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  • I bought Aenima after i had loved Tool's next album (Lateralus)
  • The proggy, darker tones come right back after it, with some of the best songs in the rock scene as a whole

    • by Postrock

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      I bought Aenima after i had loved Tool’s next album (Lateralus). I found that Aenima is just as good. When Aenima was released Tool was just a promising name in the hard rock genre, this album enstablished the band not only as a great name worldwide, blessed by sales in the millions, but also as an extremely original new approach in hard rock.

      The album opens with their least experimental piece, called “Stinkfist”, serving as perfect bridge from the kind of song oriented approach they had in their first album to the longer, darker tones of this

      one. After this excellent opener, Aenima really starts to shine. Eulogy, starts showing that there’s something new and more subtle in the bands sound, wich now takes their time developing long rithmic intros and a darker, psychedelic, approach. “Eulogy” clocks over 8 minutes long, and starts showing some kind of prog-rock approach to song structure. The next few songs confirm this, as “H.” and “Forty six & 2″ develope their arrangements in crescendos, playing around with the usual conventions of the hard rock song structure.

      Pleasantly the band is still able to rock hard though, as you ...

      • can hear in the following “Hooker with a penis”, with its overwhelming urge and ironic lyrics. The proggy, darker tones come right back after it, with some of the best songs in the rock scene as a whole. “Jimmy”, built upon few riffs that just keep on growing on you in crescendo until the chatartic explosion in the end, “Pushit”, clocking slightly below 10 minutes, is my least favorite, and then the best of the lot, the title track whose title is slightly modified to “Aenema”, featuring again ironic, harsh lyrics and great craftmanship.


        last song, “Third eye”, is in my opinion not only the best song from Tool, but one of the best songs in the whole rock genre of the last 30 years (not boasting it here, i really believe it). “Third eye” clocks at almost 13 minutes, and its a masterpiece in the history of rock music.

        There’s so much more to be said about Tool and this album, but i’ll let you discover it, oh, lets not forget how the album is dedicated to the great Bill Hicks, with small excerps of his speech inside the album.

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