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Ænima, commonly spelled Aenima is Tool‘s second full length album, and was released on September 17th, 1996. The album was recorded with David Bottril at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California and The Hook, North Hollywood, California, between September 1995 and March 1996.

Ænima was the bands first move towards the more progressive sound that them encompass today. Inspired by the likes of King Crimson, the album adds significant depth to the more straight rock sound of Undertow.

It is also the first album to feature Justin Chancellor, who replaced Paul D’Amour during the songwriting process. Paul is credited as a co-songwriter on the tracks Pushit, Stinkfist, Ænema, Eulogy and H. the first four having been recorded in demo form prior to him leaving the band.

Aenima cover by Cam de Leon

The album was initially released in Vinyl, CD and Cassette versions. The vinyl issue is rare, and considered one of the most highly sought after releases for collectors.

Artwork was created by Tool in collaboration with Cam de Leon, and featured a lenticular cover which animate a series of art pieces found within.


  • Stinkfist
  • Eulogy
  • H.
  • Useful Idiot
  • Forty-Six & 2
  • Message to Harry Manback
  • Hooker with a Penis
  • Intermission
  • jimmy
  • Die Eier Von Satan
  • Pushit
  • Cesaro Summability
  • Ænema
  • (-) Ions
  • Third Eye

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