Tool - Fear Inoculum Song Review/Stream [2019]

Tool - Fear Inoculum Song Review/Stream [2019]

About The Band

Tool is: Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, and Maynard James Keenan  Photo: Travis Shinn

Tool is: Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, and Maynard James Keenan

Photo: Travis Shinn

Does Tool really need an introduction? Truth be told, they don’t, but I’ll give them one anyway. Ever since their 1990 inception, this Los Angeles progressive and alternative metal outfit have continuously captivated both the heavy metal and rock landscape with their incredibly catchy yet thought provoking songs and records. With only four albums released in their nearly thirty year career, Maynard James Keenan and company are still undoubtedly one of the most important modern metal groups, both musically and culturally speaking. With a long awaited fifth record on the horizon, the band has just released the first taste of what’s to come, with their brand new track, Fear Inoculum. It’s about time.


Fear Inoculum

Fear Inoculum follows typical Tool song structure for the most part, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your opinion of the band as a whole, and what you were looking for in this new track. The production here is top notch, with every little noise and effect coming off perfectly. Maynard’s voice still has a relatively youthful and lively flair to it, something that really adds to the beauty of the softer moments, while contributing some much needed intensity to the louder portions. Justin Chancellor’s bass work is as flawless as ever, perfectly encapsulating that distinctive Tool sound that he has always added to the band since he entered back in 1995. The pacing of the song is perhaps a little too similar to the majority of their discography, but it’s such a perfect flow that one can’t really blame them for sticking to what they do best. 



The Verdict

Photo: Official Tool Facebook

Photo: Official Tool Facebook

Beautiful atmosphere, masterful musicianship, solid writing, predictable Tool. Straight off the bat, if you weren't a Tool fan before, this song will most likely do nothing for you, it’s just simply too similar to the rest of their catalog of work. That being said, if you’re like me and are a die-hard Tool fan who has been waiting for this for a long time, then this is the perfect cure for the itch. While I am disappointed that the band has largely stuck with the exact same sound they had so many years ago, I can’t really complain because it’s such a well fleshed out and produced sound regardless. Fear Inoculum, while not reinventing the wheel by any means, acts as the perfect teaser for their upcoming full length project.


The album Fear Inoculum will be available August 30th on music streaming apps and outlets across the globe!

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