Publication: In*Press Magazine
Date: October 9, 1996
Transcribed by Daniel Steadman (email@example.com)
author: Alan Smithee The first thing that must be said about Aenima is that it's been a long time since I've heard such a mind boggingly powerful musical statement. With virtuosity and imagination, Tool have settled into a style of music that is dark, angry, relentless and as frighteningly compelling as music can get. Tracks such as Hooker With A Penis and the title track show that this band can rock in a manner that becomes such a direct and precise expression of white hot rage that just listening to it is enough to give you an adrenalin rush. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea I could understand; I'm generally put off by heavy and dark music because it gets bogged down by stylistic cliches (such as the growling style of vocal delivery popular amongst a lot of death metal bands) which I find either sound just plain silly or else become a mockery of the expression of an emotion as powerful as anger is. The music of Tool is sufficiently anchored in melody and catchy, riff-making to be attractive to more than just your average heavy music lover. It is rhythmically as dynamic as music of this style can get (just check out Forty Sic and Two, (sic) the chord prgression of which builds over a drum solo to an amazing crescendo) and is peppered by quirky tracks such as (*)Ions (sic) and Intermission which are interesting explorations into other sounds and textures which give the album an overall dynamic quality. The band has used every trick within their means (including some great production work) to ensure that this album is of the purest expression. By doing so with an alarming passion, Aenima is an album that stops nothing short of the sublime.