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Experimental/Post Metal

4.10 | 896 ratings

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Marc Baum
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5 stars Man, how to describe this? Well, there only can be a try: "Aenima" is a dark, haunting and a ultra-heavy progressive rock album with the experimental edge of King Crimson here and there and combinate it to one uncomparable overall-sound, which is a state of art record, and was (and still is) an important milestone in innovative rock/metal music in the mid 90's. If I would describe the single tracks on this work of genius (with exception of the filling throw-aways "Useful Idiot", "Die Eier von Satan" (funny German title though), "Cesaro Summability" and "(-) Ions", which steal the album one point, which would have been the full score), it would take too long and no one would spend the time to read it. It doesn't make sence to read about TOOL, you must listen to them, over and over again! The music here seems cold and untouchable after the first listen, but after several repeated excitement about it, the pure scary art shows off with all it's might and hidden backdoors, which you only can open, when you dive inside of this deep black hole. A black monolith - inside it you can feel the hammering puls of pure life, which finally set one free with an optimistic solution, how it only can be, when such artists make it to their exercise to give people through their art inner strenght to take destiny with a positive mind about life in their own hand. This is musically greatness! "Lateralus",..."Aenima" and "Lateralus" again (in change). Intense, hell-ish intense!

album rating: 9/10 points = 92 % on MPV scale = 5/5 stars

point-system: 0 - 3 points = 1 star / 3.5 - 5.5 points = 2 stars / 6 - 7 points = 3 stars / 7.5 - 8.5 points = 4 stars / 9 - 10 points = 5 stars

Marc Baum | 5/5 |


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