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10,000 DAYS

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.85 | 859 ratings

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int_2375
5 stars After a five year break from 2001's magnum opus Lateralus, its no surprise that Tool returns better than ever. 10,000 Days is dynamic, brilliant, and at times downright weird.

"Vicarious" 8/10 - Tool has never opened with a weak track. Vicarious is an interesting exploration of several styles weaved into one hard-hitting song. Maynard's vocals sound especially experimental, ranging from rhymthic whispering to intense yelling. This is actually my least favorite song on the album.

"Jambi" 10/10 - This is something unique. The sound of the bass and guitar call back to Undertow at times. Maynards vocals soar over a repetetive, kind of machine gun riff which is prevailent through most of the song. The overall structure is complimented by a great talk box solo as well.

"Wings for Marie (Part 1)" 10/10 - This serves as the soft, but far from mellow, introduction to Tool's greatest epic. Something about it reminds me of the X-Files theme.

"10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)" 10/10 - Tool has outdone their own standards for an epic once again. This song is a poetic exploration of death, using the sounds of a thunderstorm as musical backdrop. Few things, if anything, ever recorded in music can surpass the beauty of Maynard's overlayed voices on this song, and I mean that. This song is that good.

"The Pot" 10/10 - It comes as a pleasant surprise that the rest of the album holds up to the standard of Wings for Marie. The Pot is a knockback to earlier days, but with new flare and invigoration. Its nice to see a band getting better and more creative with age rather than slowly burning out. The singing is unlike anything you've ever heard from Tool before.

"Lost Keys" 10/10 - This is the intro to Rosetta Stoned, and also one of the most surprising moments on the album. It sets up for what is apparently the story of a man who got contacted by aliens while he was stoned.

"Rosetta Stoned" 10/10 - Calling back to Reflection, Tool uses synths and distorted vocals in a brutal sonic assault. The whole band is on a creative explosion. The song is incredibly layered, and I'm sure will take years to fully figure out.

"Intension" 10/10 - From the brilliant metallic watery sounds to the electronic (think Aphex Twin) drumming near the end this is Tool exploring entirely new grounds and succeeding.

"Right In Two" 10/10 - This song proves that Tool have become totally unpredictable. Danny has pulled off some brilliant tabla drumming rhythms, melding seemlessly in with the sounds of his normal drum kit, and even some Chinese-style drumming used in a way I've never seen before. The fantastic drumming is complimented by palm-muted guitar and wonderfully bendy bass sounds.

This is simply the best album I've ever heard. 5/5 without hesitation.

int_2375 | 5/5 |

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