The production of the album is really good , with more balance progagonism of every instrument compared to Lateralus, where the guitars are god. The singer is well known for having a supernatural ability to hold long notes with his voice. Fortunately for prog fans, Tool has a lot of musical appeal, too, even on this early album where the band is still working out their identity and sound. Of course, one can't talk about a Tool album without touching on Maynard Keenan. For me the biggest attraction is the band's playing, which is undeniably great. Archived from on September 15, 2013. Archived from on September 15, 2013.
Distorted guitar plays in the background during spoken word. After that comes back on and off a few times, the rest of the song is silent other then a continuing sound. But then is it her writing this review? Each member of Tool is like a dark magician, creating evil spells alone in a corner with their instruments. Let's hope the best for the album that Tool are composing right now! There are a lot of highlights in this record and obviously the opener : 'The Grudge' sets the mood very well, while not being the strongest track. The album as a whole should definitely be picked up by fans of the band, who on Prog Archives are probably coming from the group's more diverse, experimental, and enjoyable later albums. The fact that the music only got better in subsequent albums even makes everything sweeter.
Posted Monday, May 16, 2016 Review 1565878 My wife is not too crazy about this album. All of the instruments compliment each other amazingly, with a great menacing chorus. Let me get this straight; I absolutely despise the vocals for this album. The band often spend quite a few years writing and recording their albums in order to make them perfect and there is often a gap of 5 years between each studio album. Tool appearing at the in 2006.
And that's is not a little thing. Hearing this great work today is still impressive! This includes a mixture of anger fueled songs and emotional, tortured songs. It features Tool's signature riffing in non-standard time signatures and very pressuring, even claustrophobic atmosphere that finally defined Tool's vision. This album with it's concept as a whole beckons back to the seventies when bands actually cared about art regardless of how high they were on drugs and being manipulated by record executives who were probably ten times more high on freak knows what than the guys in the band were. If this track had been an instrumental, I might have actually enjoyed it.
Here is my actual review. The bridge kicks ass, with awesome riffs and double bass coming after Keenan's screams of 'This is my love'. But the problem is that the good parts are so incredible, that I must give this album four stars. The songs are good, heavy rockers, but less complex than what was to follow. The album also settled for a more progressive sound and contained many lengthy pieces. My brain always feels absolutely numb afterwards.
Just end the goddamn album already. Archived from on September 24, 2015. Posted Saturday, September 8, 2018 Review 2023132 With 10. Truly an album that will deeply enlighten you to a higher vision. The band introduces us one of the most memorable Tool moments.
I am very open to listening to new types of music, and for me, progressive metal was a new journey. The album was succeeded by another five year hiatus where the band members worked on their side projects. I think they should have utilized his screams instead of the whiny vocals to emphasize the different emotions going through this song. Tool managed to create a timeless sound with a perfect production rich on details. Just amazing start for this album! For a first studio album it is superb, you can hear the sounding of the music turning more and more progressive with very progressive guitar riffs, amazing vocals and really strong lyrics. But Tool does it again. It starts with slowly speeding up percussion.
Following legal battles with their label, the band went on hiatus. The guy's a master performer. Tool tries to keep up the fantastic atmosphere set up earlier, but most of the material seem rehashed and I think should have been left out. The album was succeeded by another five year hiatus where the band members worked on their side projects. Is by far not so good as Lateralus, and it's also clearly under Aenima in my opinion, but it's another strong release from one of the most interesting and unique bands un progressive metal.
But sadly, Wings for Marie is too slow and boring, despite the solid lyrics. The music is heavy, lyrical, angry and encompasses influences from everything from early Black Sabbath, Zeppelin to 90s King Crimson with originality. There are still some prog elements, and the album is still very enjoyable, just not so much in a progressive vein. However, about two minutes through the songs slows down to steady drum beats. I find the obsession of Maynard to distort his voice in some songs a bit annoying, but otherwise nothing to complain about the sound of the record. There are many, many prog songs that follow the same trope and ace it. One of the best prog rock albums I've ever heard.