Publication: BMG Canada
Date: Fall 1996
Transcribed by Shane M Brouse (email@example.com)
Buzz Music Gossip title: TOOL aenima Not content to ride on the success of their first two albums, Tool are returning to continue their subversive aural mission. It has been three years since Canada embraced the "Undertow" LP, which has reached platinum status here based on the singles "Sober" and "Prison Sex" and the band's unique and fascinating musical style. On their new album, Tool continues this musical odyssey, challenging listeners with blatant imagery and uncomprimising viewpoints on all aspects of modern society, questioning the ideals and values that most people blindly accept. Bassist Paul D'Amour [transcriber's note: some one hasn't told them about the line-up change as will be obvious...], vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have all had some time to reflect on their success, and rather than rest on their laurels, they've created an album that challenges listeners to keep up with them. It hasn't been all work and no play. Late last year the band took a break from recording, and D'Amour got together with some friends from Failure to work on a side project. Calling it The Replicants the group took songs by some of their biggest influences, including Neil Young, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, and reinvented them. Keenan appears on the album as well, as guest vocalist. Since then things have taken a turn for the serious, with the new album and a full fall tour in the works. "Aenima", the new album, examines the band's preoccupation with destruction, religion and the accompanying emotions of guilt, weakness and hatred. Tool are back but they haven't mellowed out in the slightest. Keep your eyes open for the release of the single and video, "Stink Fist".