Ænima

Ænima

by Tool
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Overview

Ænima

For their second release, Tool explore the progressive rock territory previously forged by such bands as King Crimson. However, Tool are conceptually innovative with every minute detail of their art, which sets them apart from most bands. Make no mistake, this isn't your father's rock record. Sonically, the band has never sounded tighter. Long exploratory passages are unleashed with amazing precision, detail, and clarity, which only complements the aggressive, abrasive shorter pieces on the album. There is no compromise from any member of the band, with each of them discovering the dynamics of his respective instrument and pushing the physical capabilities to the limit. Topics such as the philosophies of Bill Hicks (eloquently eulogized in the packaging), evolution and genetics, and false martyrdom will fly over the heads of casual listeners. But those listening closely will discover a special treat: a catalyst encouraging them to discover a world around them to which they otherwise might have been blind. If these aren't good enough reasons to listen to Ænima, then just trust the simple fact that Tool deliver the hard rock goods every time the band chooses to release something.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/1996
Label: Volcano
UPC: 0614223108728
catalogNumber: 31087
Rank: 6087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tool   Primary Artist
Bill Hicks   Vocals
Chris Pitman   Synthesizer
David Bottrill   Keyboards
Maynard James Keenan   Vocals
Eban Schletter   Organ
Marko Fox   Vox Organ

Technical Credits

Tool   Producer,Concept
Karen Mason   Contributor
David Bottrill   Producer,Engineer
Danny Carey   Contributor
Adam Jones   Producer,Contributor,Art Direction
Joel Larson   Contributor
Concetta Halstead   Producer
Kevin Willis   Producer,Art Direction,Paintings
Keith Willis   Artwork
Cam de Leon   Artwork,Computer Illustration
Justin Chancellor   Contributor
Fabrico DiSanto   Photo Assistance

