Ignorant Immortals (2018)
Released October 31st 2018
The sophomore studio album by PUPPET has newcomer Victor Karwacki (drums) bringing a rhythmic mastery to Jake and Darrens peculiar songwriting.
Is it not our purpose to question the model of reality that is presented to us? Do we have to accept it? The temporality of life and pain can be seen as a burden or something truly liberating. These central themes run through the album and encourage you to question what it is to be human.
Review of Z in Electric City Magazine
"In these strange times we find ourselves, there's something cathartic--even enjoyable--about apocalyptic imagery, pronouncements of the final winner-take-all fight between good and evil. Peterborough's PUPPET fill their debut album with these portentous visions, writ large in slow, intentional builds with a doomy, distant-thunder-boom darkness that occasionally explode into thrashing climaxes. It's heady stuff, and also technically complex to execute, as are the intricate, syncopated, and always-interesting rhythms the trio execute so effortlessly. The band has listed Tool and the Mars Volta as influences, and those are on full display here. But what truly sets PUPPET apart is the vocal work of Jake Bartoli. His voice is fragile, melancholy, and high--reminiscent of fellow local ELMS--set against a brawny, confident musical backdrop. It lends the epic storytelling--which is ultimately fairly standard prog metal fare--an unexpected emotionality and vulnerability, making the stakes feel very real."