A cryptic website named CodeThreeSixty has sprung up and visitors are asked to decipher a code on the site. Using the runes that A Perfect Circle is so fond of, the message, once deciphered, simply states, “More To Come – Billy Howerdel“. See, the thing that gets me is that Three Sixty is the name of the band’s Greatest Hits album, which was just released last week (purchase via iTunes). For there to be “more” on a greatest hits album, there need to be new songs. This is what leads me to believe that fresh material is in the works.
Now, keep in mind that this is pure speculation and nothing should be taken as fact. Billy Howerdel has stated in the past that he’s working on new Ashes Divide material and Maynard James Keenan is keeping busy with Puscifer and a new Tool album, which is in the process of being written.
We’ll simply have to wait until official word comes out on what this site precisely means. Meanwhile, we can appreciate that we have at least one new song in the form of “By And Down”, which you can hear below! READ MORE
Prog-rock band A Perfect Circle has released a stream of “By And Down”, the band’s first new song in nine years. It is a studio recorded version of the song that was recorded during the band’s re-emergences in 2010 and 2011. It appears on the band’s upcoming greatest hits album Three Sixty, which comes out November 26th. The track can be streamed at Spin.
The song has all the trademarks of an APC song. It’s haunting, spacious, beautiful, and features strong syncopation. Vocalist Maynard James Keenan shines with some aching, yearning runs and Billy Howerdel coaxes some tried and true guitar tones that throw me back into the days of Mer De Noms and Thirteenth Step.
In a recent interview with Las Vegas Weekly, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel spilled the beans on the status of a future APC album, stating, “…I’d love to – when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind.” However, Howerdel has his focus elsewhere right now: “…right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs.” Howerdel hopes to enter the mixing phase of the new Ashes Divide album in January or February.
APC’s last album was 2004′s eMOTIVe, which was a collection of cover songs from such artists as Devo, Depeche Mode, John Lennon, and more. There were also two original tracks on that record.
Meanwhile, APC will be performing their sole 2012 show tomorrow night in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. READ MORE
While going through the Bloody-Disgusting Forums, I stumbled across a thread started by Anton Crowley which showed videos of Adam Monroe (keyboardist/backing vocals of ASHES dIVIDE) doing piano covers of Tool and A Perfect Circle songs. One of the videos was of my personal favorite track from Mer De Noms, Orestes. I used to play that track over and over again, so upon starting this cover, I was quite apprehensive. Would there still be the same eerily haunting beauty? Turns out the answer is yes. Check out the cover below and allow yourself to get a little lost. READ MORE