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ÆNIMA

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.07 | 660 ratings

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obiter
Prog Reviewer
5 stars My terrific first encounter with Tool. I have to admit being very pleasantly suprised at the time.

The controlled dampened driving chords of Stinkfist contrast with the constrained and melodic vocals. The undeniable attraction of the music is rooted in this contrast: dark and brooding on the one side overlaid by a gentle and and measured ; of course the storm is unleashed in bursts. The vocal intensity when this happens reminds me of Gary Stringer from Reef.

Thoughtful arrangement, precise selection of instrumental sounds and above all the constant feeling of a band tightly controlling straining power. Too many pure metal outfits over indulge in blasting the listener: undoubted talented musicaship is lost in a raging storm of confusion. With Tool the listener can sense all that energy but it is released at just the right time with just the right amount. it's a delicate balance and one which is difficult to find.

If you class this as prog then it's an excellent album. If you reckon it's too metal ... give it a listen you may be suprised. Since it's classified as prog and in prog metal within this genre its 5 stars.

obiter | 5/5 |

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