Friday, October 30, 2020

New Music Has Arrived From The Supergroups Puscifer and Mr. Bungle

Out today (at least digitally) is the new album from the electro-rock supergroup, Puscifer. Their new album titled "Existential Reckoning" features a dozen tracks that look to make contact with your outer (space) being. The trio of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Carina Round have created another chapter in the search for the imaginary character Billy D. Puscifer begin their latest adventure with the experimental, new wave approach of "Bread And Circus," as electronic beats and swirling vocals turn the song into a prog-pop epic. They next bring in a Goth-rock sound to "Apocalyptical," while "The Underwhelming" is straight-up alt-pop that moves along with buzzing guitar rifts played along a steady rock rhythm. The sonic landscape continues to change, as Puscifer slows the tempo down for the sweeping, atmospheric melody of "Theorem," then delivers the rhythm fueled, poetic (Tool-like) rock of "Bullet Train To Iowa." You will simply sink into the floating harmonies and fragile musical interludes of "Personal Prometheus," before Puscifer finish their new album with the electronic/dance vibes of "Postulous," along with the funky breaks of "Fake Affort" and the closing experimental piece "Bedlamite." To find out more about Puscifer and their latest release "Existential Reckoning," please visit puscifer.com.

What started out as a high school death metal band, has now turned into one of the most sought-after cult bands in the heavy metal genre. Mr. Bungle released their debut album thirty years ago for Warner Bros. Records. Throughout the nineties, they would eventually release three studio albums and be featured at some of the biggest rock festivals on the planet. Then in 2000, it all came to a screeching halt with each member going their separate way to work on other projects. Now, nearly twenty years later, Mr. Bungle has returned (with a different line-up that includes members of Anthrax and Slayer) to deliver a new re-recorded version of their 1986 demo "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny." It features eleven tracks that may or may not be exactly what you would expect from this new line-up, beginning with the slow, gentle lead-up of "Grizzly Adams." Then, all hell breaks loose with the intense, thrash metal onslaught of "Anarchy Up Your Anus" and the equally engaging attack of "Raping Your Mind." The band just explodes with their masterful playing during the epics "Bungle Grind" and "Methematics." Mr. Bungle closes out their new album with the aggressive rage of "Spreading The Thighs Of Death" and pounding rhythm and metal-fueled guitar riffs of "Sudden Death." To find out more about Mr. Bungle and their latest release "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny," please visit mrbungle.com.

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