Donkey Punch the Night [EP]

Album Review of Donkey Punch the Night [EP] by Puscifer.

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Donkey Punch the Night [EP]

Puscifer

Donkey Punch the Night [EP] by Puscifer

Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Record label: Junketboy-Consignment
Genre(s): Industrial, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Electro-Industrial

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Donkey Punch the Night [EP] - Average, Based on 4 Critics

Exclaim - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Maynard James Keenan, founder and frontman of Puscifer, referred to the two covers that appear on this record as "an itch that needed scratching," which also describes his side-project in its entirety. Like many of Puscifer's releases, the poetically titled Donkey Punch The Night is an example of the band doing precisely what they want, whether playful or deadly serious. This seven-song EP contains only two new tracks: "Breathe" and "Dear Brother.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

While his other bands always had a very serious vibe about them, Maynard James Keenan seems like he's exploring his more playful side with his most recent musical project, Puscifer. On its latest effort, the Donkey Punch the Night EP, the band returns with a collection of covers, remixes, and a pair of new tracks. While new tracks "Breathe" and "Dear Brother" are definitely worth the trip, the real stars of the show are the covers of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Accept's "Balls to the Wall." While these songs might seem like joke choices coming from the guy who fronted a serious art metal outfit like Tool, they provide a telling window into Keenan's influences.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

Puscifer, the third band of Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), amps up electronic and experimental elements, less fazed by ‘the norm’. This is exemplified on the new seven-song EP Donkey Punch the Night EP. Two covers highlight. “Bohemian Rhapsody” meets benchmarks established by Queen’s original without superseding it.

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Consequence of Sound - 30
Based on rating D
30

Very few actions handicap a release like an uninspired cover; nevertheless, noted frontman Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) felt compelled to cover Queen’s epic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Accept’s “Balls to the Wall” on the seven-track Donkey Punch the Night EP, the newest release from his passion project Puscifer. Keenen and co.’s rendition of the Queen classic isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it’s adequate when compared to the road-ravaged cover bands that rehash the song nightly at your local hotel lounge.

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