New Tool Album. Anyone Else Listening To It?

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  1. Overt1

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    I'm a Tool fan and I've heard it twice so far. I like it, but I don't love it... at least not yet. Standout tracks for me are Pneuma and 7empest. I think everything on this album sounds great, but I wouldn't give most of the credit to the instruments or amps; I'd give it to the production team behind it all.
     
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    Listening to my 2nd song from this CD. 7empest. Both songs have shared that the sound seems really thin to me compared to Lateralus. I know I could EQ it, but was never necessary with earlier tool recordings.
     
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    I'm actually shocked at how much love this album is getting from long-time Tool fans. I've read numerous people write that it's vying to be the 1st or 2nd favorite Tool album.

    It seems a lot of other artists from olden times get little love from fans with their new releases. An example is the Pixies. I've been a huge fan since their first release. When they started releasing new material in recent years, it seems most old fans turned their noses up. I myself think the new stuff holds its own with their first run of albums.
     
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    I think it holds up very well. Very befitting fifth album.
     
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    Evil Joe Barresi is a monster. It is engineered and produced well.
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    yeah, i think it sounds awesome

    but there are some OCD anal retentives on another forum complaining endlessly about all the clipping they're hearing throughout the album.

    I've listened to it over 30 times on various headphones and have not heard clipping...
     
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    Always some asshole that likes to prove their superiority by pointing out flaws that most other can't hear or see.
     
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    Yeah I haven’t really noticed yet.

    Good news it’s not anywhere near as bad as Baroness’ Gold & Grey from a production standpoint. That’s another really good record but it’s hard to listen to.
     
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    CD is nowhere to be found here! Guess im ordering it..

    Did someone say Riff Fist? The trio from down under....huge sound off the beaten path.
     
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    Sold out everywhere as far as I can tell.
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    They didn't release a regular CD. Only the deluxe limited edition verions that costs about $40 and is missing three musical interludes.

    Right now, the only way to hear the whole album is via digital download.

    No word on when or if there will be regular CD and/or vinyl.
     
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    I only listened to the 1 track listed . I've never been a big fan yet I generally like them and this new track also. Sonically they are very rich and heavy. They seem a little plodding sometimes or maybe the vocals dont grab me. I do suspect I could listen more and become a bigger fan. I should. I also suspect I'd enjoy them live. They have always just been on my periphery.
     
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    Went to buy it yesterday at FYE, manager said they sold out in a matter of minutes on Friday, and they weren't sure when they would get more in.

    Where the fuck does one buy a cd these days, in person?

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    My friend’s wife stopped at FYE on Friday and she got the last two copies they had, one for them and one for me.

    This was after he had checked our local record store that day and he got shorted half of his original order, he only received 30 copies and they were all spoken for.
     
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    I don't have the CD, but I will buy the vinyl when it comes out. And after I buy it, I'll just admire the contents without listening to it because I don't have a record player lol.
     
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    OK guys, I have a Plex server. For those that know what that means, PM me your email address and I'll give temporary access. You can listen there.
     
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    All songs are legally available on their youtube page: LINK
     
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    Just heard the whole thing finally...

    Production is amazing, the album sounds fantastic. The tones are impeccable for both guitar and bass. Maynard sounds as good as he ever has. It's remarkable how cohesive yet separate the mix is, a wonderful job. It's a success.

    And I still can't get enough of that talkbox solo tone that Adam sprinkles in.

    So why don't I love it?

    It's not really what I want from Tool. The songs seem to hit the same note over and again, not much to separate them from one another. There's not a whole lot of dynamics over the course of the album. It all sounds... same-ish. 7empest is a highlight, but there's no Jambi, no The Pot.

    Also, I'm not a big fan of interludes on albums unless they are in the service of main songs. These, by and large, seem like recorded noodling. It's Tool noodling, but still...

    I'll give it another go or three, but it's not really what I want to hear from them. I miss their fire and intensity from earlier efforts. It's not a horrible album by any stretch, but it's not near their best work.

    I will definitely be using this album to A/B compare the mix to productions of my own. It's that good.
     
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    Massive Tool fan here from back in the early 90’s. I was even the singer for a Tool tribute band for a while.

    Don’t like the album.

    No need for me to elaborate further, rrobbone already expressed my exact feelings in the post above me :)
     
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    Im a bit torn on this album as well now that i've listened to more of it. Definitely like it, just torn.
    While I like what i've heard so far, musically its top notch, well thought out and very elaborate.
    The vocals is where i'm torn. While most people don't listen to Tool to "sing along", I find a lot of my favorite Tool songs have parts in it that you can definitely sing along with, a good chorus if you will or a great melody. This album doesn't seem to have one that jumps out. Maybe it's cause I spent a lot of time when I was very young listening to a Beach Boys greatest hits over and over so I love a good catchy chorus.
    As Tom Petty said, "their A&R man said I don't hear a single".
    Theres nobody in my mind that rivals them musically today, and Maynards lyrics are extremely deep and make you think but my favorites right now are still Lateralus and 10000 days.

    While i'm not exactly looking for "angry maynard" as I know he's grown as a human being, I just feel he phoned it in a little too much on this one compared to even their last album.
    I think Eat the Elephant may have missed the mark too. Never even bought that one though..
     
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