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WILL Z. “Dark Tales Of Will Z.” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, Music, occult rock, rock music with tags , , , , on February 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Will Z. - Dark Tales Of Will Z. - Promo album cover pic - #2014DPRMO

4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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Press release info and Metal Odyssey review to follow below:

Having made music across a mind-bending large number of genres, from Hard Rock through Acid-Folk to Baroque Pop, multi-instrumentalist Will Z. has now turned his attention to the world of Occult Rock. Gaining inspiration from the strange and psychedelic world of Syd Barrett and the doomy leanings of early Black Sabbath, he was addicted to as a teenager, he created Dark Tales Of Will Z., exploring new territory in the musician’s repertoire.

This album is a collection of dark electric numbers, originally intended for the final part of his previous album, 12 Visions, and songs composed from 1997 to 1999, when Will Z. was a teenager.

Metal Odyssey Review:

This new album from Will Z. was released back on September 15th of 2014, via HeadSpin Records and I’ll readily admit it’s a very cool musical surprise I never expected to have drop upon my brain. Many of the best music artists out there today are either underground or completely unknown; Will Z. should rightfully be known.

I find Dark Tales Of Will Z. to remind me of all those wonderful Saturday mornings of watching Creature Feature when I was a kid, during the late 70’s. This album is something else, cause while I listen to it I envision myself going back in time in a very enjoyable way. This Will Z. album is retro in its vibes, style and sound, with Occult Rock as its genre, therefore I get to understand what Iron Butterfly might have sounded like if they recorded today. There’s also a touch of very early Uriah Heep that jumps out at me from some of the songs on this album; then again, that might just be me.

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Spacey and psychedelic swirls of sound, with an unending journey of dreamlike atmospheres, coupled with Doom riffs, chilling chants and darkened sonic passages are awaiting you, courtesy of Will Z. and I’ve been won over! I never knew this guy existed beforehand and now I’m a fan! There truly is a lot going on musically on this album and it will be one for me to listen to dozens of times in order to take it all in; and that’s a good thing. In my Metal opinion, this album can very well be the soundtrack to a Space Western movie or even a Rob Zombie directed psychotic thriller.

I commend Will Z. on this musical package of ingenious Rock. His multi-instrumental abilities show no limitations and his vocals are (at times) stuff of Chris Goss from Masters Of Reality fame. I highly recommend Dark Tales Of Will Z. to all those who yearn for something different, an album that is still dark and creepy musically and takes you on a surreal path to music’s land of delight. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Track List: 1. Total Darkness, 2. Satan Girl, 3. The Eye Of Destiny, 4. Venenum Versus Viam, 5. Spider Blues, 6. 171bpm, 7. My Dark Side, 8. I’m Not Me, 9. Captain Blizzard, 10. Ego Ritual, 11. Pure Beauty, 12. Trouble Me

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LONG LIVE WILL Z.

Stone.

DRUNK DAD “Ripper Killer” Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in experimental music, experimental rock, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Drunk Dad - Ripper Killer - promo cover pic - 2014

DRUNK DAD Ripper Killer – releases July 1st, 2014, via Eolian Empire.

DRUNK DAD – When I first heard Drunk Dad’s Morbid Reality EP, I was very happy. Why you query? Answer: Drunk Dad plays Noise Rock and experiments with their sound like it’s the night before doomsday, while giving little or no regard about what others will say about the end result. Drunk Dad has their own terminology for their sound and they call it: Fuck You All Wave.

Make no mistake, Drunk Dad can and will shock you into embracing their music. Maybe. It’s weird how it happened to me. The mixture of several genres of non-mainstream, apocalyptic underground goodness is what Drunk Dad creates and they do it superbly, in my Metal opinion. I sometimes wonder to myself, would Noise be the genre that I would pursue If I wanted to start a band? Just listening to Drunk Dad seems to calm my nerves. After listening to Ripper Killer, I feel as though I took a hammer to an aluminum garbage can and now everything is cool.

