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A Perfect Circle

Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle is an extension of the alt-metal-fused-with-art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to mid-'90s. While similar to Tool in intensity and melancholy, A Perfect Circle is less dark and more melodic, with a theatrical, ambient quality that incorporates occasional strings and unusual instrumentation.

After the release of Ænima in 1996, Tool found themselves in the midst of an extended legal battle with former label Freeworld Entertainment. When the dust settled two years later, the band reached a 50/50 joint venture agreement for future recordings and, feeling a little burned out, decided to take some time off. It was at this point that Keenan joined up with Howerdel and Paz Lenchantin to form A Perfect Circle. Keenan had met Howerdel in 1992 when Tool opened for Fishbone. Howerdel had been Fishbone's tech at the time and had played Keenan a few of his songs. Keenan was impressed and the two talked of collaborating in the future. However, the opportunity didn't present itself until after the Freeworld settlement. With Keenan on vocals, Howerdel on guitar, and Lenchantin on bass, the trio recruited ex-Failure and Enemy member Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar and ex-Vandals and Guns N' Roses member Josh Freese on drums.

The quintet rehearsed together but didn't announce the formation of a new band until performing for the first time on August 15, 1999, at a benefit concert at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Howerdel, who had been composing songs for years, as well as working with bands such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, became the band's chief songwriter and producer. A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. Thirteenth Step followed in 2003, and the covers album Emotive appeared in 2004.

Shortly after the release of their DVD set aMOTION, A Perfect Circle went on hiatus. During their downtime, Keenan went on to record albums with his solo project, Puscifer, while Howerdel began making albums with his new band, Ashes Divide. While rumors of the band writing songs cropped up now and again, A Perfect Circle returned (to the stage, at least) in 2010, and released their first new song, "By and Down," on their 2013 greatest-hits compilation, Three Sixty. ~ Tracy Frey
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see they don't give a f**k about you...like I do
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ryansmith312 1 5
One more medicated peaceful moment....
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If only there was some way to get off my lazy, a** learn real guitar then throw some creative Maynard way... oh well, guess its band app and couch for the rest of my life.
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happy junk food day maynard
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I know@bargasr y a n ( Hi, btw :-) I'm not hanging out over on Taylor Swift's or One Directions' comments page! Or what's that other band kids like- 5 SOS pads , lol . Angie's List, that was funny....
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@Nicko, @nutsac..NUT S A C at least you literally have the balls to have an open profile! I respect that! All things Tool are dear to me! So I post upcoming shows etc.. What I don't get is if you hate these bands why are wasting time in the comnts sect. I don't listen to Bieber, therefore I wouldn't waste my time in his comments sect. Be positive and comnts on the music u like! This isn't Angie's list! Comnts are for like minded peps to further knowledge of the music we love. You should try it.
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A Perfect Circle is the thinking man's Tool or NIN. Orestes and Judith are both prominent figures in Greek and Hebrew mythology respectively . A decidedly anti-Christi a n thread runs through much of their work, There is also quite a longing for suicide and death through it all also. Saw then open for NIN in New Orleans right after first album dropped. The entire set was stunning
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I also agree with cgwallace's comment. Well said! A Perfect Circle is incredible music. Maynard and the band are so talented musically, creatively, and their music really makes you FEEL. They are artists- creating real unique music not like today's mainstream pop crap.
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ryansmith312 1 5
Hail satan to all u scaryass b**ches who keep talking blasphemy 666
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ryansmith312 1 5
Again with this little shriveled nutsack bastardfuck f**k your god
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Distance, may be between us, yet lyrics...con n e c t us. Thanks...
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F**K YOUR GOD!!!! ...A.P.C.... t a l k to Jesus Christ as if he knows the reasons why...
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Listening, relaxing, smoking good.....!!
A Perfect Circle... sets the entire evening from there.....
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mellyltms91
I like all Maynard's music!!
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djohnson6616
I like apc but definitely prefer tool They take so long to make music but it's always worth it. There is not one album tool made I can say I don't like. I play all there music with my brother. We're obsessed lol.
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I love all kinds of music & A Perfect Circle's simple soft slightly hard sound & melody literally helps me get through anxiety. Thank You A Perfect Circle
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zeusbubbs
I second cgwallace's comment
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I don't understand why people can't just enjoy the music and quit trying to start something... T h i s is real music that hits all emotion, just kick back and get lost in it. If you don't like it, leave and listen to something you like..that simple
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rollineyes20 1 5
Maynard is an atheist and damn genius. If he scares u then get then f**k off :)
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austimik
Rest in peace grammar
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zeusbubbs
I don't make sense to fools makes me feel pretty good
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outreachth
My brother turned me on to Tool
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tlandry043
Tlandry is the biggest troll of all . He can't even spell right.
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nicko252008
Flying phaggot, sucks maybards dhick every night! haha!
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zeusbubbs
oh and he has another band called puscifer too satanic? yeah sure calling Satan a p**sy is satanic makes perfect sense
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zeusbubbs
as far as being asleep he has a song for them too stay asleep as far as I care you obviously can't hear the beating of the drumbs
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zeusbubbs
your comments prove how foolish you are if you had any idea what he was talking about you would not say anything. I bet you idiots watch football
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Nicko is butthurt once again I actually love that you take your time to not only insult the band but do it numerous times... I think you have this obsession to swallow Maynard's load and that's why your so upset because you can't and will never.. Don't be too upset at music but even if he was talking about just god and not his feelings towards his mother who cares??? Who cares if I said God sucks balls??? What will it matter to you really tho?? Your probably just a ridiculous excuse for a religi
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
3 libras amazing.
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tlandry043
Can't this guy just go to hell already? Maynard is a blasphemous POS. btw summer is fine.
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ethrun6
Flyinghobo if you hate the stuff so much then how come you keep coming back to leave a post
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Love it!! And I'm a Christian :)
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Judith is not just a rant about God. It's about the singer's mother named Judith you dumbass. His mother was diagnosed with some kind of disease that made her become paralyzed. Maynard the singer, thinks God brought this upon her suffering and she still she prays to him. Maynard is very mad at God. He is a religious man in different ways. Flyinghobo, people like you need to think through what Maynard is talking about.
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Flyinghobo15 8 . You can't appreciate this kind of music because all you give into is that bullshit other bands feed you.
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3 Libra and Judith are the best <3
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Rest in peace Jose Chavez Stillman
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What a great song writer.
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I first heard APC when they were opening for NIN in 2001. I remember thinking "damn. This band is like a mellow version of Tool. The singer sings EXACTLY like Maynard!"

Yes, I had been living in the middle of nowhere and had no idea who they were. My friends corrected me after laughing at my ignorance for a bit.
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howerdale a f**king demon! no need say anything at all about mjk....we all know his musical genius.
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@BEANIES.... . . . F n love that part!
covered in chills with this song!
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rock45690
One of the meanest guitar grooves Ive ever heard!!! Makes this song special.
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New PUSCIFER getting ready to come out
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You cast your demons out.
Not to pull your halo down...
Around your neck and tug you down to the ground...
But I'm just a little more than curious how you plan to about to make your amends to the dead... To the dead...

With your halo slipping down
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abioxabiox
Don't fret precious I'm here. Step away from window. My favorite
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WTF Maynard? We need some new s**t!
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maynard james keenan is an alternative GOD!
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Im embarrassed about my negative comments!!! This sect is to share the beautiful music we love!!!
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Great tunes for the mind
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Kick a**. 53 now I think.
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