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Experimental/Post Metal

4.07 | 1034 ratings

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5 stars Ænima is a transistional record from Tool, great example of musical evolution which led the band to absolute perfection on Lateralus. Nonetheless, I still claim that this one is brilliant, even if not perfect. This album is a psychedelic post metal at its finest.

Musically it is more mature and gloomy than Undertow. Every aspect of the album: sound which is deeper, music which is more sofisticated and progressive, make up one consistent artistic journey to regions where no man had trod before. Songs are built on fairly simple but very interesting riffs, distinct and specific bass parts, captivating drumming and fantastic vocals. It is not as progressive in term of rhythm as Lateralus, but there are some very interesting polyrhythmic parts. Songs develops in an evolutionary way, gradually atmosphere becomes thicker, themes introduce new moods and emotions.

This record is about feelings, often negative, but expressed in a very intriguing and moving way. With bass, one guitar, vocals and drums this band creates some of the most incredible sounds I have ever heard! Tool managed to write an innovative music, which may be brought under post metal but it is actually unique. There are still many rockish parts, like "Hooker with a Penis", but this album is first of all progressive and it initially defines future style of the band.

Many people complain about interludes. They claim that these are annoying distractors, that they are completely worthless and sometimes even spoil the fun of listening to the album. Well, I cannot agree. I can't stand Message to Harry Manback but the others are okay in my opinion. They effectively enhance a psychedelic experience.

This is psycho-dark post metal record, very emotional and absolutely unique, both musically and in term of lyrics. Moving, disturbing, reflection provoking... listen to it, you will get what I mean.


PS: The album was dedicated to Bill Hicks, great philosopher and one of his kind comedian. You can hear two fragments of his show in the last song.

bartosso | 5/5 |


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