I can’t imagine ever wanting to listen to this. Nothing new musically or surprising really either.
Doesn’t bode well for Tool. Maybe they should just not bother.
“Certainly the best they’ve released since 13th step?” C’mon.
There is a clear lyrical motif emerging with all of these new songs. By and Down was at least the most generalized with it’s Pied Piper metaphor; this track however, is the worst offender. And all of them have had at or below average instrumentation when held in contrast to MDN and 13th Step.
This track is discouraging. I’m not excited.
Personally, I pay little attention to the lyrics. It didn’t strike me as overly political – no more so that his other work.
And yes, there is nothing on eMotive that I prefer over this track (nor do I think that highly of By and Down)
We’ll more power to you. These lyrics are begging for attention that isn’t deserved.
Boring, on-the-nose, sociopolitical commentary.
[imo]This and Hourglass are easily the worst things to come out of this project… so much so that I wish they hadn’t. ‘By and Down’ and Feathers aren’t spectacular, but they are head and shoulders above these last two offerings.[/imo]
I certainly prefer “Passive” over this track or anything else outside of the first two albums.
It’s ironic to see the “libtard” leitmotif thrown in when the lyrics actually seem to indicate a disgust with the whole alt-right vs alt-left school fight.
Damn, maybe you’re all a bunch of trumpy-snowflakes if these “liberal-lite” generalized lyrics are getting you all triggered and up in a tizzy? It’s all pretty non-specific and toothless. The song itself is okay.
These lyrics certainly don’t trigger me I just think Maynard has more interesting things to say that aren’t politically or religiously charged. Spiritually charged is a different thing all-together and I welcome that… Truly though, this whole political aspect he drew from started with Emotive… Leaked into 10,000 Days and became what Puscifer is today. If the trend keeps up I think I’m going to have some gripes about the new TOOL album (that is nonexistent until it exists). I’m so sick of politics and I don’t want it in the music that I enjoy. We see political shit everywhere… Read more »
It’s okay to want an escape from the woes of the world and the political landscape. A lot of people in the world don’t have the opportunity to “get away” from politics though. A lot of people don’t have the option to be apolitical. Don’t be surprised that the entertainment of the times reflect that.
And what would be a more “interesting” route? Talking about his mom again?
I find the statement “maynard has a lot more interesting things to say” definately worth reflecting on.
After reading his book and of course listening to their best album “Lateralus” a billion times… I think he can do better. It just feels too straight forward and honestly the content for me is boring. He’s just saying everything else everybody else is saying on repeat. I understand there are people that can’t “escape” or use the music as an “escape” but I really enjoyed the era of Maynard using deep introspection and making sense of the world around him. Regardless if it’s about his mom, his son or his many other life experiences. He’s capable of articulating things… Read more »
Almost completely agree with this statement right here.
Well said, Z-werewolf.
I like it and Im glad APC are happening again – hope they tour Europe
Funny… I remember a day that it would be perfectly acceptable for Maynard to rewrite the sermon on the mount.
Now that makes him too damn liberal.
Agreed. All these comments from snowflake ex fanboys, that shouldnt even be commenting on this site in the first place, make me never want to open the comment section on this website.
Yeah, weird comments today. It’s like people are trying so hard to get offended these days.
While I don’t think this is his finest work by any means, Maynard penning political lyrics is hardly a new thing.
Looking for something to be offended nails it. I don’t even see it as that political. It’s more of a poke in the eye of the modern church that should be helping people according to their own doctrine. Nowhere does he say to give you money to the government.
Really appreciate what you do with the site btw… I don’t comment much, but I come here often.
“While I don’t think this is his finest work by any means, Maynard penning political lyrics is hardly a new thing.”
HB, name a few that aren’t covers and aren’t “recent”.
I for one miss Reverend Maynard.
“Grab a pole, grab a holy pole. Start fucking!”
I really don’t care if Maynard is “too liberal” or not honestly whatever that means. I’m also not offended in the slightest that APC released a shitty song because let’s be honest… that’s what it is.