Drunk Dad

Ripper Killer is Drunk Dad’s first long play and I see it being the launching pad of this Portland, Oregon ensemble. Drunk Dad needs to play Ripper Killer in its entirety at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, just to shut the mouths of and piss off all those plastic millionaire/billionaire dorks that get all the free corporate seats. I’m serious. The overall sound that is Ripper Killer just has to appeal to a cross-section of Punk, Sludge, Hardcore and Experimental fans. If you dig Mr. Bungle and/or the Melvins, you are in for a sonic treat with Drunk Dad. Yup.

As a past student of Art History, I’ve been trained to look beyond the first impression and explore the many inner cavities of the visual creation. With that said, the cover art (or photo if you will) of Drunk Dad’s Ripper Killer, (see atop post), exposes light years of relevance to what is happening in our world today. Albeit shocking to look at, the cover art does symbolize the death that is in our hourly news; whether it’s carnage from a madman firing off a gun in public, wars, cruelty to any life form or even an oil spill from an ocean tanker.

Relating the cover art of Ripper Killer to Drunk Dad’s music just seems to fit; for if the photo turns off the fancy and out-of-touch mainstream, then surely the music heard within will too. Sometimes one picture is truly worth a thousand words. That’s my interpretation, anyways. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Ripper Killer – Track Listing: Five Pack, Life’s Work, Fuck In Garbage, Light A Fire, S.O.U., Ripper Killer, Worthless, Whiskey Liver

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* For more info on DRUNK DAD:

Facebook: Drunk Dad

Eolian Empire - logo - 2013

Eolian Empire

Website: http://eolianempire.com

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LONG LIVE DRUNK DAD.

LONG LIVE HEAVY AS SHIT MUSIC.

Stone.

THE MELVINS STREAM “TRES CABRONES” VIA PITCHFORK ADVANCE

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

The Melvins - Tres Cabrones - promo cover pic - 2013

NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW WITH MUDHONEY AT GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Oct. 30, 2013 – The Melvins are streaming Tres Cabrones (Nov. 5, Ipecac) in its entirety via Pitchfork (http://pitchfork.com/advance/271-tres-cabrones/).  Pre-orders for the record are available now: http://georiot.co/44Wg.

Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly.”

“Making the Tres Cabrones record was a real treat indeed. It’s a trip down memory lane complete with debauchery and ultra violence, ” said Dillard, who left the band in 1984 only to be replaced by Crover.

“After 30 years we release a record with the (almost) original line-up of the band,” added Crover. “I’ve always felt that drummer Mike Dillard was one of us. It’s great that he’s still a piece of the puzzle!  Plus, I get to see what it’s like being the bass player in the Melvins! Tres Cabrones indeed!”

The Melvins annexed Big Business band members Coady Willis and Jared Warren in 2006 for (A) Senile Animal and the quartet has remained in this incarnation for four additional releases including Everybody Loves Sausages, a covers album released this spring. Not ones to relax, the Melvins introduced Melvins Lite, a version of the band that teams Osborne and Crover with Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle). Melvins Lite released their debut album, Freak Puke, in 2012 and subsequently embarked on a 51 date/51 State (including DC) tour of the United States. The band most recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a six-week North American tour.

Up next for the band is a short stint in Australia with Helmet, a performance at the Meredith Music Festival on Dec. 13 and a recently announced New Year’s Eve performance with Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Calif.

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December 06     Fremantle, Australia @ Metropolis

December 08     Brisbane, Australia @ The Hi Fi (w/Helmet)

December 09     Byron Bay, Australia @ Northern Hotel (w/Helmet)

December 11     Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel (w/Helmet)

December 12     Canberra, Australia @ Anu Bar (w/Helmet)

December 13     Meredith, Australia @ Meredith Music Festival

December 15     Sydney, Australia @ Hi Fi (w/Helmet)

December 16     Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov (w/Helmet)

December 17     Melbourne, Australia @ Hi Fi

December 18     Hobart, Australia @ Brisbane Hotel

December 31     San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For More Info On THE MELVINS:

Facebook: (the) Melvins

http://www.themelvins.net

http://www.melvins.com

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Ipecac Recordings website: http://www.ipecac.com

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LONG LIVE THE MELVINS.

Stone.

