Puscifer at the Met Philly: a bizarre but wonderfully aural experience

Live Review

Puscifer. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia

Live Review: Puscifer and Moodie Black – The Met Philadelphia-June 24, 2022

There are regular rock bands and then there is Puscifer. One just has to experience their shows to know what the previous statement means. Puscifer is on their “The Existential Reckoning” North America tour with Moodie Black and Rock at Night was at The Met Philadelphia to experience that.

Moodie Black. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

The night started with Moodie Black who presented a 30 minute compact set. The experimental sounds and visuals on the screen in the middle of the stage created an eerie but really interesting atmosphere. Noise rap is a unique genre and as a three-member group, they were able to create a strong presence to get night started.

After that, the stage was cleared and set up for what everyone was waiting for – Puscifer. First, let me describe the stage design. There were two large retro TV sets on the sides of the stage. In the middle, there was a loft made of metal and below there were two big industrial fans. The whole stage had multiple tube lights creating a futuristic atmosphere. The lighting on the stage was spectacular and almost gave a movie-like feel at times.

Puscifer. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

The show began with a statement from Maynard James Keenan A.K.A Agent Dick Merkin. It was funny, weird, and had lots of references to (you know if you follow Puscifer) “Spam”.  The show commenced with all the members dressed as agents. I do not know how to describe what happened for the next 2 hours – it was bizarre but I was completely engrossed in the music and performance happening on the stage. For some songs, Maynard and Carina were literally standing still–motionless-and singing. For other songs they were dancing frenetically around the stage.  Maynard joked with the audience and even forgot the names of the band members. There were three bald agents (almost alien-like) roaming around on the stage and at times interacting with the audience.

Puscifer. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Overall, it was an absolutely stunning show with sound, visuals, and an almost theatrical experience. Maynard James Keenan and Carina Round were able to create a unique vocals by using chorus,  harmony, and blending both the tonal qualities which were amazing to hear especially on a live show. Full credit to Mat Mitchell on keys and guitar, Josh Moreau on bass, and Gunnar Olsen on drums for delivering the aural experience which makes Puscifer stand out. The setlist for the evening consisted of mostly the songs from the albums Existential Reckoning and Conditions of My Parole.  Some crowd favorites included “Remedy” and “The Humbling River.”

It was a fantastic show experience and by the way, still nobody knows what is inside Maynard’s briefcase–which is among many other mysteries of Puscifer.



Shuvam DasGupta