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Fear Inoculum


Fear Inoculum

Fifth album and first for thirteen years from the rock band led by Maynard James Keenan produced by Joe Barresi (Pallbearer, Bad Religion, Queens of the Stone Age)

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The Los Angeles progressive group's first album in 13 years is, at times, a languid and blissful work – one that will richly reward future listens. They are the 'feeling person's' metal band
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  2. 10.0 |   Kerrang!

    An album that pushes and challenges its creators and its audience in new ways, the finer details of which will probably take another 13 years to fully unwrap and appreciate
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  3. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The 86-minute opus is best heard with full, unbridled attention
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    If you’re not a fan, or never heard of them before this is the perfect album to start introduce yourself to them
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  5. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Any fears that they would not live up to their past can be abated; Fear Inoculum is truly groundbreaking and one of the best albums of the decade
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Tool managed to improve and perfect their sound even further, resulting in one of the strongest statements in their catalog. Whether 10,000 days or the actual 4,868, Fear Inoculum was well worth the wait
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Immersive and involving, Fear Inoculum rewards study
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Every track is an epic on this almighty fifth album from a band intent on securing their status as masters of metal
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  9. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    It may take years to fully comprehend what’s going on here, but that’s not a bad thing
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  10. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Though the lengthy tracks convey great character and complexity, it's best to experience its ambient soundscapes and strapping guitars with a full, uninterrupted listen
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A formal masterpiece that should stand the test of time — either as a defining record of its era, or a monumental relic of an art form that had its day
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Musically, Tool have taken the best of Lateralus's dynamism and the heaviness of 10,000 Days to explore the middle ground with great length on Fear Inoculum
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  13. 6.0 |   Gig Soup

    If you're more familiar with what they're capable of then it's hard to not feel at least a bit disappointed after waiting 13 years for it
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  14. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    If nothing else, the band deserves credit for releasing an album as challenging and incrementally rewarding as this
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  15. 6.0 |   The 405

    Whilst Fear Inoculum is not the legacy-tarnishing debacle some had feared, it does stand as TOOL’s least essential release yet
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  16. 6.0 |   Q

    It's an impressive feat of engineering, but one that anyone other than ardent fans will struggle to find a way into. Print edition only

  17. 5.4 |   Pitchfork

    Exactly what you’d expect from a project over a decade in the making: a more mature, sometimes exciting collection that feels both overworked and undercooked
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