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Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 1644 ratings

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Marc Baum
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5 stars Now this is what I call complexity. Definitely not for people, who want a straight guide-line in their music (example: verse, refrain, verse, solo, refrain). The King Crimson fans Tool break with "Lateralus" all rules of the song structure-guidelines and present us an ultra- innovative prog metal, which is a big inspiration for other creative bands these days and only really works if you listen to it many times. It's a kind of dark, depressing and groovy music with an extreme own character, which search itself. I don't want to give some listen- examples, because this album only works as a full length experience IMO and should be only listened by people, who don't only listen to old 70's prog, but are open for new innovations and modern structured music with a dark edge. "Lateralus" is a journey, which you will make over and over again, it can make you addicted, but it's must be your taste, too. How the cover art shows: Tool isn't only music, it's art and "Lateralus" is the highest form of that for the prog genre. Only deaf people and those who are burried alive with the good old 70's think other-wise and avoid such a new-age classic.

This record simply deserves 5 stars, less would be a joke for such an original and innovative sound, from one of the best bands in this century of progressive music. It's time to appreciate this masterpiece, so for what are you waiting?

album rating: 9.5/10 points = 97 % on MPV scale = 5/5 stars

point-system: 0 - 3 points = 1 star / 3.5 - 5.5 points = 2 stars / 6 - 7 points = 3 stars / 7.5 - 8.5 points = 4 stars / 9 - 10 points = 5 stars

Marc Baum | 5/5 |


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