Holy Shit! Tool F-I-N-A-L-L-Y released a new album, titled ‘Fear Inoculum,’ which dropped on August 30. To put things in perspective, Taylor Swift didn’t yet “exist” in in the music industry since Tool’s previous effort, 2006’s ‘10,000 Days.’ (in all fairness, it was less than 5,000 days between albums!)
The band is hitting the road for a massive tour to support the new album, which includes a stop in Cleveland on November 6! (Only a smattering of nosebleed tickets remain for this show!)
‘Fear Incoulum’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, defeating country star turned pop-princess, Taylor Swift, debunking the theory that rock music is dead! The album was released to critical acclaim, with reviewers agreeing that the band had successfully refined their established sound. The album sold over 270,000 album-equivalent units. The album topped five other national album charts in its opening week as well.
A deluxe edition of the album, which includes a full 4-inch HD screen (featuring original video material), a 2-watt speaker (featuring an additional song called “Recusant Ad Infinitum”) and a 36-page insert book, was made available for pre-order on the same day as the digital edition of the album — which is now a prized possession of this writer’s extensive special-edition albums collection. One has to see this item to fully understand its awesomeness!
On August 2, the entirety of Tool’s discography (with the exception of Salival) became available on digital streaming platforms. Tool was one of the last major holdouts to release their music digitally, as their record deal was signed before the rise in streaming and not revisited until before Fear Inoculum. The release of the discography online resulted in every release re-charting on several international charts and the band breaking several Billboard chart records.
Prior to ‘Fear Inoculum,’ Tool released four studio albums, one EP and one box set. They emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, ‘Undertow’ (1993), and became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their follow-up album Ænima in ‘1996.’ Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with ‘Lateralus’ (2001) and ‘10,000 Days ‘ (2006), gaining critical acclaim and international commercial success.
Due to Tool’s incorporation of visual arts and very long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and art rock. The relationship between the band and today’s music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship, and the band’s insistence on privacy.
Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries. Not including ‘Fear Inoculum,’ Tool has sold more than 13 million albums in the United States alone.
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