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Format: CD
Sku: 60016200
UPC: 614223108728
UPC 14: 00614223108728
Release Date: 10/1/1996
Sales Rank: 239
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Stinkfist ~ Tool
2. Eulogy ~ Tool
3. H. ~ Tool
4. Useful Idiot ~ Tool
5. Forty Six & 2 ~ Tool
6. Message To Harry Manback ~ Tool
7. Hooker With A Penis ~ Tool
8. Intermission ~ Tool
9. Jimmy ~ Tool
10. Die Eier Von Satan ~ Tool
11. Pushit ~ Tool
12. Cesaro Summability ~ Tool
13. Aenema ~ Tool
14. Ions, (-) ~ Tool
15. Third Eye ~ Tool

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tool: Maynard James Keenan (vocals); Adam Jones (guitar); Justin Chancellor (bass); Danny Carey (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Marko Fox (vocals); Eban Schletter (organ); Chris Pittman (synthesizer); D.B. (keyboards); Bill Hicks.
Muze PNote Recorded at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California and The Hook, North Hollywood, California.
Muze PNote AENIMA was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. "Aenima" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Muze PNote Personnel: Maynard James Keenan, Bill Hicks (vocals); Eban Schletter (organ); David Bottrill (keyboards); Chris Pitman (synthesizer).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: David Bottrill.
Muze PNote Recording information: Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA (1996); The Hook, North Hollywood, CA (1996).
Muze PNote Photographers: Fabrico DiSanto; Jeff Novack.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Danny Carey; Joel Larson; Adam Jones ; Justin Chancellor; Karen Mason.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: David Bottrill; Kevin Willis; Concetta Halstead; Adam Jones; Tool

Engineer: David Bottrill

Artist Overview

Tool's sophisticated art-metal approach (some regard them as prog-metal) is marked by unrelenting aggression and focused intensity. The band's use of serpentine, syncopated rhythms, and tight staccato guitar riffs topped by singer Maynard James Keenan's passionate-but-controlled vocal style separates Tool from the slash-and-burn overkill approach of so many of their heavy rock contemporaries. The band first came to public attention in the waning days of the grunge boom, but have long outlasted that transient era with their dark, brooding vision.

Associated Artists and Works

Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/01/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 61422310872
Music Label Name Label : Zoo/Volcano Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00614223108728

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)
- "Tool stepped into the void and upped the progressive rock ante with this multicoloured collection of thundering detours and dizzying left turns."

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