New Tool Album. Anyone Else Listening To It?

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  1. Narsh

    Narsh Well-Known Member

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    I gave it a listen yesterday. Immediately removed it from the phone.
    Very very weak album from them in my humble opinion. I expected more after the long hiatus. And, no I wasn't expecting another Lateralus or Undertow. Sounded like a B-Side collection.

    I equate it to something like Dream Theater's "The Astonishing". Well thought out, well executed, well produced but totally missed the mark.
     
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    Avoiding listening to any tracks, buying the album when available then an undisturbed listen on headphones.
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    OK, so it sounds like Narsh is a bit undecided on this one. :tearsofjoy:
     

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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It's definitely very different from their early work, which I've been listening to today. It's a different vibe. I think both vibes are fantastic.

    The first one is the vibe of angry young men...the second one is the vibe of angry young men who are turning into older, wiser philosopher monks. If you catch my drift.
     
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    Some earlier stuff certainly has lyrics that are pretty angry, Opiate is a good example.
    You certainly see his attitude change a lot in Lateralus, Parabola is a good example.
    I think more than anything, his outlook on life was always impacted by his mother.
     
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    how can one be angry being a vintner, that seems like the most laid back thing in the world.

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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i think he realized he needed to find a calmer life...and he is calmer...he doesn't scream on this album....he croons most of the time, but belts it out a bit, especially on the last track. for a few seconds, I thought I was listening to Metallica.
     
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    So
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    Good
     
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    The guitar tone alone.....been chasing it for years and this is the best I’ve heard it.

    Anyone on this forum that likes cranked amps, give this record a listen if only for the sweetest sound of a heavy ass Les Paul with some decent humbuckers banging through some of the best amp tones you’ve ever heard. If you’re a fan of Les Paul’s I think you would enjoy this album.
     
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    whew just finished my first listened. lot of conflicting thoughts/emotions

    it's a very good album overall. it's hard to complain about this band's output when it is so meticulously crafted and presents so strongly. the production is glorious - real speaker candy. the drumming is insane throughout - danny is easily the standout performer on this one for me.

    i do have some disappointments though. while it's not surprising, maynard is pretty subdued throughout. his vocals are solid, just not much of any fire/edge.

    there aren't really any real bangers on this album. this doesn't seem like an album i'll be belting out to in my car much (certainly compared to their previous albums)

    i wouldn't have started the album with Fear and Pneuma up front back-to-back. They're good songs, but they do seem to contain a lot of recycled ideas at times and run a little long (esp. Pneuma). Culling Voices was kind of forgettable for me on first listen. I think I zoned out. Maybe it will grow on me.

    Descending and 7empest are very strong. Engaging from start to finish.

    Invincible is an instant classic for me. Easily my favorite track

    I would have ditched some the filler tracks (Litanie, Legion, Mockingbeat) in favor of a shorter run-time. this album is almost 90 min. long!

    hard to score it after one listen, but it's at least a 4/5 for me

    obviously it wasn't going to live up to the hype of a 13-year wait, but it definitely doesn't suck. very worthy entry into their catalog
     
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    I think it’s a challenge to divert from playing every song in D Aeolian/D Phrygian, which is predominantly what most of their tunes are in due to playing in drop D tuning most of the time. So much of their progressions are based on D-F-G in a lot of their tunes.

    My first take is that it’s amazing. Their records definitely seem to grow with additional listens so I hope it doesn’t go the other way for me!
     
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    This is a very good representation of how I feel. The album didn't blow me away, but I think a lot of that has to do with the hype and expectations from this long of a delay. It has some great moments and I really enjoyed almost every track.

    They just announced a tour, so I'm looking forward to the battle - Ticketmaster crashing 40 times and then all the scumbag broker assholes buying up all the decent seats in advance and reselling them for $2,000 on Stubhub :).

    I remember the last time this big of a tour happened after a long delay (Radiohead), I had like 5 computers up simultaneously and managed to score floor seats. Don't think I'll get that lucky again, but we'll see...
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    This is why I'm glad I've never heard their other albums. I've obviously heard a few of their songs over the past few decades, but never listened to an album....so I could listen with fresh ears and no comparing to previous albums.

    So....I have no idea if I'll like those albums more or less....but I love Fear Inoculum. Really, really cool music. Adventurous, ambitious, uncompromising.
     
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    Is it out on CD today too, anyone know?
     
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    It's on streaming platforms.
     
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    Yep, CD in stores/online and streaming. Still no news on vinyl :imp:
     
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    I think the last CD I bought was 10000 days...I preordered it on Amazon.
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    Nice! Apparently there's some crazy rechargeable video screen in this package or something, sounds about right for Tool. I'm still waiting on news for the freakin' vinyl edition...I think it might be a while because it looks like they're going to be reissuing a lot of their albums including 10K Days which has never had an official release.
     
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    I gave it a second listen and I'm still not crazy about it. I agree though, drumming and production are top notch, guitar tone is unreal but again, nothing stood out for me. Just my opinion though. Killswitch Engage's new album however..... RIFF FEST!
     
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    Jimmy Bareesi does it again.

    KILLING JOKE is touring with them! FUCKING HELL YES!!
     
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