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10,000 DAYS



Experimental/Post Metal

3.87 | 943 ratings

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4 stars More accessible and psychedelic at the same time?

Rating Tool albums is so difficult for me that it almost hurts. I'm a huge fan of this band, and I like this album very much. I really do, but when it comes to rate it I have a problem. First of all I don't find the concept and atmosphere to be equally appealing as this of LATERALUS. It is distinctive, it is different. I'm far from calling this an album of rehashed ideas! But LATERALUS is a masterpiece which transfix with absolutely unique and sophisticated ambience.

The atmosphere of 10000 DAYS is more diverse, there is more space for humorous elements in it. Just listen to Lipan Conjuring with some Indians singing "Neeew! Toooooool! Coooool!". It isn't so cold. Tool manages to create diverse concept which sometimes is even disturbing (Lost Keys for example) or extremely moving (The title track is the best example). The psychedelic elements merge with more rock ones making up very original modern psycho-rock work. But still, it is not as good as previous Tool's release.

The aforementioned title track is kind of novelty in Tools music, mostly because of an ambience. Very pleasant surprise to be honest. Composed in evolutionary, slowly-developing way, this piece is amazingly emotional. It might be the best track in this album, the most moving and original. I always try to avoid describing the tracks in detail, simply because I don't like it in other members reviews. So there is my metaphor about this song. It's hypnotizing like a view of stormy sky and just equally disturbing. The way the piece evolves causes thrills. The atmosphere thickens with every sound just to explode with... and oh, it would be too detailed description, sorry.

For some people the construction of this album may seem strange. I mean, there are two heavy and energetic songs followed by two very slow and atmospheric pieces. Than these two, so-called fillers come, which are, in my personal opinion, quite nice. It's obvious that Tool wanted to change this "piece-interlude-piece-interlude" pattern, but it actually worked better than the pattern of 10000 DAYS.

For me this album is great, but after five years of break it could be better. Tool accustomed us to be breathtaking but after listening to 10000 DAYS I've been breathing normally. Still, I think this record is a bit underrated since it is outstanding post metal release.

bartosso | 4/5 |


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