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Experimental/Post Metal

2.84 | 269 ratings

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2 stars This cd is really good for an ep. Mabye too good...

Positive things about it are that it sounds really fresh and honest. This ep is filled with anger. Even though it consists of simple songs which are not lenghty they manage to create a really nice overall atmosphere. While the music could be compared with the sound of thrash metal bands, the lyrics seem too sophisticated to allow this band to be categorized as an upcoming "thrasy sounding" band. It has moments that show tool is meant to become something bigger (of course noone could imagine such progression). Maynard's performance is great and you can tell there is something special about his voice.

Negative things about this ep are that the compositions are pretty simple and sometimes make the cd a bit boring, the really bad production (compared to the albums they released in the future) and the lack of imagination in the songs. Moreover while Danny Carey's performance isn't bad, you can't really tell from this ep that he would later become one of the most "intelligent" drummers in the rock scene.

In conclusion it's not a bad ep from a band that you can tell that has something special. However, I guess noone knew from this album that they would create masterpieces like Aenima and Lateralus. People who aren't really in prog and listen mostly to metal should try this ep before the others cause that way it may seem easier to get used to their sound. For those who are into prog Do not start with this cd! Tou can easily be disappointed. Finally, for those who have listened to their masterpieces, they should buy this ep just to see how much a band can evolve. Two stars!

sularetal | 2/5 |


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