Publication: Texas Beat Magazine
Date: December 1996
Transcribed and Written by: Kelly Rush
CD Review - AENIMA/Tool (Zoo Entertainment) by Kelly Rush Dark and enlightening. Repulsive and fascinating. Haunting and comforting. Ugly and beautiful. Despite the contradiction, each of the aforementioned antonyms can be used to aptly describe AENIMA, the latest, and undoubtedly greatest release by Tool. Tool is contradictory by nature - a band that lives for the mindfuck, thriving on thinkingfeelingdoing. They are kineticism personified and AENIMA is the tangible result of that energy. This isn,t an album, it's an experience. Unlike the chunky primalism of 1993's UNDERTOW, AENIMA is gorgeously musical; a frighteningly mature foray into the darkest depths of feeling and emotion. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan's voice is subtly exquisite, even when he,s screaming his head off. Adam Jones's guitars are enticingly intense, ranging at any moment from pretty to pummeling. New bassist Justin Chancellor more than fills Paul D'Amour's shoes, and drummer Danny Carey is breathtakingly talented, not to mention among the most underrated in the business. If you want an album full of wit and whimsy, steer clear of this, or anything else Tool does. If you want music that will make you dig deeper within yourself than you ever wanted to go, that will make you face feelings you didn't know you had, get AENIMA now and be afraid. Be very, very afraid.