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Nostalgia: 10,000 Days Andy King Review

With a new Tool album on the way, I thought it would be fun to review some of the posts that came out around the time of their last album 10,000 Days release. One review that sticks in mind is the infamous review from Andy King, who I believe was a radio DJ who attended a listening party.

From memory he didn’t realise there was a non-disclosure agreement, and published a review of sorts online. It was reasonably quickly taken down, but the internet did what the internet does, and preserved it for prosterity.

Here it is!

Track 1- “Vicarious” (7min 3sec). 
Mesmeric start. Hypnotic beat. Jagged, angular off beats.  Familiar trancey passages punctuated by a guitar part reminiscent of an older Tool track. Tribal drum beats fuck with a lovely melody and climax with Maynard’s vocals.

Track 2 “Jambi” (7min 12sec) 
Melodic intro with almost balladic vocals from Maynard.  Lighter feel (almost, dare I say it, APC-tinged) but not for long. Danny gets stronger – Baresi releases our tubthumper and the feel gets much heavier into ‘chugga chugga’ off beats. Then – here’s some unusual guitar work.  Man, it’salmost Hendix-like! Then back into a heavy tribal groove

Track 3 “Wings For Marie (Pt 1)” (6min 20sec) / Track 4 “10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)” (10min 26sec) 
Starting with Buddhist temple-flavoured gong tweaking the collective nipples of Kraftwerk, a deep sphincter-rumbling bass and om chanting might recall ‘Parabol’. After 3 minutes of this nerve-wracking niceness, all Hell breaks loose with mega-heavy riffdom before slipping back into spaciness after 30 seconds. Like an epileptic convulsion in a night of deep sleep. Hawkwind does Greensleeves whilst Pink Floyd look on. The Record Company people are starting to look nervous and uncomfortable as if they have seldom HEARD anything so strange and worrying.  What the fuck is this? Let me outta here! I need to go snuggle the Radio One Playlist! Suddenly it’s a crazed sea shanty for whacked-out space travelers.  ‘You’re the only one who can hold your head up high. It’s my time now… my time now… give me my… give me my…’ duets Maynard with himself. Danny fights free of the evil clutches of Dr Baresi and goes off on one. Adam’s guitar recalls something off Lateralus again. It’s Triad, I think, but it’s almost impossible to identify one riff whilst another song goes on. The musical equivalent of rubbing one’s head and tummy simultaneously in different directions. They’re doing this on purpose to fuck with our heads. Bastards! Returns to full-on rhythmic Toolishness to end. No it isn’t the end. It doesn’t end like any other song ends.

Track 5 “The Pot” (Probably 6min 11 sec) 
Oooooooh. This is THE one. Ya know what, pluggers? Radio might even go for this! Maynard’s vocals at the start are quite extraordinary. Place equal parts of Chris De Burgh, Tiny Tim and Bilal The Muezzin in a blender and run for your life. Easily the most commercial track to date. In fact, easily the most commercial track Tool have EVER done. That guitar is waaay strong again. Did Adam bribe Baresi? This is still twisted. It’s hard but commercial. The end spells a relief as climactic as a boil bursting. I go ‘Yessssss’ and the whole room of cool jouros looks round at me as if I’m a Bateman cartoon ‘The Man Who Ordered A Pork Sandwich In Blooms’. This is a SERIOUSLY awesome track. Just you mark my words.

Track 6 “Lipan Conjuring” (1min) 
In which Maynard becomes a Native American for no good reason. Strange, but we like a bit of strangeness.

