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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Three Sixty (Deluxe Edition) (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. The Hollow

2. Rose

3. Judith

4. Orestes

5. 3 Libras

6. The Package

7. Weak And Powerless

8. The Noose

9. The Outsider

10. Blue

Disc 2

1. Imagine

2. Passive

3. People Are People (Live)

4. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

5. When The Levee Breaks

6. By And Down

7. 3 Libras (Live)

8. Gravity (Live)

9. Fiddle And The Drum (Live)

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Track List: Emotive

1. Annihilation

2. Imagine

3. Peace, Love And Understanding

4. What's Going On

5. Passive

6. Gimmie Gimmie Gimme

7. People Are People

8. Freedom Of Choice

9. Let's Have A War

10. Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums

11. When The Levee Breaks

12. Fiddle And The Drum

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Track List: Thirteenth Step

1. The Package

2. Weak And Powerless

3. The Noose

4. Blue

5. Vanishing

6. A Stranger

7. The Outsider

8. Crimes

9. The Nurse Who Loved Me

10. Pet

11. Lullaby

12. Gravity

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Track List: Mer De Noms

1. The Hollow

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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kurtzetzsche
That t9oo
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Alternative 317...Love the Highlands... . H i k e the AT twice through Roan. Love that part of the country man!
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Ok then..... Anyway good song!
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WE ALL HAVE ISSUES... There are answers...so l u t i o n s to the madness. seek and you will find, ask and you will receive. Find true love and you will have peace....
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cvtmare
never seen such an active pandora conversation before...
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Matty, Fatnutsac com'on Dude.....
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Although that seems to be the poplar trend...Wide is the gate that leads to destruction. Did you know that gayness largely contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. Ah the irony, just sayin....
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Fun sky cool
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Cool
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Sorry dude not gay....
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I mean hot gay butt sex
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Kisses Indy
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It's cool it's your choice... Shaken the dust off my sandals and moving on Atheist...Lo v e ya Bro continually praying for you to see the peace in Him....
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purple
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Reminds me of winter rain
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Ok, hey again. It is good. Not on board for Indy. Why he wrap all in Jesus?
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Love it all!
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Its not about dying. Its about a an addict in recovery
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His voice tho!
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Oh but it is Kennymartin 149. You must die to yourself to be born again....
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Dying's not beautiful.
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"Better than tool" blasphemy
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I love this song... Truth
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Better than Tool
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Maynard is the man.but he's not writing all the songs u think he is
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YAY!!! By and Down. Finally Lyrics! :D :D FLOATIN ON DOWN THE RIVER ;)
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Perfect circle brings God and life together!
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No hope in humanity peeps?
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3 Libras baby
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The talk about this one
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What song are you talking about r.agne1981
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Listen to the spiritual reference and see this is not only a good song but can be called Christian rock
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Oh.
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I meant weren't offensive
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Nope
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Wait, are you being sarcastic?
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If you remember the discussion Atheist was more offensive then me but hey, who cares.
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Sorry for the typos I'm using my iPhone... I think you get the jist
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I guess Dan your commits went offensive... Lol
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Nope I think it was just athirst and I....
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I can appreciate their motive for proceeding with such an action. We did type quite a lot.
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Did our whole discussion just get deleted? Wow XD :P
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god gave us free will to do exactly what he has planeed for us?
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danbannana you have some awesome arguments good job!!
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clintonhasel h o r s t
Don't forget about PUICFER
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I agree @ Crazy Diamond- I'm not feeling any peaceful energy from Indiana especially- just argumentativ e judgement; Very hypocritical to what he's preaching
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XD
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Atheist??? Kinda hypocritical telling someone to open their mind don't you think? If you had another brain cell to use they would fight.
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A Perfect Circle Jerk sucks so now this blasphemous POS has two bands that suck!
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Kilo tmb. Skylit Drive radio
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