Tool Band Review: ‘Fear Inoculum’ Features the Drama and Passion Tool Fans Love


Review by Anne Erickson, photo by Travis Shinn

Listen to the title track off Tool’s new album, “Fear Inoculum,” and read Audio Ink’s song review

Tool is coming up on the release of their new album, “Fear Inoculum,” on Aug. 30 via RCA Records and the mysterious rock band is giving fans a fresh taste of music off the set with a new song. Listen to the just-released title track via the YouTube player below.

“Fear Inoculum” starts with eerie, soft instrumentals and creeps into a bigger-sounding track, with guitars and bass crescendoing around the two minute mark. Tool is known for their dramatic musical passages, and “Fear Inoculum” is no exception. It builds and builds with more excitement and drive as the track continues on. “I open up to you … I exhale you,” Maynard James Keenan sings. The song features wild dynamics, as Keenan goes from his passionate singing to some whispering passes, too.

Adam Jones’ guitars and Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey’s rhythms are majestic. Near the middle of the song, Carey engages in some sparse, unique rhythms as the guitars drop off, and then the crescendo starts up again.

“Fear Inoculum” is the kind of song Tool fans have been waiting to hear for more than a decade. It’s got everything Tool fans have grown to love about the band– drama, passion and instrumental excitement. It certainly sets the listener up for the full album.

“Fear Inoculum” will feature 85 minutes of new, original music from Tool. Joe Barresi engineered and mixed the album. The set follows Tool’s 2006 release, “10,000 Days.” Ink rating: 9/10 stars

In other news, Tool recently released their music via digital streaming services. Their music reached more than 20 million streams in the first 48 hours of release, plus shot up to the top five spots on iTunes’ Top 10 Albums chart.



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