Puscifer
Donkey Punch the Night


2.5
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by Deadwing42 USER (22 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Puscifer forgoes the intimacy of "Conditions for my Parole" and winds up with a mixed bag of an EP.

With 2011's "Conditions of My Parole", we were treated to an interesting development in the career of Maynard James Keenan. Prior to that album, it was easy to think of him primarily as the front man of the influential alternative metal acts Tool and A Perfect Circle, with his work in Puscifer being relegated to the realm of afterthoughts. That was mostly because that side-project's debut album, "V is for Vagina", was so uninteresting (or just unappealing?) musically that the most memorable things about it were the intentionally sophomoric genitalia "jokes" Keenan littered throughout. In short, it was difficult to take early Puscifer seriously, especially when juxtaposed against Maynard's otherwise impressive body of work.

"Conditions of My Parole" somehow managed to change all of that- it was surprisingly serious and introspective, and the songwriting matured tenfold in comparison to "V is for Vagina," as it contained some of the best material Keenan has been involved with since "Lateralus." It was a record that was, quite simply, good enough that it demanded listeners start taking Puscifer almost as seriously as Maynard's other projects. After some extensive touring for that record, Puscifer is back with an EP in "Donkey Punch The Night Away" that, while not a total waste, is somewhat of a let down after the ascendancy exemplified in its predecessor.

"Donkey Punch The Night" is an EP that returns Puscifer to the less-than-serious nature of the band's debut album. If that wasn't made clear by the title and cover art alone, then the fact that the first track on the album is a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" should make it so (they've even dubbed it the "OG mix" to boot). To cover a song of this nature and stature is a bold move indeed, and while it would probably be enjoyable in a live setting, it sticks too closely to its source material to be at all interesting, although Maynard pulls off the vocals in expert fashion. Your mileage on that track will vary, depending on how appealing the concept of Puscifer covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" is to you, and the rest of the EP is, unfortunately, a mixed bag at best. The two original tracks that follow, "Breathe" and "Dear Brother", are certainly enjoyable, though both would only qualify as second tier, or perhaps even b-side material, were they included on "Conditions of My Parole." After that, we have an interesting cover of "Balls to the Wall" that sounds closer to Depeche Mode than Accept, as well as remixes of the two original tracks. "Breathe (Drumcell Rework)" is superior to the original version, with its drawn out, industrial atmospherics proving more satisfying and mood-influencing than its counterpart, and "Dear Brother (Denton Rework)", somehow manages not to be a complete train wreck, despite its odd, 80's synth pop influences and cringe-inducing robot vocals. An instrumental reworking of the "Balls to the Wall" cover closes the album out nicely, but isn't anything to write home about.

I do have to point out that it sounds like Maynard and company really did enjoy making this music, which should not be understated by the negativity I've portrayed for most of this review. This is definitely a fun little EP, and it is nowhere nearly aberrant enough to destroy the good faith earned by "Conditions of my Parole". When all is said and done, however, Maynard is at his best in his more intimate, introspective element, and this EP, though not worthy of being completely discarded, will do little to impress those of us whom are looking for something a bit deeper from him.



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breakingthefragile
February 22nd 2013


2966 Comments


Totally worth not writing a new Tool album.

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Deadwing42
February 22nd 2013


144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wrote this up in about 45 minutes before work without proofreading, so don't be afraid to point out errors.

Also, why the hell is this categorized as Metal? Definitely shouldn't be in this section....

omnipanzer
February 22nd 2013


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it, I think it's way better than the stuff he used to be doing with Puscifer.

Edit: ^starting with "Conditions of My Parole"

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


7464 Comments


It's categorized as industrial which makes a bit more sense. It's a shame this is mediocre. Their previous LP was really good.

fromtheinside
February 22nd 2013


19172 Comments


i've never heard anyone say that greg. i thought this entire project was detested by the masses

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


7464 Comments


I've reviewed their latest LP. It has an average rating of 3.9 on here. So no, you can't say it's detested.

Deadwing42
February 22nd 2013


144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I suppose the "industrial" tag is sort of fitting. I thought "Conditions of my Parole" was excellent, as you can tell from the review. I won't even remember the mediocrity of this if we ever get another Tool album that is at least better than "10,000 Days".

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


7464 Comments


Good review. I do like 10,000 Days, but I'm sort of disillusioned about their new record. I mean... will they ever release it?

breakingthefragile
February 22nd 2013


2966 Comments


It'll come out someday greg, and on that day, I look forward to enjoying it with my grandchildren.

MrElmo
February 22nd 2013


1955 Comments


Might listen to next tool record when they'll give a toss about it

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


16922 Comments


I was intrigued by the Bohemian Rhapsody cover but it's only so-so.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013


50960 Comments


But you know sometimes, when I'm drunk on wine,
I think I can change
But the morning kills the hopes
And hills turn mountain range

Tool record coming never

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fromtheinside
February 23rd 2013


19172 Comments


"I've reviewed their latest LP. It has an average rating of 3.9 on here. So no, you can't say it's detested."

i meant more of 1 on 1 interactions.

DotEight
February 25th 2013


5643 Comments


Maynard's too drunk at his vineyard all the time to give a shit.

Photon
February 25th 2013


1292 Comments


'Dear brother' is a pretty good track.

Mewcopa0
February 25th 2013


1807 Comments


I liked his last LP a lot. I remember V For Vagina being overwhelmingly boring. I don't think this EP was a serious effort....but, I'd rather hear a new Tool album. The Bohemian Rhapsody cover is a complete waste, but the video is epic.

GringoSuave89
February 25th 2013


1055 Comments


major step back in terms of being interesting. At least Parole was genuinely surprising and enjoyable. This is just.... meh.

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Notaflower
March 21st 2013


178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the bohemian rapsody (sonio remix) is of quality

Titan
March 21st 2013


5882 Comments


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