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Artist: Tool

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Label: Zoo/Volcano Records
Album: ’nima
# Song Title   Time
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)    ’nema
14)    (-) Ions
15)    Third Eye

Performer Notes
  • 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.
  • Personnel: Maynard James Keenan, Bill Hicks (vocals); Eban Schletter (organ); David Bottrill (keyboards); Chris Pitman (synthesizer).
  • Audio Mixer: David Bottrill.
  • Recording information: Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA (1996); The Hook, North Hollywood, CA (1996).
  • Photographers: Fabrico DiSanto; Jeff Novack.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Danny Carey; Joel Larson; Adam Jones ; Justin Chancellor; Karen Mason.
  • 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.

Professional Reviews
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."

Producer:David Bottrill; Kevin Willis; Concetta Halstead; Adam Jones; Tool
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:1 October, 1996

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matt on
An incredibly executed and moving masterpiece from, in my opinion, one of the centuries most prominent and socially relevant forces in modern music.

beneath this albums moving guitar melodies, the syncopated and powerful drum beats, the sub-melodic style of the bass, lies an album that should not be excused from any music perusers' collection.

must buy.
josh on
This is a fantastic cd by a realy powerfull and moving band. Tool strive to create their own genre, and this cd really shows it. A highlght of this cd is the song Stinkfist. Awesome guitar riffs, hard drumming and dominating bass playing really outline how great this band is. I think that this is their best cd. They are also an amazing live act.
Sam on
I don't know what it is about this album that makes fans worsip it so much (10,000 days is by far their best) but a lot of the tracks on this album annoy me (especially the likes of "Intermission" and "Useful Idiot). This is tools heaviest album though, and one or two songs are definately something you have to listen to before you die. Worth getting, but it doesn't deserve the praise so much people give it. This was their 3rd album released after Opiate, they went into a more progressive direction on this one. The best song on here is 3rd Eye, something about the end with palm muted chugging and Maynard screaming out "PRYING OPEN MY THIRD EYE" gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Michael on
This is Tool's third album and only develops on their previous release, Undertow. Aenima starts off strong with Stinkfist and finishes with the epic Third Eye, a fourteen minute masterpiece. Also on the cd are the rock classic Eulogy, the stick it to you Hooker with a penis, and the brilliant tracks 46 & 2, Pushit, and H. the cover picture is amazing. The song Third eye and the inner booklet both salute Bill Hicks. While each album tool has released has had a slightly different style all are brilliant, and are all quintessential albums for the rock fan.
Belinda on
This album is quite possibly the best album of all time. This conceptually brilliant album take the listener on a journey through the warped mind of Tool.
Maynard Keenan delivers haunting lyrics to the rhythmic backbeat and disturbing guitars.
Everyone who listens to this album should try listening to the album with headphones in the dark for a psychosomatic thrill of another dimension.

Best album I own.
Sarah-Jayne on
Depends on your taste, but if you are feeling a little deep and moody this album will mirror your mood. Quite a talented bunch this lot... just wish that they would put it to good use. This album is quite sombre, odd and emotional. Not sure what I make of it in the end. Possibly too encouraging of the "what if?".....
Hayden on
This c.d is where tool start to use a lot of there messed up sort-of filler songs but are good for a laugh. aenima has two of the big titles that they created videos for which a are a hit even with people unfamiliar with tool's music. 'Pushit' and 'third eye' sit at the 10 minute mark for song length but contain some of the best guitar solos on the c.d.
Richard on
Is this what happens when you get the bastard child of say, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath?

Take said youngling, subject to a bit of deprivation, lock it up in the back of a circus for a year, give it a few kicks up the arse, speed it up a bit then tell it to go out and rock?

Odd, but in a very good way.
Your on
This is one of my favourite Tool albums. i think the guitar in all the songs is truely amazing and of world class standard. this is a musyt have for any tool fans, and even if you are a fan of the genre. tool is a fantastic hard rock band who never fails to impress me!
Sophie on
THis is one of the greatest tool albums. The first time I heard this album i instantly loved it! when i heard stinkfist (for the first time) i was like wow this is my new favourite song and then i heard eulogy and that blew me away aswell. Tool never fails to amaze me their music is facinating!!

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