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"Have yourself one of these"
5 stars"
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This album is my relax album, hard to believe but damn it does it well.

If you like chilling out with a little heavy rock or a bit of alternative then this album is for you. Its sounds cannot be matched by anyone. Love it!!

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"A inspiring set of Christian anthems"
5 stars"

Inspired by the sacrifice of Christ, Tool puts on a performance like no other. Whether that be live or on their records. Aenima released in 1996, in September 5 years before the September 11th attacks shows the darker side to life in the hidden meanings of their songs. Their vibe is mysterious and dark and often devilish but light at the end of the tunnel (Shows the way), you can tell this by looking at the album cover. Highlights include the christian ponderings of Eulogy, the mysterious static noise of Useful idiot and the aggressive chants of “H W A P” and its raging against people who suck up to corporate institutions. One thing that is definitely not a corporate institution is the band Tool, but remember are also run by one. A highly inspiring record.

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Description

Tool: Maynard James Keenan (vocals); Adam Jones (guitar); Justin Chancellor (bass); Danny Carey (drums).

Additional personnel includes: Marko Fox (vocals); Eban Schletter (organ); Chris Pittman (synthesizer); D.B. (keyboards); Bill Hicks.

Recorded at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California and The Hook, North Hollywood, California.

AENIMA was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. "Aenima" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

On its second full-length album, this hard-rocking quartet delivers 15 tracks of unrelenting aggression and focused intensity. Rather than overwhelm with huge sonic washes of guitar and booming drums, Tool employs a propulsive, snaky approach that makes use of undulating rhythms and clipped, percussive guitar riffs. Maynard James Keenan's vocals follow suit, opting for a heavily processed slow burn instead of the post-grunge bellow favored by so many hard-rock bands. Instead of flailing uncontrollably in all directions, the group's raw, energetic sound is tightly directed for maximum impact.

On songs like "Stinkfist," Keenan rails against injustice while the band churns mercilessly behind him. There is very little humor or light in Tool's worldview (except for song titles like "Hooker With A Penis"); these are songs of painstakingly articulated angst, and they are delivered in an earnest, deadpan manner. These fierce rockers are dead set on making their point, and make it they do, with all the bloodshed and carnage that entails.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.190) - "...Tool shove their iron-spike riffing and shock-therapy polemics right up the claustrophobic dead end of so-called alternative metal....the broiling, avant-metal ferocity of Led Zeppelin's PRESCENCE..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/04/96, p.62) - "...a jagged, brooding nightmare filled with roaring guitars, abrupt rhythm shifts, and jarring sound effects. One of 1996's strangest and strongest alt-metal records." - Rating: A-
Alternative Press (1/97, p.84) - 3 (out of 5) - "...The taut playing and icy production keep Keenan's emo tendencies in check while lending his vocals a sense of remote, lone-voice-in-the-machinery existentialism that Tool captures better than anyone..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "Tool stepped into the void and upped the progressive rock ante with this multicoloured collection of thundering detours and dizzying left turns."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Stinkfist
  2. Eulogy
  3. H.
  4. Useful Idiot
  5. Forty Six & 2
  6. Message To Harry Manback
  7. Hooker With A Penis
  8. Intermission
  9. Jimmy
  10. Die Eier Von Satan
  11. Pushit
  12. Cesaro Summability
  13. Aenema
  14. Ions, (-)
  15. Third Eye
Release date NZ
October 1st, 1996
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Label
Zoo/Volcano Records
Number of Discs
1
Box Dimensions (mm)
142x125x10
UPC
9326382000164
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1528607

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