At midnight local time today, Tool’s long-awaited fifth album, Fear Inoculum, appeared online both for a download and streaming. If you’re a shopper of physical product, it’ll be in stores today, too.
Fans have been waiting over 13 years for this day. Expectations were extremely high. So the question is: Is Fear Inoculum any good? Here’s a selection of reviews:
- The NME: 5 out of 5 stars
The Guardian: 4 out of 5 stars
Metal Hammer: A track-by-track review (Postive!)
Metal Injection: Track-by-track review (Positive!)
Esquire: A rave
Spin: Another glowing review.
Metal Sucks: Positive!
The Underground Metal Gamer: Positive! (Video review)
Me: THIS IS F-CKING AWESOME! THEY DID IT! THEY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!
The internet has also had a few things to say.
You should listen to Fear Inoculum.— Declan (@TrueHeresy) August 30, 2019
I don’t care if you’re a TOOL fan or not, it’s one of the most incredible works of music I’ve ever, ever heard. Need a lot more listens to unpack everything, but first time through is a journey, of quality & quantity.