The maniacal brainchild of the mercurial lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Puscifer continues to evolve and impress. Maynard James Keenan has refined his mashed up mix of partial cabaret and live music concert into a purely entertaining experience. On their last tour, Puscifer played a handful of West Coast dates, but finally made a full trek around the states supporting their highly overlooked new release Conditions of My Parole.
A metallic spin on country came in the form of “Conditions of My Parole,” with guitarist Jonny Polonsky adding some sheets of noise to the cacophony. Another kick to the chest was the crushing middle section of “Telling Ghosts.” One final blow to the audience was the industrial tinged romp of “The Undertaker,” which brought their set to a close.
Boasting he was too old to go offstage for the encore, Keenan fittingly closed the evening with “Tumbleweed” as the band members slowly drifted from the stage. Most Tool fans anxiously await a new album. In the meantime, they should sink their teeth into Puscifer.
Personal Bias:I flew to Las Vegas to see the first Puscifer shows back in 2009.
Random Notebook Dump:Cameramen dressed as ninjas prowled the stage as they filmed the performance.
The Crowd:Lots of Tool and A Perfect Circle devotees as expected.