Myself and many others here are merely expressing their opinions. APC hasn’t released any good songs in a long time so I’m not surprised nor disappointed.
If you guys want conservative political anthems, you are listening to the wrong bands. If you don’t see that there is a problem that requires a response like this from artists that are aware, then you are part of the problem. Go listen to Toby Keith talk about how his boot smells like a terrorist’s ass.
A response from an artist isn’t doing anything for anybody. Did you hear about Eminem “Slamming” Trump in a “Freestyle”? What a joke that was… Still doesn’t join our nation together. This place is fucked right now and people need to stop looking to celebrities and artists like they are going to change something. Laziness all around. For the record for anybody else reading. My first comment said it “Has too much of a political FEEL to it.” … maybe I meant “Preachy”… What I’m saying is, the lyrics seem really surface level and as if he is drilling a… Read more »
“Go listen to Toby Keith talk about how his boot smells like a terrorist’s ass.”
It’s a hell of a lot better than the other two new songs they were playing while touring recently. But it’s still not very interesting instrumentally or melodically.
I thought musically it was a fun, bad ass song. Sounded like a perfect october halloween time song. Yea, its politically charged, duh. The whole country is politically charged right now. He is just singing about whats on his mind i can only assume. And it really seems like by the final lines of the song, (fuck the doomed, youre on your own) he is just echoing the usual maynardism of making his own path. He was acknowledging the evil in the world, but also saying, fuck the doomed, the pure of heart, im going my way. Which maybe we… Read more »
Plus too, just listen to the music, its pretty damn well written. Can any of you schmucks try and write and compose a better song than that 😉 again, musically, very well written, i admire the whole bands craft. Talented guys.
I’m still very excited to see them Saturday at Aftershock no doubt.
I am mature enough to listen to someone I don’t necessarily agree with politically if they’ve got talent. Some of you are like the fucking students at American universities that riot and shout down opinions you don’t want to hear because you’re too fragile or too intellectually lazy to engage in debate.
Also I know I see a lot of Tool shirts in trailer parks but when the fuck did the whole fanbase become “Make America Great Again” white trash
What are you on about?
People tuning the music and performance out because of preconceived political beliefs, which implies a lack of objective evaluative powers in regard to the new song. It’s strange to me simply because the realm of political opinion is sacrosanct to them; these same folks didn’t object to Stinkfist because they didn’t like or want to fist someone/be fisted, and they never had a problem with the mystic gobbledegook and occult lyrics of Tool (I know people all across the religious spectrum singing along to “as above so below” on Lateralus). Just wondering why they love Maynard’s expressions of any other… Read more »
For the record I’m not trying to hype the new song. I think it’s just “OK”, but usually the singles suck or are average anyway (ie does anyone think Schism, Judith, Weak and Powerless etc are the best tracks on their respective LPs?)
Judith is a top 3 APC song for me, but I understand your point.
Interestingly that one is too preachy for me! lol.
No man… I don’t care about his political view at all. This song is just so straight forward and not challenging the mind at all.
I want to ponder the meaning behind what he’s singing.
When he just bluntly tells you the message it seems cheap like a country song.
My point is, the song fucking sucks. It’s boring. There’s no depth to it.
I’ll state again… My opinion and I don’t expect everyone to feel the same.
(insert ignorant complaint about how Maynard is too liberal and insist that my opinion is right because I’m incapable of having a mature conversation)
Am I doing it right?
sorry, I forgot one thing…
(gets overly defensive when someone seems genuinely excited about the prospect of new music without hammering it with unbridled cynicism)
You forgot (creating an argument out of somebody having an opinion that doesn’t coincide with yours)
I bet you’re fun to hang out with
Super fun actually thanks.
I read someone’s comment somewhere that said it reminds them of trans Siberian orchestra and I agree. The music to me is terrible especially the slow parts that sound like creepy holiday music. The only shining part of this song to me is Maynard in like the last 20 seconds where I can hear some tool sound there.