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10,000 DAYS

Tool

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.87 | 924 ratings

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prla
4 stars Because Tool have this tendency to release their albums five years apart and because there's also this other tendency of producing masterpieces, turns out the anticipation prior to each release reaches fever pitch. Perhaps "10,000 Days" has disappointed some people, and it certainly puzzled me for the first couple of days, but now I'm pretty sure this is quite simply "just" another Tool work of art.

As usual, the album is broken down into segments, groupings of tracks even if it all naturally flows from start to finish and it's over before you know it. "Vicarious" starts off powerful, great riffing and in a sense it reminded me both of Aenima, Lateralus and even A Perfect Circle mixed together. It segues naturally into "Jambi" which is another powerhouse of a track, including a most excellent talk box solo by Tool's guitar player Adam Jones.

I had some hard time trying to intuitively make sense of the "Wings For Marie"/"10,000 Days" segment that follows, but it was just a matter of turning the volume up a notch and letting myself get involved in the eerie atmosphere of these tracks. Beautiful, just beautiful. And moving.

From here, highlights for me are definitely "The Pot", old school Tool again with a great riff and "Right in Two", a beautiful slow song which showcases Keenan's amazing capabilities. The rest of the band is at the very top of their form as well. The music tends to revolve around Jones' guitar, which is versatile as always, but Justin Chancellor really does a great job with a lot of unconventional and powerful bass lines. As for Danny Carey, what else to say, this guy is simply one of the best drummers out there these days.

One can argue that this album has some filler in the form of tracks like "Lipan Conjuring" and "Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman)". Even the Wings segment stretches things out a bit. But in the context of Tool, it simply makes sense. I'm giving it 4 stars - and it's 4,5 stars really - partly because there's still 10% of the album I don't quite "get" and partly because I feel the "excellent addition to any prog music collection" description fits it perfectly. It's very likely, though, that within a couple of years this'll warrant the extra star.

prla | 4/5 |

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