Tool Delivers on 'Fear Inoculum' After Over a Decade of Waiting

The band’s fifth album has finally arrived
Maynard James Keenan wins the Icon award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2018 held at indigo at The O2 in London.
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After 13 years of waiting, Tool has unleashed Fear Inoculum.

As expected, the band’s fifth album in nearly thirty years checks in at over 85 minutes, but with something uncommon from the elusive band. It’s everywhere. The group which just made their music available on all platforms for the first time earlier this month, made Fear Inoculum their most accessible release yet. The album is even on YouTube, along with the band’s collection of groundbreaking videos from their career.

Even more surprising, it is the digital version of Fear Inoculum that features something extra. The physical copy of the album features 7 tracks, while the digital edition includes an additional three interludes. However, it’s worth noting that there is a deluxe version of the album available on CD, which includes a 4” HD rechargeable screen with a 2 watt speaker that plays exclusive footage, along with a 36 page booklet. Because, Tool.

Despite one of the longest delays in rock history, Fear Inoculum showcases a band that’s as sharp as ever, transporting listeners with epic arrangements and ascending intensity. At its best, it’s world-building, crafting whole atmospheres to get lost in and often, ultimately punch your way out of.

Fear Inoculum is a complete and immersive album, but the standout amongst this collection might be “7empest,” which closes out the album with urgency and mastery.  It’s a distillation of group’s greatest traits. Calling out power as the drums of Danny Carey and the guitar work of Adam Jones slither beside each other, both are punishing and mirroring in a delicate but aggressive dance, as Maynard James Keenan preaches from the center of the storm.

Fear Inoculum is now available everywhere. Yes, everywhere.