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10,000 DAYS



Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars Tool - 10 000 Days (review#2)

1. Vicarious - Good, strong piece, but somehow repeats the concepts already known from 'Schizm' and to a lesser extent from 'Stinkfist'. Kicks off the album with power. The lyrics are somehow atypical for MJK (more down to earth), touching the topic of 'blood call' in human's society. 4,5/5

2. Jambi - Weird rhythms of guitar and drums (somehow reminds me of King Crimson's 'Discipline' album, but is certainly much heavier) throughout the piece complemented by interesting vocals (whispering, hissing etc.). There is an effect-driven solo (Jones uses vocoder in this one?), but is too much on the front line for my taste. 3,5/5

3. Wings For Marie (Pt 1) - The first part of an honour-song to MJK's mother (who was being paralyzed for approximately 10 000 days). It's a bitter manifest to God in my opinion, as it states that even if mrs. Keenan was a passionate Catholic it didn't save her from torture and it was unfair from his side. Maybe she will be rewarded in heaven, but who is 100% certain? 4/5

4. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2) - Continuation of the epic, more interesting musically, with an incredible bass line (just hear it throughout the song). The emotions and anxiety seem to grow and erupt with force. 5/5

5. The Pot - Angry-driven track, reminds me of 'Hooker with a Penis' and pieces from the 'Opiate' EP. Nice rock track, catchy and well-played, but we've heard that before. 2,5/5

6. Lipan Conjuring - A humorous track preseting an Indian meditaion. We've heard tracks like that before. (No rating)

7. Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann) - An introduction to Rosetta. A patient (probably highly stoned ;]) is brought to the doctor. At first he refuses to speak but suddenly... (Not rated)

8. Rosetta Stoned - ...he throws out all his thoughts like a machine gun stating that he has been captured by aliens. Cool track, full of humour, nice pace changes and riffs, a little bit too long though. Sometimes seems like assembled randomly from different ideas. On the other hand the lyrics are hilarious. 4/5

9. Intension - An ambient track (somehow similar to 'Disposition' from their previous work). Danny Carrey uses an interesting style of drumming (is it an electronic percussion here?). 3,5/5

10. Right In Two - The beginning is fantastic, again touches the topic of God (as a creator this time). The chorus is somehow weak, I think that the piece is underdone in a way. 4/5

11. Viginti Tres - Essentially only a noise, some say that if you put it as backgroud to '10 000 Days' it will make a whole along with 'Wings for Marie'. Interesting, but what for? (Not rated)

The album is excellent in moments, but very uneven and as I wrote many concepts had been used before, there is lack of new ideas. I perceive it as a step backwards from the splendid 'Lateralus'. I still don't know if it was worth waiting 6 years for the album to come out (some say 'no', some say 'sure').

Overall rating: 3,86/5 (I counted tracks #6, #7, #11 as non-existent) - it's 4 stars for me

Boowka | 4/5 |


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