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    Now in the pouring snow, sad, but swift

    I headed down the highway

    Hoping that the burden of my blues would lift

    And praying that the whiskey would keep me brave

    Oh, but I got caught in the cold

    Looking like a hobo without no mercy from the road

    And feeling like a dead man without a grave.

    Go rest easy, Madeline

    I'm bringing down the bank across this flooded county line

    And when I get home, we'll have a grand old time

    But don't you shed no tears or be surprised

    If you get the word that your wild man has up and died

    Just set me up a stone on that high hillside

    Oh my, oh my...

    “I could walk out, but I won’t,
    In my mind I am in your arms.
    I wish someone would take my place,
    Can’t face heaven all heavenfaced.
    No one’s careful all the time,
    If you lose me, I’m
    gonna die.

    How completely high was I?
    I was off by a thousand miles.
    Hit the ceiling, then you fall,
    Things are tougher than we are.
    I could walk out, but I won’t,
    In my mind I am in your arms.
    I wish someone would take my place,
    Can’t face heaven all heavenfa
    ced.

    Let’s go wait out in the fields with the ones we love.
    Let’s go wait out in the fields with the ones we love.
    Let’s go wait out in the fields with the ones we love.
    Let’s go wait out in the fields with the ones
    we love.

    She’s a griever, my believer
    It’s not a fever, it’s a freezer
    I believe her, I`m a griev
    er now

    She’s a griever, my believer
    It’s not a fever, it’s a freezer
    I believe her, I`m a griev
    er now

    Because we’ll all arrive in heaven alive
    We’ll all arrive
    Because we’ll all arrive in heaven alive
    We’ll all
    arrive”

    ...

    When first I went swimming, I heeded no warning,

    And dared breach your rippling pool.

    As I lulled and lingered, the ring slipped my finger,

    And drifted down the deepening cool.

    And all that I want

    Is to fall in your shallows.

    And now we are wed, the water our bed,

    And bank to bank a property lake.

    And you are my wild-eyed rusalka, my river bride,

    Drag me down, take me away.

    And here we will lie, you and I,

    'neath the cold, dark sky...

    Free fall through our midnight

    This epilogue of our own fable

    Heedless in our slumber

    Floating nescient we

    Free fall through this boundlessness

    This madness

    Of our own making.

    Falling isn't flying

    Floating isn't infinite

    Come, our end, suddenly

    All hail our lethargy

    Concede suddenly

    To the quickened dissolution

    Pray we mitigate the ruin

    Calling all to arms and order...

    Descending, by Tool

    Tool's Fear Inoculum

    This is quintessential Tool, it feels like like nothing yet everything we have heard from them. You can tell these guys have matured as artists, and that reflects in the composition.

    This album requires a bit of patience from listeners, since each composition is filled with intricacies and complexities, and lengths that borders on self-indulgence but doesn't quite go there. I say this because while other progressive rock bands would completely indulge themselves in a plethora of key and time signature changes that can sound rather jarring (I'm looking at you, Dream Theater), Tool seem to practice a rather complentative reservation in that regard.

    With that being said, you will not hear a 4/4 timing anywhere near this album, let alone a I-IV-V-iv chord progression. (One song has a time signature of 21/16, by the way.)

    Each song is unique, with Invincible and Descending being the most alike (and that's a bit of a stretch), and I find myself loving each track for very different reasons.

    For example, I keep listening to Culling Voices because it is very reminiscent of A Perfect Circle's gorgeously melodic, melancholic haunting tone and vocals, before moving into Tool's own territory. It is beautiful, and slowly becoming one of my favorite tracks on the album.

    The bonus tracks/interludes are alright, interesting at best but with no true replay value in my opinion, unless I'm listening to the whole album from start to finish again.

    Chocolate Chip Trip is an exception. It is not a bonus track, but rather an opportunity to let drummer Danny Carey shine in all of his cephalopodian gloriousness. (The man is to this generation what John Bonham and Neil Peart was to theirs, and I don't care what anyone says.)

    The album itself evolves naturally towards its gargantuan and jaw-dropping finale, 7empest, one of the tooliest Tool songs they have ever made. It feels like it encompasses every phase and aspect of their discography and sound from Opiate to 10,000 Days, all crammed up into one hell of a banger track.

    It is heavy, it is insane, and every member let's loose in the best way imaginable. Adam Jones brings riffs and solos and triplets for days, MJ Keenan actually sounds angry, with Danny "I'm an octopus" Carey and Justin Chancellor keeping everything grounded while still rocking it out and going ballistic.

    It will easily be a lot of people's favorite track in the album by a long shot.

    I am already seeing a few people expressing deep dissapointment with this album. Before I write anything else, let me just say it is okay not to like something, even if it is by your favorite band. However, it is my opinion that the more I read these reviews and post, the more it seems that it has a lot to do with their own expectations of it rather than the album itself. Instead of taking it for what it is, most seem to criticize it for what it is not. I find that strangely bizarre, considering that each album is so different in tone and themes.

    I remember when 10,000 Days was released and some fans were expressing similar dissatisfaction, same with Lateralus.

    This is not Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus, nor 10,000 Days. Each album stands on its own, and in time Fear Inoculum will too.

    We barely remember what came before this precious moment,
    choosing to be here right now. hold on, stay inside
    this body holding me, reminding me that i am not alone
    in
    this body makes me feel eternal. all this pain is an illusio
    n.

    Twirling round with this familiar parable.
    spinning, weaving round each new experience.
    recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing.
    This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality.
    embrace this moment. remember. we are eternal.
    all this pain is an illusion.

    [mind-blowing instrumentals]

    So familiar and overwhelmingly warm

    This one, this form I hold now.

    Embracing you, this reality here

    This one, this form I hold now, so

    Wide eyed and hopeful

    Wide eyed and hopefully wild.

    We barely remember what came before this precious moment

    Choosing to be here right now. Hold on, stay inside...

    This body holding me, reminding me that I am not alone in

    This body makes me feel eternal.

    All this pain is an illusion