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10,000 DAYS



Experimental/Post Metal

3.87 | 943 ratings

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5 stars OK I'm shallow.

I reckon the CD packaging integrated 3D goggles and artwork are enough for at least 3 brownie points or a Blue Peter badge depending on where you come from).

I did not expect to like Tool. I'm a spaceprog/symphonic/zeuhl fan (sheez what an anorak). Aenima really surprised me. Lateralus was also tremendous. At first 10,000 Days

The opening Vicarious is typical of the strong rhythmic driving metal expected. As ever the vocals are measured and clear. The guitar lead work is different. There's been a lot of thought put into creating interesting tones rather than a proliferation of notes. Maybe that appeals to the space progger in me.

Here's the rub with this one. There is more thought, more attention to detail, subtler use of tone. The tracks do not have the same strength as Lateralus or Aenima. It's a trade. the more I listen to this album the more it grows on me: the previous two I've heard were more immediate.

Maybe it's 5 years too early to review this one. I'm no Robert Parker, but this young album seems set to mature well: one for laying down 94-96 (2012-2018). An essential addition to any cellar.

obiter | 5/5 |


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