After five long years, the new studio album from Tool is able. Are you? With just one EP and three album releases over a 15 year span, Tool has created a loyal and even rabid fan base, selling over 10 million albums and half a million videos in the U.S. alone. The first track from Tool’s highly anticipated new release will affect the world in April with the album release on May 2nd.
With a majority of the songs on 10,000 Days clocking in well past the seven-minute mark, you would not be entirely fallacious in thinking that the title of the album refers to how long it in reality takes to make it through the entire thing. Two of the tracks–the sitar and tabla enhanced “10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)” and its suitably epic psych-rock sister “Rosetta Stoned”–even linger on for nearly a dozen leisurely minutes each. That’s delightful news for the legion of Tool fans which were waiting five years for the follow-up to 2001’s Lateralus, which debuted at number one and sold 2.3 million copies in america. Singer Maynard James Keenan is back on mystical form after his hiatus with the politically slanted A Perfect Circle, sounding at once ethereal and eloquent as he calmly charges through the metal tempest of the opening track “Vicarious.” The remainder of the band, meanwhile, hits a series of high-flying moments with tracks such as “Jambi” and “The Pot.” When Tool sounds as good as it does on these songs it’s hard to get enough. Which makes it the entire more baffling that a surprisingly large chunk of the disc is given over to mood-enhancing soundscapes like “Lost Keys” and “Vigniti Tres.” Who has time for filler? –Aidin Vaziri
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