Track 7 “Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)”/ “Rosetta Stoned” (14min 45sec)
(Could be two medium length tracks and a terribly short one, too.  I’m now losing the will to live with the stopwatch. It’s 14min 45sec of music, whatever)  Guitars to the fore again. One long note with almost blues-like, overlaid note progressions. f@!# me, it’s House Of The Rising Sun cut with Ketamine. There are unsettling whispers and talking. Is this a bad trip or a psychiatry session? Come to think of it, is there a difference? ‘How Are You Today?’… ‘Tell Me Everything’ then THWACK! Into such a breathtakingly slappy, powerful riff kick that I’m actually physically winded for a nanosecond. Demonic, growling, rap noise over rhythmic heavy heavy groove. Forget the Were Rabbit jibe. This is a f@!# full-on, nasty, shaven headed WEREWOLF. A lightbulb goes mental in the room. The Record Company almost lose all cool and run for it. I damn nearly join them but now I AM crying. I am gulping back wracking sobs at the sheer Toolishness of this monstrous, magnificent track. This is the real deal. Again snippets from Lateralus. You ARE playing with us. You ARE! This is Tool’s equivalent of ‘spot the Hitchcock in the Hitchcock film’! But I don’t care. It’s like The Best Of Tool in one song. The Bomb. It ends like the violent end of a violent life. And then it ends again. Unless that’s another track, of course….

Track 9 “Intension” (6min 44sec). 
Odd noises. Sea shore meets ironworks. Ever see the cartoon meisterwerk ‘Spirited Away’? You MUST! In it there is a character called Kamajii The Boiler Keeper who has 6 arms and an army of small black coals. This sound is similar. Soon joined by elastic bass and drum twangling over multi-layered Maynard whisperings and chanted vox. Shades of Pink Floyd again.  Shades of the more ‘moody’ Lateralus tracks again. Reflection. Disposition. Tribal and hypnotic.

Track 10 Right In Two (9min 04sec. I think)
Melodic, slow, hypnotic. Almost balladic. Wall of Sound build-up. Danny does some Bamboo pole-type drumming into big rif***e. Big, big sound. Tool at their weightiest. It’s almost Chinese at the end.

Track 11 “Viginti Tres” 
The walk out track (their description not mine). Oddness. The Noodles of Satan.

10 years of 10,000 Days

Ten years has passed since the release of Tool’s last album 10,000 Days, and a couple of websites have celebrated the anniversary with some retrospectives.

First up is Team Rock who feature an interview with Engineer Joe Barresi.  His discusses his first impressions of Tool, as well as some of the techniques used to record 10,000 Days.

The second comes from Loudwire, who have compiled a series of quotes from Tool members outlining the writing and recording of the album.  Both articles are interesting reads, though not really revealing much we didn’t already now.

Toolshed have celebrated the anniversary in a quite different way, by announcing Today is the official end for this site.  Sad news, as Toolshed is an important source of information for many of us over the journey.  It’s wealth of Tool information is unmatched, and thankfully, while the site will no longer be updated, this archive will remain.

Right In Two Lyrics

The lyrics for the 10,000 Days track Right In Two are now available on Toolarmy as a TA Exclusive, which means I won’t be posting them here.

Updates

I’ve been back up in Queensland this week, so things have been a little slow on updates for Fourtheye. Things should return to normal next week. Here’s a couple of items that have come across my desk:

For those that have missed the various comments, there is an interview of Maynard done by Patton Oswalt. Check it out here.

Ryan tells me that he’s selling his Signed Lateralus Vinyl on eBay. Bids started at $0 so it’s quite cheap at the moment. Don’t expect it to remain that way though!!  EDIT: Link has been changed to a relisted auction!

Finally, Blair has posted on Toolband/Army about the recently discovered Salival Vinyl. He assures us it is a bootleg and in now way officially sanctioned by the band. Buyers beware! He also mentions that there are no plans for 10,000 Days vinyl, but if and when he hears there there are, he will post it.

Travis Shinn Photography

Random Girl emailed me today to tell me that Travis Shinn’s website seems to have a few stereoscopic pictures of Tool members that didn’t make the 10,000 Days album cover. It also contains his photos from the Revolver article, as well as shots of other good (and not so good) bands.

For the stereoscopic ones, make sure you visit the Single section.

