10,000 Days

10,000 Days

by ToolTool


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It's only been five years since prog-metal kingpins Tool last launched a studio salvo, but a few lifetimes of experience seem to have gone into its creation. 10,000 Days marks something of a maturation, and while it's not exactly the emergence of a kinder, gentler band, there's considerably less misanthropy and angst coursing through the disc's grooves. Heck, "Vicarious," with its layers of harmonies and impeccably infectious rhythms, is practically radio friendly -- the closest Tool has ever come to delivering outright accessibility. Fans of the band's dense thickets of sound needn't fret, however: Most of 10,000 Days is every bit as intense and demanding as folks have come to expect, with frontman Maynard James Keenan and company really throwing down the gauntlet on the two-part, 17-minute suite "Wings for Marie/10,000 Days." With its echoes of "Echoes" -- the Pink Floyd epic, that is -- that two-fer builds from space-rock ether to fists-of-fury flailing on the strength of inexorably throbbing guitar riffage. The keyboard-laced "Rosetta Stone" -- which clocks in at a mere 11 eleven minutes -- has a similarly lava-like progression, oozing forward menacingly much like the title track from Lateralus. On the other hand, tracks like the primal "Lipan Conjuring" -- a tune that's redolent of fireside rituals -- prove that the band still knows how to go for the jugular without warning. Uncompromising and often draining, 10,000 Days offers the kind of workout the folks at Bally's Fitness never imagined -- a regimen sure to twist both the spine and the brain.

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Release Date: 05/02/2006
Label: Volcano
UPC: 0828768199121
catalogNumber: 81991
Rank: 4143

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