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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars The Nu Prog movement begins.

In 1996 this was Tool's best work, following their heavy and disgruntled Undertow (1993), and though they've made much better albums since, this one is still worth mentioning. Still made great my Keenan's grumbling vocals this album has a lot of great songs, but in my opinion, a bit too much filler. Tracks like STINKFIST and HOOKER WITH A PENIS still feel like the old band, grinding out heavy music, while others such as H., 46 & 2, and EULOGY would see the band hit a more prog direction. The obvious standout here is the 14-minute epic THIRD EYE, which codas the album with some great, and haunting, work done by each member.

This is likely not a great album to listen to if you're more used to the likes of Yes, but for those that enjoy King Crimson or VDGG this is kind of similar, except about 20 years later... However, Tool has always been, and always will be an aquired taste. All that put aside this is a good album that is quite an enjoyable listen, 3.5 stars.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |


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