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Experimental/Post Metal

4.10 | 900 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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5 stars Despite the fact that you'll hear them on alternative radio and their legions of fans are, in the majority, angry teen gutter-punks, I must proclaim that: with this album-- Tool IS progressive metal!

Even more than a decade old, Aenima has lost none of its dark, brooding edge; it still remains amazingly fresh and unique, with its sinister assault to the senses and emotions. Very few albums have such a monstrous combination of sonic experimentation, instrumental proficiency, compositional songwriting, and memorable performances as this one does-- every track on here is a winner. From shattering choruses to shadowy ephemerality, the band proves that they are masters of their craft, with no one member of the band stealing the spotlight. Keenan's lyrics are as smart as they come, while his voice demonstrates wide range and power. Carrey's drums are deservedly praiseworthy, and Jones/Chancellor a like evil magicians with their guitars-- eschewing solos in favor of atmosphere.

The result, is a black tapestry of emotion for the listener to sublimate their own with; nothing purges anger better than Tool! Highly recommended to people who think this kind of music isn't for them.

Songwriting: 5 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 5 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |


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