DARSOMBRA Recovers Majority of Lost Band Gear; Duo To Play Free Gratitude Show This Saturday

Posted in experimental metal, experimental rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on August 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Darsombra - band promo pic - #33 - 2013

Baltimore-based audio/visual duo DARSOMBRA will proudly play a free show in their hometown this Saturday , August 24th, in full gratitude to their local scene for helping them recover a huge arsenal of stolen equipment!

Following a recent break-in burglary of the DARSOMBRA abode, with thieves getting away with seemingly irreplaceable guitars, computers, amps, visual equipment and more, the word made it to the proper parties in time and citizens/musicians/friends of the band helped track down and recover nearly all of the lost gear! In their recent band newsletter the members simply stated: “Watch out, world!!! This show is FREE because WE LOVE YOU and wanna say THANK YOU for all the love we received after our home was burglarized. So come on out and let us say it in person:” If you’re in the area, please come celebrate the duo celebrate and give thanks. The duo will perform at Windup Space and will be joined by friends Yeveto, Height, The Immortal Jellyfish and Carly Ptak “and the band documentary for The Human Host Movie.

Darsombra - Climas Community - promo cover pic!

DARSOMBRA Baltimore Gratitude Free Show:

8/24/2013 Windup Space – Baltimore, MD

DARSOMBRA is planning to tour the entire country on their most intense stateside tour ever in the Spring of 2014; fans are encouraged to contact the band if you want them to come to your town on this widespread trek. Stay tuned for more band updates over the coming months.

Following releases on At A Loss, Public Guilt, Underradar and others, DARSOMBRA signed with Exile On Mainstream for the release of Climax CommunityThe three tracks on the LP traversing forty-five minutes of the outfit’s unique, slow-building, organic transcendental rock. Brian Daniloski, a veteran of heavier, sludgier, grittier rock bands such as Meatjack and Trephine, controls the sound of DARSOMBRA, alternating between mammoth vocal swells and soundscapes and searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combining elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. But there is more than just Daniloski’s sonic world at play here as video artist Ann Everton takes his work to the next level by bringing her DARSOMBRA-induced visions to the stage through her kinetic psychotropic video projections, creating a constantly shifting backdrop to Daniloski’s live performances.

Decibel Magazine is streaming Climax Community in its entirety at this location:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/full-album-stream-darsombras-climax-community/

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For More Info On DARSOMBRA:

Facebook: darsombra

http://www.darsombra.com

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LONG LIVE DARSOMBRA.

Stone.

DARSOMBRA – Band’s House Burglarized, All Equipment Stolen

Posted in avant-garde music, experimental music, experimental rock, Music, psych-rock, psychedelic rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Darsombra - promo band pic - #60 - 2012

Eclectic, free-form duo DARSOMBRA regretfully announces that their Baltimore home was invaded this week, the doors kicked-in and ALL of the band’s gear and equipment stolen! The band is devastated, as everything they use to construct their incredibly unique audio/visual works has been lost in this act of human gluttony. The band is reaching out to the public for help in tracking down the perpetrators or at least the gear.

From Darsombra:

“Hi friends. We are saddened to report that our house in west Baltimore city was burglarized between 1pm-3pm on Wednesday May 29, and almost everything that we use to make our art was stolen. This is the latest and most complete version of our missing stuff (including some serial numbers where we could find them). If you see any of these items please contact us atwww.darsombra.com.

– 1987 Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar (serial number 82317558)
white (faded to cream color) finish w/ black pick guard, gold hardware
including Schaller strap lock buttons (stolen with strap attached), no
pickup guard on treble pickup, without case (pic included)
– late 90’s/early 2000’s era 8-string Rickenbacker bass
– black w/ white pick guard, no cover on treble pickup, silver
hardware including Schaller strap lock buttons (stolen with strap
attached), without case (pic included)
– 2005 Gibson Les Paul Studio baritone guitar (serial number
00055528) sliver finish w/ silver hardware including Schaller strap
lock buttons (stolen with strap attached), without case (pic included)
– 2005 Ernie Ball Music Man bass guitar- flat black finish w/ silver
diamond plate pickguard, silver hardware including Schaller strap lock
buttons, without case (pic included)
– Yamaha acoustic guitar – black, without case
– classical guitar – wood finish, without case
– Rikki Ram student model sitar
– 1930s-era Vega 4-string tenor banjo without case
– Canon Rebel T3i digital SLR camera with a cracked viewing screen
– NEC NP215 projector attached to a small piece of plywood
– 2008 iMac desktop computer
– 2011 Macbook laptop computer (serial number D92GCJRJDRJ7)
– Iomega desktop external hard drive without stand or power supply
– Epson RX595 printer
– tripod

Please repost if you want to help. Thanks.”

