Fear Inoculum (Limited Edition 5LP Vinyl Hard Shell Box)
Long Awaited Official Vinyl Release Finds Album Presented in a Striking Hard Shell 180g 5LP Box Set with Tracks on Side A and Unique Etchings on Side B Plus Bound Casebook with Unseen Imagery!
One of the era's most highly-anticipated albums,Tool'sfifth LPFear Inoculumoriginally arrived in August 2019 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 amidst heaps of critical praise withNPRproclaiming that, "Fear Inoculum was worth the 13 year wait,"Revolverhailing it as "a masterpiece to be dissected for years to come" andConsequence of Soundwriting that it found "Tool in peak performance."
Preceded by the sprawling 10-minute plus title cut epic, the 85-minute follow-up to 2006's10,000 Dayswas produced byTool, withJoe Barresi(10,000 Days) engineering and mixing. Frontman Maynard James Keenan discussed the themes of the album withRevolver: "I feel like this is [about] wisdom through age, through experience. Learning from your mistakes, learning from your successes. So if anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we've come from and some of the things we've grown through." Two songs off the album received Grammy nominations including lead single "Fear Inoculum" (Best Rock Song) and "7empest," (Best Metal Performance) with the latter winning the award.
This long awaited vinyl package ofFear Inoculumfinds the album pressed acrossfive 180-gram LPs, with tracks featured on Side A, and unique etchings featured on Side B. The discs are packaged in a hard shell box with new album art, and a bound casebook holding the vinyl along with new imagery not previously seen.
• Long awaited official vinyl release • 180g 5LP box set • Album tracks featured on Side A and unique etchings featured on Side B • Packaged in a hard shell box with new album art • Bound casebook holding the vinyl along with unseen imagery
2LP/Picture Disc/4 Different Images/Holographic Gatefold
Fifty-one months after Lateralus' original release in CD format, Tool is ready to release a double vinyl four-picture disc edition of Lateralus. Each side contains a different picture and is packaged in a plastic gatefold with a holographic foil. Sony. 2005.
As the title of Tool's 1992 debut implies, they're none too impressed by religion, though other targets-fear ("Cold and Ugly"), hypocritical moralizing ("Jerk-Off"), nonconformity ("Hush")-get their time in the spotlight as well. Opiate is a collection of heavy, aggressive, cynical music (though the tail end of the title track sounds more like Acid Rock), packaged in songs noticeably shorter than on their later efforts (Undertow, 1993, and Aenima, 1996). While not as impressive as Undertow, arguably their finest effort, Opiate has a definite appeal.
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