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5 stars 9.5/10

The more I listen to Tool, but I wonder how this might have band size commercial recognition, offering one of the most difficult and indigestible musical sounds of today? This band is amazing. And Aenima is a huge step for them, compared with his regular debut Undertow.

This record is a powerful, heavy and dark. Like, very dark. but it is a masterpiece (not deprived of its defects, however), and where the characteristic elements of banda music already begin to appear - polyrhythm, short and experimental interludes. The four members do not skimp on your skills, and I'm more than happy for that.

But first let's talk about the problems ... What are the interludes. Ok, they are a brand of band, but I sound more like white elephants. Unlike those heard on Lateralus, here they hinder rather than help the general listening of the album, the only exception being the fun Intermission, an organ solo that serves as a prelude to Jimmy (and that is a proof that Tool has good humor, from time to time).

But you almost forget that there are fillers when you hear the songs principal. Tool may not be known for his musical proficiency, such as "orgasmic solos", but they are skilled, so there is no attempt to deny. As a drummer, my attention is more focused on my companion instrument, here is Danny Carey, who despite his occult interests, is one of the best today. His technique, his influences, his genius ... inspire me. And the other members do not lag behind are "monsters" in what they do.

.Stinkfist is the first song on the album, and although it is a "radio music" is wonderful - a hard rock-heavy, with a delightful instrumental section. It was this song that made me arouse interest in Tool (after failing to convince me to The Patient, though tonight I like this song). Eulogy is even better, a slow and mysterious introduction to King Crimson là before the song explodes with its references to aggressive L. Ron Hubbard. I particularly love the way the bass comes in five minutes - Justin Chancellor is my favorite drummer of today!

H, Forty Six & 2 and Jimmy are the typical Tool-esque songs (forty Six & Two reminding me of the song quite Driven to Destruction of Riverside) . My real surprise came with Hooker With a Penis, whose title and lyrics obscene may sound challenging, but fail to import to the power of song. I have to say, this song is so violent and terrifying that scared me, but it is one of the highlights of the album. The same I can say for Pushit, which is a masterpiece. I love everything about this song, and that surprises me on my first listen (before listening to Aenima in its entirety) I have not impressed me with her. The title track won the Grammy and is another "monster" song, fantastic lyrics and a powerful work of Jones and Carey. The last song is the epic Third Eye, and I must say it took me to enter it. It's chaotic, experimental, avant, dark, and certainly not the kind of thing that everyone falls in love immediately. Although not my favorite here, now I can see that really great.

So, this is a masterpiece, but for now, Lateraus is better. 5 stars.

voliveira | 5/5 |


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