Publication: RideBMX Magazine
Date: February / March 1997
Transcribed by Matt Lupo (SUBLEVELS@aol.com)
page: 70 author: Maria Rhodes "Tool's third album, AEnima,takes all of the angst and feverish rage of their first EP Opiate, mixes it with the polished quality of their second album, UNdertow, and bypasses the theatrical flourishes that bloated Undertow's sound. Several tracks on AEnima are worthy of clutching to your black little heart, especially the emphasis track "Stinkfist", which starts with an evil-sounding steel drum sound effect and showcases Adam Jones' driving, crunchy guitar rhythms. Also excellent is the title track "AEnima" [AEnema], which explores more dark corners than most are comfertable with. The music of AEnima is as dark and foreboding as Tool's previous works; chunky guitar licks stutter over complex drum and bass lines, evoking mental images of the annihilation of cities. In all, AEnima is a welcome blast of noise from a band that has been resting on its laurels for far too long."