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Fear Inoculum Tracklist:
I’m not fooled. Stop trying to pretend Maynard can still sing. We all get old. We all have to honest with our selves. It’s time for Maynard to be honest with him self and us. Go make your wine bruh. You can’t sing anymore.
Not the usual hard rock album. It’s not about songs it’s about the album as a whole. More like classical music in a rock version. Like it a lot. Pink Floyd only better musically and edgier.
So I remember doing the Lynyrd Concert in Aug 30th. That night, on the out, 80% atleast, the roadies all had this playing from their workstation or their btooth attached to their carabiner. Dope stuff I must say. Crazy, utmost respect for this band and it’s cult following.
When I first heard the album I was unimpressed. The more I listened, the more I ‘felt’ the music. I just saw them in concert and was blown away! The album is SOLID and like a lot of other Tool, it isn’t necessarily a casual listening thing. The songs build, grab you and pull you in. You’ll want to have your amps turned up to ELEVEN and it will give you chills.
Truly no offense, but I find this album underwhelming. Maynard sounds tired. Riffs sound derivative. Danny's kit sounds clunky. By comparison, remember the first time you heard Stinkfist? I'm happy for the folks who are really into this album, and I'm glad it was worth the wait for you. I just feel like so many other bands have been putting out killer albums over the past 13 years: TessaracT, Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, Karnivool, Obscura, Katatonia, Opeth (okay, maybe not their last two albums...), Intervals, Dead Letter Circus, Chevelle, Deftones.... The metal/progressive landscape is vast, and there is so much good music to listen to. No waiting required.
I went to see them in concert for this album and it was boring. They had a curtain in front of them for 3 songs and you could barely see Maynard. Musicianship is great but the concert was a snoozer.
Reading through all the bad reviews here is quite disappointing. I've been a huge fan of TOOL since their inception. Each album they have released has been a journey through their career, musically, as well as how life has changed their perspective on life. As we ALL age in life, we gather wisdom, and learn along the way. This album is no different. TOOL's first offerings were from a very young, angry bunch, just as all of us were. Then over the years, the wisdom, and meanings of life as we know it change us, and our perspectives. Those that have expressed their negativity about this album seem to be stuck in a bygone era, that most of us have grown away from. They were expecting the angry, screaming lyrics of MJK, and the stompy thrash of the earlier albums. What we get with this album is a look into how the band has matured as musicians, and as people. 13 years between albums is a long time, and we have ALL changed during that time. This album is about deeper thought processes, both lyrically, and musically. MJK doesnt screm out the lyrics now, because he has learned that he doesnt have to scream to get the meaning, and his point across. The maturity of the band shines through with the musical depth that the album brings. The boys in the band are bringing an insanely complex style, with time changes, multi level tonal changes, and longevity with every song. Granted there are only 6 songs on this masterpiece, but listen with your mind wide open, and appreciate the difficulty of what the band does. Anyone that listens to this album that has any appreciation for musical theory, will be astounded.
Certainly happy to see a new album by a very talented group! Songs aren’t bad, but they don’t have the same “drive” and energy that 10,000 days had. Long chugging builds just don’t seem to peak the same way, which ultimately makes it seem kind of tedious and drawn out without a resolution. It feels like I am just hearing the same power chord chugged over and over again.
When this album was released, as I am 47yrs old; it has become a part of me. Something that I didn’t even know I required. Even though I have been a member of the TOOL Army since 1992. After 25yrs in the U.S. Army and many combat tours, I can barely sleep each night more than 4 hrs if I am lucky. At midnight, at the release, I put my headphones on, downloaded the album and put it on repeat. I fell asleep!! I have been listening to this EPIC offering ever since. EVERYDAY. Period. In my truck, in my house, in the shower. It is a part of my very being. Thank you MJK, Adam, Justin & Danny. You have given me some long sought solice. Thank you! 🤘🦍
At first hearing their single “Fear Innoculum” I wasn’t the biggest fan at first. But over time hearing the complexity behind the music it grew on me a lot. And when the album dropped I was supper excited. I got lucky enough to hear “Invincible” and “Descending” live before the album released which were the two I was really curious about awaiting the album. And man they didn’t disappoint one bit. Maynards vocal melodies on “invincible” are HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Tempest and Pneuma are incredible as well! Overall I’d say Tool is not a band for the casual listener. Which took me a while to adjust to when listening to them 13 years ago. But they killed it with this album!
