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Maynard James Keenan: The New Puscifer Album Is Very Close”

It’s not quite finished yet, but Maynard James Keenan says the new Puscifer album is well on the way…

Following the recent release of their first new music in five years, Apocalyptical, Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer are set to unveil their upcoming album this autumn.

The frontman has said that the record – the follow-up to 2015’s Money Shot – isn’t quite finished just yet, but it’s very close and we’re planning for a fall release.”

Speaking to Revolver, Maynard explains how the postponement of Tool’s tour amid the coronavirus pandemic has affected – or, rather, fast-forwarded – the return of Puscifer, stating, Whenever we start getting on a roll with music with Mat [Mitchell, guitar] or any of the projects, I always like to look ahead and plan so I’m not over-promising. I’d rather over-deliver than over-promise. That’s always the better path. 

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So we were penciling in 2021 because we’d be wrapping up with Tool and be able to get to work, but then things started getting strange. Once there’s no touring, there’s no reason to not release the music sooner, so we’re pounding away at trying to get things done.” 

When asked about the record’s lyrical themes and if Apocalyptical is a good indication of what’s being discussed, Maynard replies: Yeah, there’s a lot of bouncing back and forth with a lot of those themes. But again, that’s just paying attention to the times and what’s happening. You’re acting or reacting to what you see in front of you. 

And then of course, how does that relate to what we’ve seen before and what do we think that has in store for us going forward? But a lot of it is really being driven by these sounds that Mat is coming up with. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening.”

Check out the video for Apocalyptical below, and watch this space for more news when we have it…

Posted on May 22nd 2020, 12:04p.m.
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