MetalBite Review by Tobias on 5/31/2001
If stating that this album is inaccessible means that you really need to listen to Lateralus a good five times
to realize that it should win a nobel prize, then say away.
As has become a dependable virtue of Tool
, the music of that which is Lateralus
is so well layered and complex yet somehow tastefully simple. In being as such, it is a direct pointer to the duality of that which is Tool
. In an exampling effort that could do no true justice to the value of that duality, I start with the most unearthly voice of Maynard James Keenan
; a softness worthy of the kindest lullabies that can backlash into a wall of intensity sporting the ferocity of an enraged Yeti. Secondly, but by no means lesser, the profoundly confident skills of bassist Justin Chancellor
, drummer Danny Carey
, and guitarist Adam Jones
produce a genius intensity that is often fused with beautifully competent psychedelia. This sound can present itself in a gentle rolling wisp that, while conceptually seems female, oozes a perpetual threat of testosterone unleashed... which is delivered uninhibited.
It's been five years since the release of the preceding masterpiece Ænima
. During that time Tool
fans could only satiate their thirsts by going to every show, scouring the net for news and just waiting until the foreplay began with A Perfect Circle
and soon after, the live track and video collection of Salival
. This album has been a long time coming and it does not disappoint with massive sounds structured from haunting emotion.
From the softer side of the entrancing and powerful tracks like The Patient
to the crowning achievements of perfect intensity like Parabola
, Ticks & Leeches
, track in and out, including the panicked alien conspiracy message, Faaip De Oiad,
taken from Art Bell
's paranormal/conspiracy radio show, Lateralus
is downright astonishing. The Led Zeppelin
of our time has orchestrated an ageless magnum opus follow-up to Ænima
that licks the boundary of godliness. Ok, I'm gushing and I need to shut the hell up.
The attention to detail is so thorough that this album leaves you thirsting nothing. Every listening saturates and satiates. Even the bloody sleeve and case is one of the coolest packaging jobs I've ever seen!
Every minute that goes by that you do not have this album, you are hurting yourself... severely. Stop being a ninny and purchase this disc!
out of 10