Following releases on At A Loss, Public Guilt, Underradar and others, DARSOMBRA signed with Exile On Mainstream for the release of Climax Community. The three tracks on the LP traversing forty-five minutes of the outfit’s unique, slow-building, organic transcendental rock. Brian Daniloski, a veteran of heavier, sludgier, grittier rock bands such as Meatjack and Trephine, controls the sound of DARSOMBRA, alternating between mammoth vocal swells and soundscapes and searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combining elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. But there is more than just Daniloski’s sonic world at play here as video artist Ann Everton takes his work to the next level by bringing her DARSOMBRA induced visions to the stage through her kinetic psychotropic video projections, creating a constantly shifting backdrop to Daniloski’s live performances.

Darsombra - Large Logo - B&W

Decibel Magazine is streaming Climax Community in its entirety:

 AT THIS LOCATION.

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Critical Praise:

“The larger movements of the songs rub against each other with tectonic weight, while subtler elements attack, defeat and consume. Strange and lovely, Climax Community speaks in the language of animal instinct.” – Exclaim! 

“Much like a work of fine art, little to no commentary is given leaving the observer to interpret the work as they wish. By the same token, the listener may also choose to switch off the cerebral and absorb the music at the most basic level.” – Ghost Cult 

“It’s a clever, dense and hypnotic release that demonstrates that there’s still plenty of exploration to be done in experimental and psychedelic music.” – OneMetal

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Stone Says: This story is absolutely stunning, in a very sad way. This is one terrible act of unkindness, a downright act of human indecency towards our fellow-man. I truly hope DARSOMBRA locates any or all of their precious musical/visual equipment. I urge DARSOMBRA to start a Kickstarter campaign to recoup their means for their livelihood as well.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

Facebook: darsombra

http://www.darsombra.com

http://www.mainstreamrecords.de

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LONG LIVE DARSOMBRA.

Stone.

DRUNK DAD – Noise/Sludge Quartet’s EP Is The Eolian Empire’s Next Conquest

Posted in experimental rock, grindcore, Music, noise rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Eolian Empire Compilation - promo cover - 2013

In a constant barrage of new noise from Portland-based D.I.Y. noisemongers Eolian Empire, the label’s next conquest comes by way of the filthifying new 12” from local metalworkers DRUNK DAD.

If they weren’t such dirty fuckers they’d be one of the town’s shining success stories of unrelenting hard work and dedication: in a surprisingly short time DRUNK DAD went from favorite-band-shirts-on-their-hearts-on-their-sleeves to a unique and dynamic fusion of the heavy, the noisy, and the aggro, with a healthy dose of high drama, as they consistently churn out some of the most devastating live sets Portland has seen in years. Complex but in-your-face arrangements, push-pull duel-guitar interplay, searing behind-the-head leads, heavy motherfucking bass, and hard-hitting, tight, technical traps with dynamic, disturbing vocals to hold it all together evolves to ethical scumbaggery at its finest.

Morbid Reality, the first vinyl release from Portlandian shitstarters DRUNK DAD, merges off-kilter sludge/noise the Pacific Northwest perpetuates so well into a drugged-out but aggro vibe; elements of scathing crust-ish degenerate punk brutality of El Dopa or Dystopia are cold-filtered with slow-motion acerbic sludge basslines and noxious riffage with a post-Melvins experimental vibe.

Eolian Empire will drop the four-song Morbid Reality via 12” vinyl and digital download on June 11th. In the meantime, DRUNK DAD were recently caught intoxicating the public via Eolian’s massive KEEP OUR HEADS Portland underground compilation alongside twenty-five more of the city’s finest filthriffing acts. Get wrecked with their pungent “S.O.U.” anthem from the comp RIGHT HERE.

