Tool - FEAR INOCULUM

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Just discovered this thread, reading through the initial opinions is pretty funny.

I think as all tool fans know, it takes several intense listens and time to percolate.

I remember glossing over fear inoculum several times and then something clicked. Now I hold it equal to all the others (I love them all equally)

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Album is ******* sick! Yeah, took a while, as they all do. I flew down to Melbourne for the Sunday gig (Awesome!!!) and it just clicked after listening to it through the headphones on the flight home.

I think hearing a few of the songs live is what did it. So glad I took the plunge to fly down for that. Been locked up ever since.
 

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From what I've heard of FI, nothing has hooked me in like Vicarious or even The Pot

Kinda meanders along with no real payoff

Pretty disgusting output for 20 years of songwriting for guys of the calibre of Tool
I've only listened to it a couple of times about 6 months ago. Will have to give it another go, everything from Opiate-Lateralus is brilliant although Lateralus a step down in genius from Ænima for me.

When I listened it just felt more like a band trying to imitate Tool rather than Tool themselves if that makes sense? Like all the elements were there, they struck all the right notes but it didn't feel like it had the "soul" behind it for lack of a better word
 

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Yep, easily better than 10,000 Days I reckon. A long way from "disgusting output" - like all Tool albums it takes some time to settle.
10000 days is hit and miss for me. I love Vicarious and Jambi, The Pot and Rosetta Stoned are pretty good (though Rosetta Stoned probably goes for a minute or so too long), 10k days pt 1 and 2 are ok but it's way below Ænima, Lateralus and even Undertow for me.
 

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I've only listened to it a couple of times about 6 months ago. Will have to give it another go, everything from Opiate-Lateralus is brilliant although Lateralus a step down in genius from Ænima for me.

When I listened it just felt more like a band trying to imitate Tool rather than Tool themselves if that makes sense? Like all the elements were there, they struck all the right notes but it didn't feel like it had the "soul" behind it for lack of a better word
You need to listen to it more. Pneuma is one of the best Tool songs ever. Big statement, but I stand by it. The whole album takes a few listens to appreciate I reckon.
 

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I've only listened to it a couple of times about 6 months ago. Will have to give it another go, everything from Opiate-Lateralus is brilliant although Lateralus a step down in genius from Ænima for me.

When I listened it just felt more like a band trying to imitate Tool rather than Tool themselves if that makes sense? Like all the elements were there, they struck all the right notes but it didn't feel like it had the "soul" behind it for lack of a better word
Exactly. Paint by numbers Tool. Maybe someone who loves the album can point out the high points
 

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Exactly. Paint by numbers Tool. Maybe someone who loves the album can point out the high points
I don't think there's much point trying to convince people that don't like it, that the album is pretty good. Really, you either feel it or not, and it's ok if you don't (in my opinion anyway)

For me, I wasn't expecting anything other than vanilla Tool. That's what we got, and that's fine with me. Tool have always had a strong blueprint behind their music. To my ears while it sounds very much like a Tool album, there is some good variation on the theme, but you need to be willing to put the time into listening for it. That's time I'm happy to spend, but many listeners don't seem to have the patience these days.
 

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If you Like Tool you’ll like this album. First 4 songs are pretty good with track 2 being great (definitely one of the best songs they’ve ever written). Culling voices/chocolate chip trip aren’t something I want to hear after a few listens through the album and finishes with tempest which is another great song. One complaint for me is that after skipping those 2 songs there’s only 5 songs I listen to on the album and I think there’s better songs than invincible and descending on aenima/lateralus/10k days. Plenty on there to like if you’re a tool fan with songs lasting over 10 mins.
 

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I don't think there's much point trying to convince people that don't like it, that the album is pretty good. Really, you either feel it or not, and it's ok if you don't (in my opinion anyway)

For me, I wasn't expecting anything other than vanilla Tool. That's what we got, and that's fine with me. Tool have always had a strong blueprint behind their music. To my ears while it sounds very much like a Tool album, there is some good variation on the theme, but you need to be willing to put the time into listening for it. That's time I'm happy to spend, but many listeners don't seem to have the patience these days.
Do they need 10,000 days 😂
 

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