Sound — 10
This album is amazing. The band definitely pulled together to create their best album YET. From the soft melody of "The Patient" to the hardcore rhythmn of "Schism" this album definately screams Metal. The use of a lot of effects (which is something that Tool certaintly uses) is also evident on this album. The guitar work is certaintly amazing for a band with one guitarist. Adam Jones (Guitarist) makes you feel like you are listening to several guitars playing when it is actually only one. The bass also stands out and is definately an important role in the band. Overall this is their best album to date and sets a very high standard for their next album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics as with all Tool songs actually mean something and take a create deal of "deep-thinking" to understand. Like the title track "Lateralus" is about thinking on a higher level and not so much the actual "muscle" called the Lateralus. The lyrics also suit the music very well as everything is in sync. Maynard James Keenan (Vocals) can definately do a little screaming, but at the same time he can sing very melodic and soothing, something that a lot of bands of today do not have.
Overall Impression — 10
This album definitely compares to the other albums like Aenema and Undertow. Each song is complex and well-planned out. The most impressive songs on the album are "The Patient", "The Grudge" and "Parabola." Definitely worth buying even you are new the musical style of Tool.