Maynard James Keenan sets the tone for Puscifer's first album since with "Here we are in the middle of our existential reckoning," his haunting lead vocal adrift in an ominous soundscape of analog synths. And so begins a chilling, futuristic masterstroke that couldn't hope to feel more like the perfect soundtrack to this age of isolation and uncertainty as a deeply divided America struggles its way through the path of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. But the songs on "Existential Reckoning" have actually been marinating for a while now, built on synth tracks Puscifer's Mat Mitchell started working on five years ago, with most of the recording done in mid-to-late , during fruit harvest. That's when Keenan tends to get a lot of work done, creatively speaking, since launching a second career as a winemaker with Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards from his home since , the hillside town of Jerome, Arizona.
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Joseph Keenan : People just do the strangest things when they believe they're entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe. Joseph Keenan : [at the inquest, staring into space]. Agent Carol : And then what happened? Special Agent Keenan? Joseph Keenan : [breaks out of it]. Agent Carol : What happened? Joseph Keenan : I subdued the suspect
Keenan's thoughts on the new Puscifer album
Playing for coach Mike Keenan in Chicago was like camping on the side of an active volcano. You had to accept the reality that he erupted regularly and that there was always a danger of being caught in his lava flow. He was a tyrant, a schoolyard bully, an oldschool coach who tried to motivate players through intimidation, belittlement and fear. The truth is that Keenan scared me into being a better NHL player. I was 18 when I began to play for Iron Mike, and I was afraid of him. As a rookie, I felt as if my future depended on pleasing Keenan. I believed he was capable of murdering my career before it began. I believed he could do that with no sense of remorse. Before Keenan threatened me in my second NHL exhibition game, I didn't view myself as a physical player. Within a short period of time, he had bullied me into becoming one.
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