Sound — 10
Tool at its finest. This is a great album for Maynard, Adam, Justin, and Danny to go out on. They incorporate the same good innovative Tool sound with new elements and experiments. This album tends to bounce back and fourth between Tool's heavy side and their twisted deep softer sounds. They have done it right with every album and this one is no different. This is Tool.
Lyrics — 10
Maynard lead Tool in the vocal department and in my opinion in the department greatest frontmen of all time. His voice is pure ranging from higher octaves to low thundering versus and choruses of deep thought. The lyrics on this album are as deep and contorting as ever. They question modern day thinking and the mayhem of our cultural norms. This voice of James Keenan Maynard and words go great with the soud capitalizing on a great band.
Overall Impression — 10
If I recall, VH1 had Tool on their top 100 or 50 but not in their top 10 greatest metal band of all time. To me thats some justice to the boys of Tool but not near enough. This band has outlasted many other groups and has been and will continue to be influential in where our rock and metal music go from here on out. This album is another one of those where if your a true lover of good music, Tool is where its at.