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10,000 DAYS

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.83 | 694 ratings

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Zarec
4 stars Te cunosc după sandale / Că eşti fată de locale

Tool is band that has tried to be a little bizarre by experimenting with textures, sounds adding synth keys in a industrial manner and on Aenima and Lateralus, the band achieved a certain level of avant-garde music and noise emulation. Taking all these under consideration, it's safe to say that 10,000 Days is the most melodic Tool album and, therefore, the most exotic. Using typical progressive rock structures and track organization, being eclectic enough but still playing a recognisable genre, the American band releases their fourth full length album in 2006 in a time when progressive rock seemed to have some a sort of commercial revival (for some years now, record label tend to add the word progressive to the description of the a bands genre).

Songs are pretty long and feature a mixture of alternative metal and funk breached by many mellow parts marked by psychedelic atmosphere, industrial music or even tribal percussions. This means that 10,000 Days is reminiscent of post metal as these mellow parts put together last just as long as the hard rock ones. Obviously, the complexity of the album doesn't lay within the executions or the technique of the musicians (both of them are good but not crucial) but in the texture of the sounds and the production. Wings for Marie (both parts) is proof for what I've just mentioned.

As for the more classical hard rock parts of the album, in spite of the simplicity of the guitar riffs, songs like Vicarious or The Pot, in spite of their length, aren't boring mostly because of the very good dialogue between the drums and the bass which have a funky style of which I spoke about in the beginning of the review. In some ways, you might consider 10,000 days as the second part of Undertow (due to genre similarities) only this time the music is perfected. Last, but not least, the vocals are the best Tool has to offer. Thankfully, no Opiate-like screaming here.

My favourite songs are Vicarious, Jambi, The Pot, Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann) and Viginti Tres (this one being an industrial music outro)

Zarec | 4/5 |

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