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Experimental/Post Metal

4.09 | 890 ratings

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4 stars By far Tool's best album. Lateralus is good, but it never had the intrigue that this album does. This album was one of the first that proved to a more general public that heavy does not mean evil, and that heavy can be indeed quite good and interesting.

Unfortunately, Tool is often seen as a band judged by its followers, who are mostly angst filled teens who feel people don't get them. Don't let the fan base discourage you too much. Tool, while pretentious to a degree, is very much keen on what they are doing. The best here is found in Manyard and drummer Carey, both seen as cornerstones in their fields. Carey provides not only outstanding technique, but quality choices in patterns and style. Manyard's voice is one of the most easily recognizable and powerful in music.

Well ahead of its time, and the band for that matter, Aenima is a remarkable and groundbreaking album. Everything falls into place here, one of the best albums of the 90's. 4 and a half stars at a minimum.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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