New Tool Album Worth The Wait? | Fear Inoculum Review

Just a quick video to give my thoughts on the new Tool album Fear Inoculum, the long awaited follow up to 10,000 days (released in 2006).


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Behold, a band that doesn't care! Like some mythical trickster from the past, they return to remind people that there's more to life than catchy tunes and microwave dinners. The truth is that this album is simply so dense and meticulously thought out that most people will tap out due to fatigue before being able to comprehend it in its' totality, which is where the true glory lies; the album at large. Apparently, early on, the band had planned for the album to consist of one single song, conceptually divided into "movements", not unlike classical works. And although the single-song concept dissipated somewhere along construction, there are still many residual aspects that nod to that original conception, with reoccurring motifs that weave throughout the album, tieing it all together. And I believe I read that the drummer still suggests listening to the tracks as movements. The compositions can be challenging because of their scope and ambition and I think that people generally have poor memories and thus fail to recall having been challenged by Tools' songs in the past. Personally, I didn't consider 10,000 Days a masterpiece upon first listen; same with Aenima. Super solid albums, yes, but masterpieces from the get-go? Not quite. Parts once considered weak grew strong with time. I think the same will become true of this album, for many fans. Fear Inoculum is a slow-grow, again, because of the scope and momentous scale of it. Are there stylistic shifts in the music? Definitely; years ago, Maynard said in an interview that his "voice was toast!" From then on, I knew that expecting harsh vocals and heavy yells on this album was a pure pipe-dream.. Does it detract from the potential violence of some of the heavier passages? Sure, but in no way does it ruin their ability to still crush you with tectonic sonics. "It's just not the same." Alas, some people will always prefer to be haunted by their favored ghosts long gone, gripped by a memory of how things used to be. And there's nothing that anyone, least of all the band themselves, can do about that. Will every single person that hears it love the album? No. But Tool fans who love Tool because they never fail to bring something new and fresh to the music scene will be able to do more than merely salvage from this work. It's a classic en embryo.

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