Danny In Stereo

Adam in Guitar World

I had a chance to read the recent Guitar World article with Adam Jones, and it’s one of the best Tool articles I’ve read for a while.  It reveals plenty of new info and some insight into Adam’s guitar playing.  Here are some points I know most of you are interested in:

  • The first video for 10,000 Days (presumably Vicarious) will be entirely in CGI has run into some “vicious production problems”.  Basically they got screwed by the production company, and now a friend of Adam’s company is helping them complete it.  The problem is that since they’re only helping, work only happens when their schedule is clear.  Adam says all his spare time goes into it, but I wouldn’t expect to see anything until after this round of touring stops.
  • The second video (presumably The Pot) will be all stop-motion, and pre-production has started.
  • They have filmed stuff for a Live DVD, and were going to put it out but it “(didn’t) sit very well with our band”.  I guess this means they want more than just the standard live show to be released.
  • Adam is keen to do a Tool movie, but it sounds as though he’s waiting for someone to show him the money before he does.  And there’s a lot of red tape involved in movie making.
  • When Tool were approached to contribute to the Escape from LA soundtrack, they suggested rather than just giving them a song, actually do one with John Carpenter (who apparently is also a musician).  For various record label related reasons, this didn’t go ahead.  So they just gave them Sweat in the end.
  • They’ve had several stalkers, include one that Camella and Chris Graves set up and had arrested.  A Toolarmy member perhaps?
  • The project with Robert Fripp has been recorded, but there’s still the drums and arrangements to go.  Adam’s hoping to put it out as soon as possible, but like the videos I wouldn’t expect much until Tool finish touring.

Go and buy the magazine when it comes out in your part of the world!  I know I will.

Poll Results: What is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?

10,000 Days would appear to be full of secrets (apparently) and last week I asked what your favorite was.  It comes as no surprise to me that most of you think there isn’t a secret.  And I am a little surprised at how many of you are waiting for the “real” album to be released, or maybe lots of you think it’s funny that there was ever talk of a decoy album at all….

  1. The secret is there is no secret…. 207 Votes
  2. It’s a decoy – still waiting for the real album 77 Votes
  3. 10,000 Days/Wings For Marie/Vignati Tres Overlaps 64 Votes
  4. Secret stuff in the photos 54 Votes
  5. Wizard of Oz Synchronisation 17 Votes

New poll on it’s way!

New Poll: What is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?

This week I ask what is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?  Do you dig the various synchronisations?  Did you find the clues in the pictures?  Anything else I may have missed?

Adam on Baltimore Sun

There’s a brief interview with Adam on the Baltimore Sun website today.  He talks about 10,000 Days but doesn’t reveal anything particularly new:

[discussing the 10,000 Days packaging] “That was my idea,” says Jones, who last week was playing a date with the band in Tampa, Fla. “All the ideas start with writing the music, and it flows with the art. … I saw a kid’s book that was similar [to the CD packaging design] and thought it would be a cool idea for the album.”

Poll Results: 10,000 Days 12 months later…

Last week I asked you tell me your thoughts on 10,000 Days now that it has been out for over 12 months.  Personally I find that my perception of records changes over time, and that once past the initial excitment/dissappointment of hearing a new album you can get a feel for what you really think of the album.  Personally for me I still think it’s a great album, and while I don’t think it tops Lateralus, I think it comes pretty close.

According to the poll though, most of you say it’s better than Undertow, yet worse than Lateralus and Aenima.  This didn’t really surprise me at all.  What did surprise me a little is that the second most popular option put 10,000 Days as their best album.  The vote for their worst album also polled pretty strongly, which didn’t really surprise me either.  I do get the impression though that these 10,000 Days haters are a much more vocal group than the general population.

  1. Better than Undertow, worse than Aenima & Lateralus 279 Votes
  2. Best Tool Album 112 Votes
  3. Better than Aenima & Undertow, worse than Lateralus 107 Votes
  4. Worst Tool Album 93 Votes
  5. Better than Lateralus & Undertow, worse than Aenima 49 Votes
  6. Better than Lateralus, worse than Aenima & Undertow 24 Votes
  7. Worse than eMotive 13 Votes
  8. I haven’t bothered to listen to it 7 Votes
  9. Better than Lateralus & Aenima, worse than Undertow 5 Votes
  10. Better than Aenima, worse than Undertow & Lateralus 5 Votes

New poll coming soon!

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