I'm a diehard Tool fan who has been listening to them since the early 90s, but this album is their worst - and the only album by them that's bad - and contains a bunch of "filler." HUGE disappointment!
Truly worth the wait and their patience to wait until they felt it necessary to make new music is why all their work is of such high value. I appreciate the length and build up of these songs.. while the lyrics are meditative and self aware, their clean, hard biting sound just completely hits the spot yet again. You can hear the “era” on each separate Tool album and no doubt you can feel the evolution yet again on Fear Innoculum. Enjoy.
I really enjoy the album for what it is, a unique sounding Tool album. Without comparing it to the older albums or being biased to old favorites, this album is a work of art in its own right. Very nice breath of fresh air from other music out there recently.
Beautiful raw rock n roll. Sophisticated flows that come together so beautifully. This is real rock. Go listen and go on a journey. I sure hope this isn’t the last album from TOOL. They are extremely gifted and the best rock/metal band of our generation. I can’t thank you enough MJK and TOOL for releasing your albums on iTunes. I immediately downloaded their entire catalogue. Please please please, I bed you TOOL, keep em coming. You have so much more, left to explore. Anyone who doesn’t love this albums, simply doesn’t have ears to hear. Unfortunately, with TOOL releasing all of their albums on ITunes, I believe it could be a message, that Fear Inoculum was their swan song. I sure hope I’m wrong though. They can do so much more and MJKs other side projects like APC are good, but nothing they do compares to TOOLS work. Hopefully they just released their albums on iTunes so everyone can experience their music. I pray that this isn’t it. I will be devastated if my favorite band calls it quits, with so much more material left to discover. Their sound NEVER gets old. Every album is timeless and they should NOT stop now.
Breaks my heart to see so many negative reviews. I fully understand that some are disappointed because the album differs so much from the rest of Tool's oeuvre, and some may genuinely not like the songs. I get it; I was uncertain at first, too. However, to dump on Fear Inoculum so mercilessly seems unfair. The songs, musicianship, density/complexity, and production all are very high level. I'm 100% convinced that if this were the 1st Tool album long time fans heard they would be blown away. It's worth being in everyone's rotation for Danny Carey alone. My humble advice to all: Wait til no-one else is home, play it at max volume in a dark room. Stunning and moving and revealing.
Months later, still listening and loving it. No, actually I am loving it more. Would stay on 7emptest and Fear Inonculum, but as a let the whole album play out, then i realize what Descending and Culling Voices and Pneuma and Invincible are. They are simply AMAZING. Thank you to the band, the producers, the sound engineers for this.
Absolutely worth the wait. Very very dense...repeated listens are the key. This album requires some effort but it’s 100% worth it. You will find this album grows on you more and more with each listen. New sonic details are revealed each time.
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Great work by Tool and Joe Barresi. I’m impressed with the clean full dynamic without ever feeling loud. The envelope is right where it should be. I wish more records made today were like this. 5 stars on sq alone.
Just a money grab. 13 years for 6 songs? They wrote 4 almost 5 albums in the same time frame. This was just a 6 song money grab to go along with them announcing them joining iTunes... Wake up people. Nonetheless... it’s awesome.
Transcendent audio experience. I suggest you listen to it five times completely before you can even begin to understand what they have created. Takes some work but there are no bad songs on this tour de force from artists at the top of their game. There are no imitators. There is only one Tool.
Moaney vocals - check. Delay on slap bass - check. Open chord strumming - check. Polyrythmic over complicated drums - check. Long songs - check. Quiet / Loud breakdowns - check. Same. Old. Thing.