It’s a heavy record. Their trademark humor is absent. I think Maynard tried to lighten it up on 7empest a bit, but for fucks sake every song on this record is really damn serious. Maybe he felt like he had to because the rest of the guys (Adam) wouldn’t just say the thing is done. According to Maynard they had a “fantastic” record 8 years ago but it got canned by the band. I do enjoy listening to the band on their jams. Maynard definitely let them do their thing. https://www.altpress.com/news/tool-maynard-james-keenen-fear-inoculum-13-years/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00083gp I think it hit a lot of marks but light and fun isn’t one of em anywhere on here. I still love the album but it definitely requires you being present.