Sound Into Blood Into Wine review by Puscifer

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  • Released: Sep 7, 2010
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (13 votes)
Puscifer: Sound Into Blood Into Wine
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Sound — 10
Maynard James Keenan's self-proclaimed creative subconscious otherwise known as Puscifer might seem like odd bedfellows for the documentary chronicling the trials and tribulations of the TOOL/A Perfect Circle frontman's quest to create an Arizona vineyard, but oddly enough the oft-experimental side project works effectively. With only Puscifer material on Sound Into Blood Into Wine, there is an obvious automatic kinship to the film. But going beyond that fact, the music does indeed match the emotional dynamics viewed within the film and at the same time serves as Puscifer greatest-hits package. The 12 tracks are remixed versions (subtly changed though they may be) of such tracks as Queen B, Indigo Children, and Drunk With Power, all which are driven by synth lines and captivating melodies/harmonies that do hold enough power for the big screen. Puscifer hasn't been embraced by every TOOL or A Perfect Circle fan out there, but those individuals might find Puscifer more intriguing in a soundtrack setting. There is certainly a massive amount of oddness to it all particularly given that Keenan opted to open the soundtrack with Sour Grapes" (Where's My Line? Mix). The satirical, spoken-word jab at organized religion isn't necessarily the first song that might come to mind for a documentary about wine, but it's amusing and engaging enough that it completely works not to mention that there is indeed a wine reference or two within the lyrics. Later on the album World Up My Ass takes the humor even step further with a twangy, country tune that is every bit a comedy bit as a music single. The bulk of the soundtrack excels in being everything from sleek and sexy to dark and witty. There are enough peaks and valleys in terms of tempos and arrangements that it has the ability to mimic the personal roller coaster that Keenan endured establishing his vineyard. Highlights include the twisted carnival vibe of Drunk With Power, the hip/quirky The Mission (featuring Milla Jovovich), the melodic perfection of Momma Sed, and the reflective/powerful closing track The Humbling River. That particular final track is one that any filmmaker would be lucky to find, particularly given that it's musically moving and lyrically pensive-yet-hopeful.

Lyrics — 9
It's up for debate how much these songs were specifically influenced originally by Keenan's own personal passion for wine, but in the end you can manipulate the meanings to fit the theme at hand in some aspects. Momma Sed most definitely reinforces the message of persistence with lines such as, Changes come; Life will have your way with your pride son; Take it like a man. General, yes but it works within the context of Blood Into Wine. Other tracks like The Mission or Queen B are simply way far gone from the film subject, but the majority moves the film along emotionally. If you simply reflect on the words, Keenan has once again delivered a collection lyrics that are everything from beautifully executed to thought-provoking to refreshingly not politically correct.

Overall Impression — 9
You could perceive the Sound Into Blood Into Wine soundtrack from a few different angles. On one hand you are getting some canned material (well, with the exception of the mix factor), a fact that some might perceive as being a fairly easy out. On the other hand you have to look at how the songs work with the overall outline of the film, and in this case the music is eclectic enough to reflect the events. If you already have V Is For Vagina and V Is For Viagra, Sound Into Blood Into Wine will be old news. But if you're new to the sexy, tongue-in-cheek world of Puscifer, the soundtrack makes for a fine introduction.

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    Kornholic
    adj209 wrote: MonsterOfRock wrote: Maynard can't write bad songs. Fact. What about the Nurse who loved me?
    It's a cover...
    napalm890
    wraith313 wrote: Can we just get another Tool album? Please? And better than the last one? PLEASE?
    Your saying that 10000days wasn't good enough for you?? That was an amazing album, your too hard to please.
    nickdohle
    10,0000 Days is my personal favorite TOOL album. I really enjoyed the spacey approach with the noodling. But I enjoy all of the albums they've put out. I hope the new one (whenever it may come)is something new and different. I enjoy them coming with a new stance every time.
