Publication: Hartford Courant
Date: Unknown, 1996
Transcribed by Gary Desai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
title: TOOL-Aenima author: Justin Seremet Either Tool os trying to be prophetic with it's multi-image vision, inside the CD box, of California sinking into the ocean, leaving a few islands behind, or it's simply a metaphor for the group's effect on the listener: It makes the ground shake. Anyway you cut it, Tool is a metal powerhouse, with it's Black Sabbath guitar riffs, dark and ominous lyrics and a few melodies reminiscent of Soundgarden's earlier years. Like the previous "Undertow," "Aenima" has some long-winded eight-minute tracks, but they rock nevertheless. The group has quickly developed a following, with the album opening at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. But don't expect to see Tool anywhere else on the charts. Songs like "Stinkfist" aren't likely to show up on Casey Casem's Top 40. In other words, unless you like the heavy stuff, stay away. Otherwise, enjoy the tribal beats of "46 & 2", the patient staccato rhythm of "Eulogy" and singer Maynard Keenan's sharp yells on "Jimmy". Keenan's lyrics are sometimes vague(a lyric sheet would have been nice), but that adds to the shroud of mystery that surrounds Tool. You will not hear many tracks from Aenima on the radio or jukeboxes. No matter. Tool's latest album reinforces its stature as a serious, intelligent, angry band. If anything, Tool's sound is better than ever.