Tool’s Ænima, released in 1996, was one of those albums that stood so far out of the ordinary in respect to everything else that was going on at that time. It was basically its own genre, a blend of progressive metal that existed in defiance of any and all trends. The ’90’s were pretty much known for grunge and all of its imitators, but I was fascinated by bands like Tool who created a mystique, not appearing in videos or saturating their existence in the press. Less was more in terms of their image, but their music spoke loud and clear, and it was a revelation. The title track, spelled Ænema, along with Eulogy, Forty Six & 2, Jimmy, and the massive closing song, Third Eye, are among my personal favorites. Maynard James Keenan’s voice and vocals are spellbinding, and Danny Carey’s drumming is astonishing. Tool play by their own rules, and the faithful have been waiting for a decade for some new music. I have no doubts that when it comes, it will continue to influence and mesmerize!
Written By Braddon S. Williams