Following their spot on one of the Eolian Empire KEEP OUR HEADS record release shows over the weekend, DRUNK DAD have the coolers loaded with frothy ammo as they plan on stumbling south across California this week, with shows booked in Eureka, Oakland and a happy-hour double in San Francisco. They also just booked a hometown record release show at Portland’s Ash Street Saloon with labelmates Diesto on June 7th, with much more public drunkenness to be had in the Summer months.

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DRUNK DAD Public Intoxications:

5/02/2013 The Shanty – Eureka, CA w/ Apocryphon, AM Beers

5/03/2013 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA w/ Augers, Old Crow, Abstractor

5/04/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Prizehog, Connoisseur

5/05/2013 Bay Area 51 – San Francisco, CA w/ Unifried, Mansion

6/07/2013 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR w/ Diesto

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Morbid Reality – Track Listing:

1. Guts

2. Seizure

3. Ritual

4. Scum Fee

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on DRUNK DAD, click on the links below!

facebook: Drunk Dad

http://eolianempire.com

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LONG LIVE DRUNK DAD.

Stone.

PUSCIFER – TO RELEASE DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT ON FEB. 19, 2012

Posted in alternative rock, experimental rock, Hard Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Photo Credit: Tim Cadiente; Left to right: Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl, Maynard James Keenan, Carina Round, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis

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RELEASE FEATURES TWO NEW SONGS, QUEEN AND ACCEPT COVERS AND REMIXES

Nov. 19, 2012, Jerome, Ariz. – Puscifer, the Northern Arizona-based band helmed by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), will release an eight-song EP titled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19 via Puscifer Entertainment.

“While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time,” explained Keenan. “I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls To The Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’  And scratch them we did.”

The collection features two new songs written by Keenan and Puscifer cohorts Mat Mitchell, Carina Round and Josh Eustis: “Breathe” and “Dear Brother” as well as two covers: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall.” Donkey Punch The Night was recorded in Jerome, Ariz. in Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars (www.caduceus.org) with the same roster from 2011’s Conditions of My Parole (Keenan, Mitchell, Round, Eustis, Matt McJunkins and  Jeff Friedl) and guests Zac Rae (piano), Juliette Commagere (vocals), Josh Morreau (bass) and Claire Acey (vocals).

Remixes of the four songs round-out the release with contributions from Los Angeles techno wizard Drumcell, Big Black Delta (aka Jonathan Bates, formerly of Mellowdrone and touring guitarist for M83), Sonoio (Italian multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Cortini of Modwheelmood and touring keyboard player for Muse and NIN) and Central American DJ, Silent Servant, who is well known for his mash-up of post-punk and techno.

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Donkey Punch The Night – Track List:

1.  Bohemian Rhapsody “O.G. Mix”

2.  Breathe

3.  Dear Brother

4.  Balls To The Wall “PIllow Fight Mix”

5.  Breathe “Drumcell rework”

6.  Dear Brother “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta)

7.  Balls To The Wall “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix”

8.  Bohemian Rhapsody “Sonoio rework”

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Puscifer recently announced their first tour dates outside of North America with the band performing three shows in Australia as well as performances at Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile.

February 22     Brisbane, Australia     The Tivoli

February 26     Sydney, Australia     Enmore Theatre

February 28     Melbourne, Australia     The Palais Theatre

March 31     Sao Paulo, Brazil     Lollapalooza Brazil

April 6 & 7     Santiago, Chile     Lollapalooza Chile *

*Puscifer performance date TBA

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Conditions of My Parole was released in October of 2011 and was quickly followed by a storied Halloween performance on The Late Show with David Letterman complete with Keenan in costume and a keyboard solo by Paul Shaffer. The band returned to late night television in February with a Jimmy Kimmel Live performance that was equally unique, featuring Keenan and Round singing behind video monitors a la human bobbleheads.  Puscifer has completed two North American tours behind the sophomore release including a stop at this summer’s Bonnaroo Festival.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on PUSCIFER, click on the links below!

www.puscifer.com

www.facebook.com/puscifermusic

www.twitter.com/puscifer

LONG LIVE PUSCIFER.

Stone.

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