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Don't tell me they like cricket too. Such a big band in my life, and something me and all my old school mates love talking about in ridiculous detail. 

 

I don't really follow metal anymore but look forward to this. 

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I wouldn't classify them as metal personally.  I think of metal as being quite mechanical (Tool have much more groove to their music than bands I'd think of as metal) and like Adam Jones, I find the term a little embarrassing.  I'd find it hard to classify Tool tbh. 

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I'd say Prog metal. The bass lines are funky but only metal and jazz have drumming that complicated and they aren't jazz. A tool jazz album though would be amazing though, obviously. 

 

But yes I think the fact the fact they are hard to classify explains why so many diverse music lovers are fans.

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What WK said.

 

So, whose going to be splashing £80 on the Special Edition CD that comes with a 4” HD screen and speaker?


Continuing their affinity for pushing the boundaries of physical packaging, the GRAMMY Award® winning outfit has created a deluxe, limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum. The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. Pre-orders for both the special package and digital downloads are available NOW. The 85-minute collection was produced by TOOL, with Joe Barresi engineering and mixing the release. Barresi also worked with the band on 10,000 Days.”

 

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Did anyone really think this would be any different though? 10,000 Days was incredibly uninspired compared with the preceeding two albums and that was thirteen years ago. Since then they've shown little hunger for doing another and none of them have produced anything worth listening to in the meantime.

 

The general sound of the track is really horrible as well. It's got this weird overly processed, digital thing going on like it's been run through some default effect plugin presets or something.

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Process for listening to new Tool songs:

 

1. Listen to song.

2. You don't like it.

3. Listen to song several more times.

4. You love it.

 

 

This has played out for me the same way for all the new stuff as it did with their previous work. I didn't like Fear Inoculum at fist and now here I am humming "Cake Sale! Cake Sell!" because I misheard 'exhale' first time through. I like Fear Inoculum, I love Invincible and the new album will be great I'm sure. Hype! It was amusing to see Tool all over the iTunes and Last.fm top 10 charts over the last few days, above Drake and Ed Sheeran and the like. "Every Tool Album Simultaneously Cracks iTunes Top 10" etc. Short lived but satisfying.

 

 

I strongly disagree that none of them have done anything else worth listening to - Puscifer has some great songs and the latest A Perfect Circle album is absolutely superb. Like, absolutely superb.

 

Cake sale! Cake sell!

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Quite a lot of 10,000 days I ended up liking through forced repeated exposure. I realised I actually just knew the songs and was usually waiting for one part in each song. That's not really liking them. I feel like I could probably do the same here but there's really nothing in the track interesting enough pulling me back for another listen. 

 

It's dull, sounds horrible and sterile and if this is the lead single then it bodes terribly for the new album. 

 

Vicarious was an excellent song. The rest of 10,000 days was mixed to say the least.

 

There's a reason they haven't done anything in 13 years. They haven't come up with anything they're happy with. Now they're under pressure. It's just for the money. Their retirement. 

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21 hours ago, El Stevo said:

I strongly disagree that none of them have done anything else worth listening to - Puscifer has some great songs and the latest A Perfect Circle album is absolutely superb. Like, absolutely superb.

 

+1

 

Eat the Elephant is great and Conditions of My Parole and Money Shot are both ace albums too. 

 

Some utter shite being talked on this page. 

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Well as a huge fan of 10,000 days above anything eles they’ve done (parabola is aaaaaamazing) I like this new track.

The bass line sounds a bit too familiar, almost recycled and I waited in almost frustration for it to kick in with a hard snare and groovy rhythm but it didn’t really happen.

I’m sure there will be magic in this album somewhere.

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On 10/08/2019 at 08:24, Horribleman said:

There's a reason they haven't done anything in 13 years. They haven't come up with anything they're happy with.

Only so many times you can try and make D,F&A sound different before you run out of time signatures, I guess. 

 

I used to be fully fanatical about Tool so I get the defensiveness when people criticise them. I have tried more with the new song than I would do with any other band but it leaves me pretty cold. I expected we'd be getting an album of this sort of stuff, but hoped for material like 46&2, Pushit and Schism. I guess those days are long gone now. Even as I type this, I'm hoping that the track they released is the only one like that and the rest of the album will be rocky songs. I suspect not though.  I expect this will be Tool out with a whimper, rather than a bang, sadly. Or maybe not... It'd be good if they did an album every six months for a few years, having spent the past decade writing and recording in secret. I expect that's what'll happen. 

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8 hours ago, Wahwah* said:

Only so many times you can try and make D,F&A sound different before you run out of time signatures, I guess. 

 

I used to be fully fanatical about Tool so I get the defensiveness when people criticise them. I have tried more with the new song than I would do with any other band but it leaves me pretty cold. I expected we'd be getting an album of this sort of stuff, but hoped for material like 46&2, Pushit and Schism. I guess those days are long gone now. Even as I type this, I'm hoping that the track they released is the only one like that and the rest of the album will be rocky songs. I suspect not though.  I expect this will be Tool out with a whimper, rather than a bang, sadly. Or maybe not... It'd be good if they did an album every six months for a few years, having spent the past decade writing and recording in secret. I expect that's what'll happen. 

I did too. I once took a day off work to get stoned and lie in the dark listening to Lateralus. 

 

10,000 days has 2-3 good songs and the journey that is 10,000 days and Wings for Marie but everything else is lacking polish or refinement. 

 

And their mellow stuff is fine after an album of crushing heaviness but not really all the way through. 

 

 

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53 minutes ago, Horribleman said:

And their mellow stuff is fine after an album of crushing heaviness but not really all the way through. 

 

Yeah, I wonder how much of the album will follow the blueprint of ambient noodling for ten minutes followed by 90 seconds of syncopated one note chugging then the whole thing starting over for the next track. 

 

Anyway, I had fun looking back at my old posts in this thread from 13 years ago and I wasn't happy with the then new album so I'm not sure why I'm bothering with speculation of this one. To all who like this version of Tool, good luck and enjoy.  

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