Tool - Fear Inoculum Album Review/Stream [2019]

Tool - Fear Inoculum Album Review/Stream [2019]

About The Band

Tool is: Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, and Maynard James Keenan  Photo: Travis Shinn

Tool is: Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, and Maynard James Keenan

Photo: Travis Shinn

Legendary Californian progressive and alternative metal group, Tool still really needs no introduction. But once again, they will get one. Formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, this Marynard James Keenen fronted band have produced four of the most beloved and successful modern metal records, starting off with Undertow from 1993, followed by Aenima in 1996, which was then proceeded by Lateralus in 2001, and most recently, 2006’s 10,000 Days. After 13 long years of anxious and often times frustrated waiting, Tool finally return with their 5th full length studio album here in 2019, Fear Inoculum. This review will cover the 10 track digital version of the record.


Fear Inoculum

The album starts off with the previous released single, sharing the title of the record, Fear Inoculum (make sure to check out the full review for the track as wel!). Continuing on with the record, it becomes easily apparent all four band members are still at the top of their game, albeit without much change at all from their past discography. In fact, the volume at which this new record sounds reminiscent of its predecessors could easily be viewed as a serious downside of the project, considering just how long it took to write, record, and produce. That being said, it is a winning formula nonetheless, repetitiveness aside. While bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey play out solid rhythm sections that oftentimes take center stage due to their prowess, guitarist Adam Jones pulls out some of his most memorable riffs to date, with Maynard James Keenan of course adding his signature lyricism through his iconic voice.


The Verdict

Photo: Official Tool Facebook

Photo: Official Tool Facebook

Clocking in at just under an hour and a half, Fear Inoculum is sure to satisfy that long awaited desire for new material for Tool fans around the globe, while simultaneously offering not much in the way of new or different ideas for the band that could draw in possible new fans, unless you’re a huge fan of ocean wave sounds and short sci-fi instrumentals, that is.

Overall, Fear Inoculum is a very strong and triumphant return to the mainstage for Tool. Is it the best Tool album? Absolutely not, but by no means is it a bad record by their high standards. While it certainly has its flaws, this album in incredibly well done regardless, and a must listen for any metalhead.


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