Mer De Noms (Explicit Version) CD (2000)

Artist: Perfect Circle

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Product Overview

A Perfect Circle is a new rock band formed by Tool's Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howardel. Also, in the band are Troy Van Leeuwen, Paz Lenchantin, and John Freese of the Vandals.The first single is "Judith." See the videos of "Judith" (Real Player) or "Judith" (Windows Media).

Specifications

Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60412322
UPC 724384925321
UPC 14 00724384925321
Format CD
Release Date 5/23/2000
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Author Perfect Circle
Compilation Appearance Underworld (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Resident Evil: apocalypse
Compilation Appearance Mtv2 Headbandger's Ball Vol 2
Associated Artist/Work Da Capo Players
Associated Artist/Work Da Capo Players (The)
Artist Influence Alice in Chains
Artist Influence Black Sabbath
Artist Influence Dream Theater
Artist Influence Guns N' Roses (Rock)
Artist Influence Jane's Addiction
Artist Influence Killing Joke
Artist Influence King Crimson
Artist Influence Led Zeppelin
Artist Influence Metallica
Artist Influence Nine Inch Nails
Artist Influence Peter Gabriel
Artist Influence Pink Floyd
Artist Influence Smashing Pumpkins
Artist Influence The Cure
Artist Contemporary AFI
Artist Contemporary Amplifier
Artist Contemporary Audioslave
Artist Contemporary Chevelle
Artist Contemporary Coal Chamber
Artist Contemporary Deftones
Artist Contemporary Filter
Artist Contemporary Finger Eleven
Artist Contemporary Incubus
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Chamberlin
Artist Contemporary Killing Joke
Artist Contemporary Linkin Park
Artist Contemporary Marilyn Manson
Artist Contemporary Nine Inch Nails
Artist Contemporary P.O.D.
Artist Contemporary Queens of the Stone Age
Artist Contemporary Red Line Chemistry
Artist Contemporary Reuben
Artist Contemporary RX Bandits
Artist Contemporary Smashing Pumpkins
Artist Contemporary Staind
Artist Contemporary Stone Sour
Artist Contemporary System of a Down
Artist Contemporary The Icarus Line
Artist Contemporary The Mars Volta
Artist Contemporary Year Of The Rabbit
Artist Follower Death Trap City
Artist Follower Red Sun Rising
Technical Info
Producer Billy Howerdel
CatalogID CDVUS 173
Lable Name Virgin
Released 05/22/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724384925321
Musical Guests
Tim Alexander
Album Notes and Credits
A Perfect Circle: Maynard James Keenan (vocals, gourd); Billy Howerdel (guitar, piano, bass, programming, background vocals); Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar); Paz Lanchantin (violin, bass, background vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Luciano Lenchantin (viola); Tim Alexander (drums); Draven Godwin (percussion); Keli Shafer (background vocals).
Engineers include: Billy Howerdel, Frank Grymer, Critter.
Recorded at Perfect Circle Studios, Exstacy and The Chop Shop, Hollywood, California; Sound City, Van Nuys, California.
A Perfect Circle: Maynard James Keenan (vocals, gourd); Billy Howerdel (guitar, piano, bass, programming, background vocals); Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar); Paz Lanchantin (violin, bass, background vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Luciano Lenchantin (viola); Tim Alexander (drums); Draven Godwin (percussion); Keli Shafer (background vocals).
Engineers include: Billy Howerdel, Frank Grymer, Critter.
Recorded at Perfect Circle Studios, Exstacy and The Chop Shop, Hollywood, California and Sound City, Van Nuys, California.
Personnel: Billy Howerdel (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Maynard James Keenan (vocals); Josh Freese (drums, percussion); Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums).
Audio Mixers: Alan Moulder; Billy Howerdel .
Recording information: Extasy Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Perfect Circle Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; The Chop Shop, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Dean Murphy.
Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan offers up something to fill the collective void of fans eagerly awaiting a follow up to AENIMA. Keenan teamed with Tool guitar tech and A Perfect Circle guitarist/composer Billy Howerdel for MER DE NOMS, which is both a band effort and an engaging hard rock album, recorded while Tool renegotiated with their label and other band members took a break. But don't be fooled; A Perfect Circle is more than a one-off side project.
The band isn't nearly as brutal as Tool; the musical textures are instead spacious and melodic. Keenan maintains his brooding, emotionally charged vocal style and his knack for conjuring bleak imagery. The track most comparable to Tool's music, "Rose," utilizes rise-and-fall dynamics and unpredictably breaks away to gentle strings, while "Judith" (the album's title is French for "sea of names," hence the song titles), explores free thought and warns against blind faith, and "Orestes" departs from the predominant guitar distortion with moody, powerful results.
Artist Overview
Founded in the late 1990s by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle takes the former group's brooding sonic template and lightens the heavy, prog-rock load with more melodic arrangements and varied instrumentation. Although APC originally began as a side-project, the success of the band's debut, MER DE NOMS, led to a follow-up, the gloomy THIRTEENTH STEP. Between the first and second albums, APC's line-up shifted, resulting in the addition of bassist Jeordie White (A.K.A. Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson) and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.114) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000" - "...A positively ancient metal, a gothic throb that leapfrogs over rap metal back to the sleek PORNOGRAPHY-era dolor of the Cure and psychedlic-Valhalla songs of Led Zep....refreshing darkness."
Spin (10/03, p.107) - "...On the ballad '3 Libras', Keenan sings with an elegance few could have imagined..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/2/00, p.78) - "...Less ominous [than Maynard's former band Tool], leavening guitar shrapnel with genuinely pretty melodies and frilly production flourishes - kinda like neo-Metallica, but with 'cojones'." - Rating: A-
Q (7/00, p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Echoes Tool's dark alt.rock dynamics in the stealthy riffing of 'Magdalena' and 'Judith', but it is with gentler songs such as '3 Libras' or the Led Zeppelin-influenced 'Renholder' that [they] truly shine."
CMJ (5/22/00, p.26) - "...Offers songs [which] are carefully arranged, less aggressive and almost symphonic in scope, letting [James] Keenan reference religion and sex while biting with ruthless verbal bitch slaps....Merciless."
Melody Maker (6/20/00, p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is Killing Joke and Jane's Addiction; this is Soundgarden and Alice In Chains; Keenan's gorgeously intimate voice is shoved up front throughout and it's his throat's suckable folds that draw you deeper in..."
NME (Magazine) (7/1/00, p.45) - 7 out of 10 - "...Mystic atmospherics and haunting, uplifting vocals....[They] have created a work of morbid beauty. In terms of darkness, it eclipses nearly everything else."
Disc 1
1 Hollow, The
2 Magdalena
3 Rose
4 Judith
5 Orestes
6 3 Libras
7 Sleeping Beauty
8 Thomas
9 Renholder
10 Thinking Of You
11 Brena
12 Over

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