It’s the year 2000. Almost out of nowhere comes A Perfect Circle and their debut single Judith with the punchiest of snare drum fills and an opening guitar riff that would become one of the most recognizable intros in recent history. And instantly they had everyone’s attention.
At the height of their fame the band entered an indefinite hiatus, mostly due to vocalist Maynard James Keenan’s commitments to one of his other notable bands, Tool. That was until 2010, when guitarist Billy Howerdel announced that the band would be returning to active live duty. And although this activity was sporadic at times and rather quiet from 2015, it was a glimmer of hope for fans the world over.
Finally, the wait is over and this hope has manifested itself in the form of a new album. Titled Eat The Elephant, this is a release 14 years in the making that sees the band in fine form yet again. It delivers 12 tracks of pure perfection and takes you on an epic journey the way only A Perfect Circle can.
Beginning subtly and lulling you into a sense of calm with the title track, Eat The Elephant quickly ups the ante with its second offering, Disillusioned. This track in itself gives you a fair warning of what lies ahead when the guitar-heavy intro quickly cascades into a quiet, piano-laden bridge that again escalates into a full band outro.
This loud/soft dynamic is expertly represented throughout the entire album, most notably on lead single The Doomed. The dual guitar work of Billy Howerdel and James Iha blends in beautifully with the piano work strewn unexpectedly and appropriately across the albums run time. In fact, a lot of the left-of-center instrumentation that the band explored on their 2004 covers album, Emotive, makes its way into the new songs and melds effortlessly with the more standard rock side of the band.
Eat The Elephant serves the faithfully patient fan base that the band has accrued over time and most definitely does not disappoint. It’s A Perfect Circle from top to bottom but with a bit of age and wisdom. An absolute masterpiece to add their flawless catalog of musical mastership.
A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant will be available April 20 via BMG