EP REVIEW: “Donkey Punch The Night” by Puscifer

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Maynard James Keenan is one of those human beings who just knows how to do life right. Sure he may be full of his own personal flaws that are unique to him yet unknown to us but at least in terms of his creative output, Maynard is all class. It doesn’t matter which creative vehicle he’s using, the man knows how to balance depth and humour framing everything he does with an intensity that very few humans reach. He is an original, creatively and philosophically, and he’ll be remembered as one of the most vital creative humans to ever walk the earth. I feel like I’ve quoted this a lot recently but you either love him or hate him. He makes the kind of art that creates those two clear divisions; there is no middle ground or fence sitting when it comes to Maynard.

Puscifer is the solo vehicle for Maynard (although it’s starting to turn into more of a band experience) and is slowly becoming my favourite part of his career. I like the way this project mixes Maynard’s humour with his delicate and intense vocal lines with the focus being more on electronica than organic rock music. This suits Maynard’s voice beautifully and the sheer volume of work released so far via EPs, Albums (two full lengths) and Remix EPs / Albums has been overwhelming with all of it being of a high quality. The new EP “Donkey Punch The Night” which was released earlier this year is no exception, quality wise, and further showcases the ever evolving sound of the Puscifer project.

The two covers (Bohemian Rhapsody and Balls To The Wall) are both cool but the real shining stars of this EP is the original material (Breathe and Dear Brother) along with the remixed versions of these songs. Both of these original songs are the perfect example of what is so great musically about Puscifer. The way in which these two songs are communicated is just perfect with the nice mix of the organic and the electronic with the vocal work from Maynard being divine as always. The worst part of this EP is the fact that we only get a small batch of songs to indulge in but the quality is enough for me to walk away satisfied.

A perfect companion to the bands 2011 release “Conditions Of My Parole” and hopefully a small teaser of what’s to come with Album number three.

10 Cassette Tapes Out of 10

By: Dan Newton

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