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ÆNIMA

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.09 | 892 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars Aenima is one of the darkest, most sinister prog-metal albums from these neo-progenitors of the craft.

It gets a little too dark at times, particularly the over abundance of expletives, and the venomous spoken pieces that spew forth anger and bitterness in torrents. There are some great tracks amongst all the filth such as 'Forty 6 and 2', 'Jimmy', 'Pushit', and 'The Third Eye'. However I was put off by the excessive vulgar nature of the lyrics, and unnecessary undertones of nastiness, and even the air of gloom it resonates.

I am a huge fan of Tool's succeeding albums 'Lateralus' and '10,000 Days' so this was a huge disappointment. Certainly, dark prog such as Van Der Graaf Generator resonate doom, but it's done with more subtlety that tracks such as Tool's 'Eulogy' and the vulgar title track is over the top liberallyy using the F word. So for the sensitive progger such as myself, 'Aenima' is unappealing, however it may appeal to those who don't mind being verbally assaulted and taking an excursion down the blackened trail and vile underworld that is essentially Tool.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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