A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms (CD)


A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. The band’s music has been described as a number of different genres, though despite the sound changes and lineup changes, the writing process has remained the same for the band; Howerdel primarily writes the band’s instrumental music, while Keenan contributes the lyrics and vocal melodies. Mer de Noms (French for “Sea of Names”) is their debut studio album, released on May 23, 2000. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 4, making it the highest ever Billboard 200 debut for a rock band’s first album. Musically, the album features a sound that “returns the listeners to the daze of prog rock” and “blurs between alternative rock and hard rock, with many slower tunes exhibiting an intense smolder rather than flash burn.”


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