Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Record label: Puscifer
As the frontman of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has spent his fair share of time in the spotlight. He’s a worshipped figure among the cultish fanbases of those bands, two of the most successful and commercially visible of the modern rock era; yet, he remains an enigma, a less-than-prolific recluse. Tool hasn’t released an album since 2006’s 10,000 Days, and while A Perfect Circle remains active, there are no known plans for a new album.
Driving his devotees nearer to the point of insanity each passing day sans new music from Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has long been rewarding the more patient members of his fan base with his work as Puscifer. Much more than a side project, the third prominent extension of Keenan's musical brain has gone from demonstrating a penchant for lewd record titles and countless remixes to becoming a well-rounded outlet for what he calls "the voices in my head," dabbling in everything from alt-country to electronic. Since 2011's Conditions of My Parole, these voices have seemingly become calmer, making Money Shot less of a varied collection in comparison to its predecessor.
Review Summary: Not the album that will solidify Puscifer among the ranks of Tool and A Perfect Circle, but it does prove that a future album of that caliber isn’t out of the question.Puscifer releasing a new album has always been sort of a non-event to me. This isn’t intentionally disrespectful to Maynard James Keenan, it’s just that projects of his such as Tool, A Perfect Circle, hell – even his brief involvement in Deftones – have always seemed like a much bigger deal. Puscifer is typically an island of misfit ideas, and while entertaining, humorous, and at times accidentally profound, it’s never been anything worthy of a prominent role in Maynard’s illustrious music career.