    FCC_bigE
    If there's any albums to bag on it has to be Lateralus. They became so obsessed with time signatures and following mathmatical sequences that they lost flavor. Also, Ticks & Leeches seemed like a very forced performance by Maynard and wasn't a great track. 10,000 Days was great b/c you got the best of their "epic" songwriting (Rosetta Stoned)and complex rock (Jambi), plus Danny Carey recorded most drums tracks after filling the room with helium. Even though he was wearing a gas mask, that's still badass. Lateralus also wasted three tracks on 'sister songs', all which are good but still sound like small efforts from each musician placed together. Btw Blood Into Wine is available immediately on Netflix (through the mail) and it's really interesting. Admittingly the wine lingo doesn't sound any less douchey even from MJK. Possibly even more douchey considering the movie doesn completely ruin the 'mystique' that he's held for so long.
    kmd89
    lern2swim wrote: napalm890 wrote:Your saying that 10000days wasn't good enough for you?? That was an amazing album, your too hard to please. No, it wasn't. There were good songs on it but overall it was too much noodling spacey shit and not enough content. Weakest Tool album by far. Plus, the fact that you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" negates the possibility of your opinion being worth a shit
    How about you make a better album yeah? I think the content of your opinion is shit, aside from it being the Weakest opinion.
    MonsterOfRock
    10000 Days was amazing. Songs like Jambi, The Pot or Rosetta Stoned are some of the most original music made in recent times. And Tool way of gradually shifting onto the next song thru a so called 'filler' is nothing new. Tool isn't a cut n' dry band. If people call it a bad album just on basis of that, well thats just utter stupidity. Also, what tuning Adam Jones plays in, shouldn't be a concern like some folks are making it out to be. Tool is about the music.
    FCC_bigE
    MonsterOfRock wrote: 10000 Days was amazing. Songs like Jambi, The Pot or Rosetta Stoned are some of the most original music made in recent times. And Tool way of gradually shifting onto the next song thru a so called 'filler' is nothing new. Tool isn't a cut n' dry band. If people call it a bad album just on basis of that, well thats just utter stupidity. Also, what tuning Adam Jones plays in, shouldn't be a concern like some folks are making it out to be. Tool is about the music.
    His tuning is always drop-D for all songs besides drop B for 3 or 4 songs. So, for all practical purposes his tunings are standard for all musicians. I don't know why people would become obsessed with his tunings at all. My buddy told me Danny Carey tunes his drums to odd tunings, but that's beyond me. I think the only thing that is unusual about the sound they develop is that the '79 Silvrburst he uses has an element in the nitro finish that causes the sound to 'bend' a little bit. Now a silverburst finish is in EVERY model of guitar (saw it on a Tele yesterday) but those finishes aren't the same. The original silverburst goes from straight silver to a deep yellow over time and these ones won't change over time.
    lern2swim
    kmd89 wrote:How about you make a better album yeah? I think the content of your opinion is shit, aside from it being the Weakest opinion.
    How about you go back in time and give your mom a coat hanger to take care of her idiotic child before he's born. You're a moron. The "you make a better album" is a retarded argument. Let me get this straight, unless someone has released an album, made a movie, written a book, etc. they CAN NOT critique it? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I hope you can muster enough intelligence to look at your own statement and realize how ****ing dumb it was. Not only that, the rest of your post doesn't even make sense. "I think the content of your opinion is shit, aside from it being the Weakest opinion"? Really? What reality are you living in where that makes any sense whatsoever? How do the people in that reality even remember to breathe? Seriously, go back to licking windows on the short bus.
    lern2swim
    MonsterOfRock wrote: 10000 Days was amazing. Songs like Jambi, The Pot or Rosetta Stoned are some of the most original music made in recent times. And Tool way of gradually shifting onto the next song thru a so called 'filler' is nothing new. Tool isn't a cut n' dry band. If people call it a bad album just on basis of that, well thats just utter stupidity. Also, what tuning Adam Jones plays in, shouldn't be a concern like some folks are making it out to be. Tool is about the music.
    You miss the point. The fillers have always been there. 10000 Days is the first time they went overboard with the fillers to the point where the actual songs suffered. As I said, the songs that ARE there are good. There's just not enough content on the album. Not to mention that, despite your assertion, the songs on 10000 Days are NOT Tool's best. Not even close. Look, I'm a huge Tool fan. That doesn't mean I have to walk around with my tongue up their asses no matter what they release. If they release something that's not that great, I'm going to say it. 10000 Days is not that great.
