- Genre: Progressive rock, Alternative metal
- Personel: Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Adam Jones (guitar), Justin Chancellor (bass), Danny Carey (drums)
- Top tracks: Stinkfist, Ænima.
- Release: 1996
- Score: 9
Fallen from California in 1996, Tool released their interpretation on what alternative rock should be: a mixture bewteen progressions, climax, textures, angry guitars, polyrithms and many other things appear on Ænima.
Here you can enjoy a short sample of the album´s artwork, which is really amazing. As we know, Tool always puts some real thinking on their album covers, booklets and art in general. This one is really nice to have a copy of this CD:
Here is the Ænima´s album cover with the first track playing, Stinkfist:
Too: Forty Six & 2:
And the title track Ænima:
Nice hollograms, uh?
The first track Stinkfist (censored by MTv as Track #1) says: “I´ll keep digging / Til I feel something”. Ænima is flooded with anti hollywood spirit; it is a product that stands against the same industry that produced it. This is an idea that appears in the whole record: some anti-establishment take.
Great tracks such as the progressive Eulogy, the recited evolution scale in Forty six & 2 and the brillant title track Ænima are some of the album´s highlights. Tool narrates the decadence of nineties Californian culture. Many of the songs make reference to social decay, capitalism, boredom and media as some of the worst experiences in human life.
Tool have been frequently cited as an influence by New Metal bands that emerged after this album, in the late nineties and beginning of the 2000s. This “children” of Tool are not as much appreciated by the band themselves but well… you canté expect everytone to be as risky and original as this guys.
Tool Ænima Tracklisting:
- Useful Idiot
- Forty Six & 2
- Message to Harry Manback
- Hooker With a Penis
- Die Eier von Satan
- Cesaro Summability
- (-) Ions
- Third Eye
Some weird Tool music videos to enjoy: Stinkfist + Ænima