In an interview with Kerrang!, the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan talked about Puscifer’s forthcoming album, ‘Existential Reckoning,‘ and unveiled the real story behind the lyrics.
As you might remember, Puscifer and Maynard James Keenan fans have been desperately waiting for a new album since the release of their third album ‘Money Shot‘ in 2015, .
Earlier this year, the video clip of the lead single named, ‘Apocalyptical,’ was released by Puscifer sharing the exciting news of an upcoming album that would be available in the fall of 2020. A few weeks ago, they released another song named ‘The Underwhelming’ from the much-anticipated album, ‘Existential Reckoning,‘ which would be available on October 30th.
Recently, Puscifer members, Maynard James Keenan, Carina Round, and Mat Mitchell joined an interview with Kerrang! and talked about their latest project. During the interview, Keenan revealed what inspired him to create such an album and the real message hidden within the story of its lyrics.
Apparently, Maynard was inevitably affected by all the things happening to us in today’s world. Keenan emphasized the fact that people had ‘lost touch with things’ long before the coronavirus pandemic while he admitted he sounded like a hippy. The iconic vocalist also suggested this wasn’t the end but in order to fix it, we all had to remember ‘how to survive without destroying.’
Here’s what Maynard James Keenan stated about his inspiration for ‘Existential Reckoning‘:
“It came from watching things progress over the years. It’s us losing touch with things that I would consider as mattering. All this stuff happened before coronavirus. Western culture has lost the plot.
I think there’s a way out, but we’ve got to remember how to talk to each other, and how to survive without destroying too much. Uh oh, I’m starting to sound like a hippy.”
Furthermore, Maynard mentioned that we had to realize the harsh truth of our common fight to make this world a better place for everyone. As he emphasized the same message in the Puscifer album, Keenan claimed we had to be better people right now, more than ever. He also stated that this was their ‘existential reckoning.’
Here’s the core message Maynard James Keenan and Puscifer aimed to give with the upcoming album:
“We’re not getting out of this. You have to choose to make this an inclusive better place for everyone. Is everyone with any power trying to drive wedges between us? Fuck yeah, every day!
We have to make the choice, as individuals, to be better people – to do no harm, treat your neighbor as you would yourself – all those things that down through the ages have been chiseled into stone as a way we have to be. Right now, more than ever, this is our existential reckoning!”
Click here to read the entire interview with Maynard James Keenan.