    MonsterOfRock
    lern2swim wrote: MonsterOfRock wrote: 10000 Days was amazing. Songs like Jambi, The Pot or Rosetta Stoned are some of the most original music made in recent times. And Tool way of gradually shifting onto the next song thru a so called 'filler' is nothing new. Tool isn't a cut n' dry band. If people call it a bad album just on basis of that, well thats just utter stupidity. Also, what tuning Adam Jones plays in, shouldn't be a concern like some folks are making it out to be. Tool is about the music. You miss the point. The fillers have always been there. 10000 Days is the first time they went overboard with the fillers to the point where the actual songs suffered. As I said, the songs that ARE there are good. There's just not enough content on the album. Not to mention that, despite your assertion, the songs on 10000 Days are NOT Tool's best. Not even close. Look, I'm a huge Tool fan. That doesn't mean I have to walk around with my tongue up their asses no matter what they release. If they release something that's not that great, I'm going to say it. 10000 Days is not that great.
    You're an idiot mate. You're going around quoting people and basically saying 10k days sucks coz you said so, without any valid arguements. Lipan Conjuring, Lost Keys and Viginti Tres are the only fillers and roughly only 10 mins all together out of a 75min CD. Wings #1 and Intension are NOT fillers, so please stop wearing yourself as a hat. Content? Dude, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' is only 42mins, and its one of the greatest albums ever. You have no arguements other than being butthurt about not liking a CD that you waited 5 years for. If you're a hugh Tool fan, you would know what Tool is all about, and its not about pleasing YOUR ears mate. You're a huge Tool is about all you've established. Good day.
    biff022
    10,000 Days is an absolutely amazing album. Tool really went for it with Wings (1 and 2), and songs like Jambi (best use of a talk box ever) and The Pot (is that a pop song?). Right In Two and Rosetta Stoned are classic Tool monstrosities. People have slagged every release by them in the same way over the years (not as good as their earlier albums, they've lost it, etc) but it's all just posturing in an attempt to appear "over it". If you didn't like the album that's fine, but to say that the songs on 10k Days are their worst "by far" or whatever is simply just talking shit. It's just different than what you expect from Tool and maybe it doesn't suit your tastes. It's not like they didn't bust their asses to make it as best they could. They did. You just don't get it that's all. It's not like all of a sudden they sound like Creed or Nickelback. Like I don't get Rush, I can't listen to them, but they didn't write 2112 for me but I still respect them and their artistic integrity and keep my mouth shut when it comes to things I don't know anything about. MonsterOfRock has lern2swim painted in a corner on this one. No valid argument at all. If you just said "I don't like it", that would make sense.
    kmd89
    lern2swim, I admit, I had a stupid argument. I honestly don't enjoy picking people apart. In my case, It was a pathetic attempt. What I meant to say was you shouldn't compare 10,000 Days to their other albums. 10,000 days has a really great feel to it. Even though I don't know how many times you've listened to it, I think you should give it another chance. It's one of my favorites.
    Sam Wotrey
    kmd89 wrote: lern2swim wrote: napalm890 wrote:Your saying that 10000days wasn't good enough for you?? That was an amazing album, your too hard to please. No, it wasn't. There were good songs on it but overall it was too much noodling spacey shit and not enough content. Weakest Tool album by far. Plus, the fact that you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" negates the possibility of your opinion being worth a shit How about you make a better album yeah? I think the content of your opinion is shit, aside from it being the Weakest opinion.
    Good to know we're all adults here.
    doa169
    Woah... I'm gonna go listen to Aenima about 3 time all the way through, and pretend I didn't just waste 10 minutes of my life reading a pointles bitch fest... Shit
    charles_ebarb
    man how wierd is it to know that people are asking for more Tool when they have not even been able to comprehend their last albulm. Honestly guys, for what it's worth the other bandmates have lives as well. Maynard is the most public member in the band and he really promotes his other ventures. If ANY of you were real Tool fans, you would know that "Tool" is a side project, not their bread and butter. Since you seem to be so bored, how about finding out what the other members do while they are not making that amazing music. Did you know that the other members play in other bands, also?
    charles_ebarb
    doa169 wrote: Woah... I'm gonna go listen to Aenima about 3 time all the way through, and pretend I didn't just waste 10 minutes of my life reading a pointles bitch fest... Shit
    I am gonna listen to ALL the albums, starting...with the 1st EP! b/c I'm OGT.
    MrGuitarGuy01
    10,000 Days was a great album. Yeah it had some fillers that made it seem kind of eh,but the songs that arent fillers are amazing and made up for it. Vicarious, Jambi, The Pot, Intension, Right in Two, and both Wings are masterpieces. Especially both wings. Amazing album with just those listed songs. Personally Id be happy if they made another 10,000 Days...just less fillers.
