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10,000 DAYS

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.82 | 687 ratings

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imoeng
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4 stars 10,000 Days

Sorry for all ultimate Tool fans, but I consider this album is nothing compared to Lateralus. I always try to focus and review one album without comparing it to other album from the same band or different, but in the end, you will need some standard to judge the beauty of a certain album.

10,000 Days is Tool's fourth studio album and was released in 2006. The characteristic of the album is pretty much the same with Lateralus. The first thing to notice is the CD cover, which contains great artwork by Alex Grey, who created the cover of Lateralus as well. Same with previous albums, Tool never included the lyrics of the songs on the CD cover, without any reasons.

I always think that Tool is not 100% progressive metal band, since sometimes the songs lack of metal elements. Furthermore, the songs contain more alternative rock elements, also still progressive. In 10,000 Days, the alternative elements brought more so its kinda hard to judge and review also listen this album for the first time, since I expect more like Lateralus's songs style. Nevertheless, the album contains amazing hidden nuggets just like Lateralus, which I will explain more after this.

My favorite song in the album is Vicarious, which is the first track, and I think it's a very cool song for the opening track. The song got second rank in modern rock songs chart and its obvious because of the composition of the song, very good. The guitar part is very dynamic and the guitar riffs vary throughout the song. Wings For Marie is a song about Keenan's deceased mother. He explained in one interview, she suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. The length of time between the paralysis and her death was 27 years or approximately 10,000 days. This song is the followed with Wings For Marie Part 2, 10,000 Days. There are some songs in the album which influenced by eastern percussion and musical style, one example, Lipan Conjuring and Intension, which don't have modern drum riffs, instead percussions were used. The last song, Viginti Tres is somewhat a strange song, its like Lateralus's final track, Faaip de Oiad. The song doesn't contain any musical performance, no instruments and vocal sound, just some out-of-this-earth sound. I've seen on many website Viginti Tres is the Latin words for 23 (twenty three), which most people said this has some connection with disasters, and many occurrences.

So, in the end, I could just give four stars, because of some songs are just too weird, well, progressive songs are supposed to be "weird", but good weird. On the other hand, some 10,000 Day songs are lack of good musical composition. However, there are still some amazing songs, like Vicarious, The Pot, and stuff. I would not recommend buying this album if you are new into Tool, instead, buying Aenima or Lateralus.

Timur Imam Nugroho - Indonesia

imoeng | 4/5 |

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