So after some legal difficulties, and a family issue or two to distract members of the band, Tool released a new album on August 30th of this year. Their first album since 10,000 Days which came out in 2006. It seems cliche to feature the title song on an album, but that was the decision Tool made. It came out as the first single. And it might be my favorite song from the album. If I had to pick. But that is always subject to change.
Tool is listed as “alternative” or Progressive Metal. They are Progressive Rock with a Heavy Metal foundation. Most people who listen to Rock all but ignore the drummer. That would be a mistake in this case because Danny Carey is one of the best drummers in Rock (of any flavor). He is always doing something unexpected. But then the other 3 guys are also unexpected.
Spin has some very nice things to say. Tool’s Fear Inoculum Is a Transcendent Return. (And the whole article is worth a look.)
Tool have never followed the structures or strictures of pop music, but still, there is something surprisingly accessible about the album’s overall effect. The title track begins disarmingly with a repeating three-note pattern, evoking Philip Glass as much as Metallica, slowly building into a work of somber beauty and grandeur.
Oh, and Every Song on Tool’s Fear Inoculum Has Placed in the Top 25 of Billboard’s Top Rock Songs Chart. And the album charted globally at #1 on its debut.
This song is “Fear Inoculum” from their August, 2019 album Fear Inoculum. It was released as the first single ahead of the album. It is the longest song to chart on the Billboard 100. (It’s 10 minutes and change, so grab the beverage of your choice.) Lyrics for the song can be found at this link. (It is Metal after all.) The drum work by Danny Carey is superb.
It took a long time to get this posting, considering the album was released August 30th, and the single closer to the 1st of the month. But it is an album worth a good listen. And it makes me want a really top-notch set of headphones. Like I said, Progressive Rock with a Heavy Metal foundation.