    EpiExplorer
    Sam Wotrey wrote: kmd89 wrote: lern2swim wrote: napalm890 wrote:Your saying that 10000days wasn't good enough for you?? That was an amazing album, your too hard to please. No, it wasn't. There were good songs on it but overall it was too much noodling spacey shit and not enough content. Weakest Tool album by far. Plus, the fact that you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" negates the possibility of your opinion being worth a shit How about you make a better album yeah? I think the content of your opinion is shit, aside from it being the Weakest opinion. Good to know we're all adults here.
    Yeh, real hopes for humanity..
    adj209
    MonsterOfRock wrote: Maynard can't write bad songs. Fact.
    What about the Nurse who loved me?
    adj209
    Kornholic wrote: adj209 wrote: MonsterOfRock wrote: Maynard can't write bad songs. Fact. What about the Nurse who loved me? It's a cover...
    Hmm i thought all the cover songs were on eMOTive. Anyway, you're right in that case. He is awesome.
    kmd89
    I think it's better to wait and not dwell on a new album from either APC or Tool. It will come soon enough. Don't get me wrong, I love these bands, but it will take longer these days because the whole idea gets old to them and they have to always find new inspiration. They have to constantly reinvent themselves to a certain degree while maintaining their integrity. I imagine it's a very difficult thing to do. Let Maynard be, because he is going to continue living his life the way he wants to, as we can all see. Breathe.
    Black Orchid
    dimensionQ wrote: "The Nurse Who Love Me" was originally by Failure.
    Had to resist making some bad wordplay.
    SpiritThief
    I just don't really like computers. To much E noise for my taste. Not bad overall.
    Hellview
    Hopefully the movie gets linked so i can PIRATE IT. Suck it maynard. First.
    NHECOS
    Hey MJK... just make a record with TOOL... this wine sh*t is getting really old, reaaly fast.
    wraith313
    Can we just get another Tool album? Please? And better than the last one? PLEASE?
    JonnyMonster91
    Hopefully he's done with his solo shit for a while and gets busy on the ****ing 2011 album. Lazy ass.
    anecsey
    Maynard its a very smart person, I dont think hes into Tool anymore like the old days. The last album was a crap (to them obiously) because for a progressive musician like the four of tool, if the band dont get a new approach, a new view of music in each album, the thing begins to smell bad. Tool its not like AC/DC that they can release 20 albums with the same songs with different title, just because they can sell it. I think the creative engime behind Tool started to stop or decrease after Lateralus. I can live with that. But please, NO MORE 10.000 Days clones with Drop D riffs, and the same drum tempo in every track, with only 5 real songs.
    barden1069
    I actually like a fair amount of Puscifer, but I would definitely like a new Tool album above all else. Seriously, though, he is making the music he wants to make and doing what he wants to do. He doesn't seem to give a flying **** about whether it's critically acclaimed or not - he's doing what he loves and I give him tons of respect for that.
    jod23
    Seriously, though, he is making the music he wants to make and doing what he wants to do. He doesn't seem to give a flying **** about whether it's critically acclaimed or not - he's doing what he loves and I give him tons of respect for that
    +1
    CoreysMonster
    good on him for doing what he likes and wants to and shit, but for ****s sake, man, start making some more APC and Tool already!
    Spooni_Shaq
    barden1069 wrote: I actually like a fair amount of Puscifer, but I would definitely like a new Tool album above all else. Seriously, though, he is making the music he wants to make and doing what he wants to do. He doesn't seem to give a flying **** about whether it's critically acclaimed or not - he's doing what he loves and I give him tons of respect for that.
    Well good on you buddy, but i still wanna still wanna see a new tool album
    jethrobob
    what people don't see is that this is the outlet for maynard to get all the crazy and stupid crap out so he can focus his serious talents on tool, and if any leftovers remain apc. but still MOAR TOOL MAYNARD!
    Root Beer
    Izzy_Bryce wrote: Call me crazy guys but I wanna see another APC album first =P
    You're crazy.
    lern2swim
    napalm890 wrote:Your saying that 10000days wasn't good enough for you?? That was an amazing album, your too hard to please.
    No, it wasn't. There were good songs on it but overall it was too much noodling spacey shit and not enough content. Weakest Tool album by far. Plus, the fact that you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" negates the possibility of your opinion being worth a shit