A Perfect Circle, ‘The Doomed’ | Track Review
Following a 13-year hiatus, Maynard James Keenan and A Perfect Circle make a sensational comeback with dark, damned new single, “The Doomed.”
It’s been 13 years since we last heard from A Perfect Circle. In 2004, the Maynard James Keenan outfit released their third studio album, eMOTIVe. We get it. Keenan is best known for Tool, but Tool hasn’t released a new album in 11 years itself (10,000 Days, 2006). So, getting a new song from A Perfect Circle is awesome, particularly when it’s a good song. “The Doomed” is just that, in the most damned way possible.
A hard-hitting-groove anchors “The Doomed” down early on. Both mysterious and dramatic – the expectation of Keenan’s work – “The Doomed” allures early on lyrically, musically, and vocally. Keenan is charged-up, with assertive, gritty leads. On the first verse, he sets the tone:
“Behold a new Christ / Behold the same old horde / Gather at the altering / New beginning, new word / And the word was death / And the word was without light / The new beatitude: / ‘Good luck, you’re on your own.’”
Indeed, Keenan and A Perfect Circle established a damned, doomed vibe. The blasphemy is incredible – at least contextually. The lyrics continue to yield a dark, poetic nature, while the music is excellent. There are hellish, souped-up guitars, driving, pummeling drums, and various symphonic cues that add to the drama and theatrical vibes. Keenan and company close with a bang as he asserts another new ‘beatitude’: “‘F*ck the doomed, your own your own.’”
All in all, “The Doomed” is excellent. The vocals are filled with angst, blasphemy, and unrepentant energy. The music is dark, enigmatic, and high-flying, with superb production. The lyrics are captivating and poetic, in the most atheistic way possible. No, there’s no hope to be found on “The Doomed,” but as a comeback for the collective, it rocks without a doubt.