Maynard James Keenan once said that A Perfect Circle represents the feminine counterpart to Tool’s masculinity. This was always a wonderfully evocative description of the kind of music the band does — at turns delicate, passionate, and outright ferocious — and it’s an attitude that translates into something very special for fans who may like Tool but who never felt a visceral connection with them. Whereas Tool is all muscle and mathematical complexity, A Perfect Circle is more unabashed feeling.
It’s been nine years since the release of eMOTIVe, which featured mostly haunting and challenging covers, and so any new music from A Perfect Circle is cause for celebration. The band is releasing two compilations this month: Three Sixty, which is a greatest hits album, and Stone and Echo, a live box-set. Three Sixty also brings with it one new song, a track that sounds like a mash-up of Zeppelin and Disintegration-era Cure.
There’s no video for this, but it hardly matters.
Here’s By and Down.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.