2019 Best of Metal: #3 Tool-Fear Inoculum

Release date:  8/30/2019

Origin:  Los Angeles, CA

Personnel:  Maynard James Keenan-vox, Adam Jones-guitar, Justin Chancellor-bass and Danny Carey-drums

Here it is.  I know a good chunk of you were wondering where this one would end up on the list.  Man, I really don’t know how these guys did it.  Honestly.  The hype for this damn thing was so intense that I don’t understand how the dudes of Tool didn’t just crumble under the pressure.  But, they did it.  They totally delivered what may not be their most ambitious effort to date, but is still a monument to creativity within the traditional framework sound that Tool has created throughout their career.  I think my first reaction sums it up best.  It’s a Tool album.  Nothing more; nothing less.  I just think the fact that they created something awesome under the scrutiny of the interwebs and social media is something to be celebrated.  And it still holds that Danny Carey is the MVP of 2019.  I have always understood that the dude is a tremendous drummer, but his performance on here is just so inspired.  Cheers to you, Danny Boy!

5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

3.  Tool-Fear Inoculum
4.  Alcest-Spiritual Instinct
5.  Monolord-No Comfort
6.  The Moth Gatherer-Esoteric Oppression
7.  The Claypool Lennon Delirium-South of Reality
8.  Warforged-I: Voice
9.  Russian Circles-Blood Year
10.  Ray Alder-What the Water Wants
11.  Imperium Dekadenz-When We Are Forgotten
12.  Memoriam-Requiem For Mankind
13.  Horseburner-The Thief
14.  Cult of Luna-A Dawn To Fear
15.  Bask-III
16.  Cave In-Final Transmission
17.  The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
18.  Borknagar-True North
19.  Herod-Sombre Dessein
20.  Vintersea-Illuminated

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