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Ænima 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Seriously, to the person that said that the album was "not good- not at all," you should probably rethink your ideas of what REAL music is. This band puts their heart and soul into every album, and like the B@N reviewer said, not one band member is holding back. There is soo much raw emotion and their lyrics will make you question how you live for years. I'd have to say that Aenima is the best album they've put out, just because it's the best mixture of experimental sounds and hard rock, without compromising one or the other. And ALSO to the other reviewer, there are 10 FULL song on the album apart from skits and mood music and most of these songs are really long and intricate. I don't see how ten songs is too little for an album that's been put together soooo well. Plus, Tool has carved their own niche in the music industry, without fully being able to be called one genre of music. To anyone with a spiritual mind, or just to people with an open mind, I can't recommend this cd enough!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tool is the best band i have ever heard. the lyrics and music is just phenomenal. the only people who wouldn't like this cd are stupid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unless you're an avid fan of Tool, don't get this album without trying it out first. If you're into the type of music they play, then get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could rave on and on about this album, but I'll cut myself short or my review will be so very long. In short, the best album in the entire world, ever! I'm not just saying this, its true. All this time I've been searching for that one band I could really like, one day I saw Stinkfist on TV. I thought to myself Tool was just another one of those bands and passed them over. Years later, I listen to Aenima and cringe at the fact I missed it when it came out. Such a dynamic soundscape, Danny Carey's spectacular drumming, Maynard James Kenans sad and soaring voice, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones to back it all up. A dark album, but nonetheless so much more than just that. Tool have seriously restored my faith in music, when Limp Bizkit and Staind (no offense to those that like those bums)surfaced I was worried that half-talented nu-metal was all that was left, Tool changed that. PS, never have I heard such a changing and incredible song as Third Eye, my favourite song in existence, even better than all the other songs, if thats possible
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this album doesn't have Undertow's catchy songs, AEnima has more treasures than the previous albums. While 11 and 13 minute songs are intimidating at first, they actually ended up becoming my favorite songs on this album. On this album Tool isn't looking to create any catchy singles, but rather sonic journeys where the band is trying to take you somewhere. These journies might seem overly long or strange at first, but such long songs such as Third Eye are well worth it. I think this is Tool's best album yet
Guest More than 1 year ago
aenima is one of the best cd's ever. its good from start to finish. tool isnt like anyother band i've heard. my favorite song is hooker with a penis. it rocks. a must buy for any rock fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, from ''All Music Guide'' is a blithering idiot. This man has no idea what music should sound like; he wants it to be accessible and easy to digest like prechewed food. This album is quiet simply the best piece of music produced in the rock genre ever, followed closely by what I'm sure are great influences to Tool, Led Zeppelin. In this disc, Tool takes you wandering down a path of despair, pain, discovery, and reawakening. Maynard James Keenan's vocals are beautiful, haunting, sometimes harsh, and filled with pain that makes you really feel what he means in the song. Adam, Justin, and Danny provide excellent, wonderfully orchestrated music that takes the listener on a much deeper journey than any artist or group have even attempted since Pink Floyd in the 70's. Danny's drum work is superbly flawless and I dare anyone to try and imitate him. If you don't own this album you are missing out on what could possibly be one of the most respected and memorable artists of our time. Their new album is almost here, and until then they've given us a little appetizer in the form of a box set featuring your choice of VHS or DVD with 4 of their 5 videos. So sit back and let your ears feast on a memorable musical dish. You WILL NOT be disappointed. 13 minutes? I wish the songs were longer. Third Eye is easily my favorite song. That's all...
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an unbelievable album! If you don't own this album your missing out on 70 minutes of enlightning escapism. Tool made this album not merly for entertainment, but listened to with an open mind Aenima presents itself with so much more. Personaly I've bought Aenima 4 differant times...due to wearing each copy out. It's well worth your hard dirty dollar...so shut up a buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that the members of tool are fantastic... I mean to come up with something like ''Aenima''... they are really great artists... In ''Aenima'' you can really see, hear, and feel how much they've matured musically... One person in another review mentioned something about their music being so dark and god knows what... but my friend, I personally advise you to listen more carefully to the music, the soundeffects and whatever comes with that... In this album, I believe, TOOL are not trying what so ever to be comercial... ''Aenima'' was a long awaited album and the guys did their best to come up with excellent material... There's not one song that you can't listen to; even the ones that are eleven and thirteen minutes long... Tool... you're my favorite band and I really enjoy your music.... Keep up the good work; and for christ's sake... where's your new album?
Guest More than 1 year ago
tool are on a different level from the rest of the rock bands. They are artists that respect the word ART and dont abuse it!! Music of AENIMA cant be compared to any other band, because no other band has reached this level of excellence..simply amazing, from the drums to bass to guitar and maynards soft yet dark and angry vocals..tool have evolved in to a music machine of truth!! , and above all this great music they add a little bit of bill hicks and his dark humor, this album is simply a masterpeice..i thank them for 70 minutes of mixed feelings and the part they are playing in helping the world realize the lie we are living in and where this lie is generated from, the evil wrath of L.A..i thank them again and ill make sure all people i care for listen to this album, because it can change your life towards the true direction..
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY FAV. BAND AND THERE BEST EFFORT YET , I LOVE IT I RECOMMEND IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TOOL thank you for this deep sonic voyage.Aenema & H are my picks,but this whole CD is a masterpiece.I get lost in the journey,Maynard has the most passionate,sensual voice in a male that I have ever heard(aside from Russill Paul)..I am in awe,this CD is a must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album means a lot to me personally, as well as many other people simply because of the song writing / lyrical skills of Maynard James Keenan. This was bassist Justin Chancellor's first album with Tool, joining in 1995 after playing for a number of years in his band "Peach". Previous bassist Paul D'amour worked on the songs "Jimmy" and "Push-it", then Justin finished the rest of the songs. (don't quote me on that) Danny Carey and Adam Jones add their unique talents and creative energy into all of the songs, the drums booming and the guitar ringing through out the songs. This album showed fans that Tool was capable of taking their once angry and jagged music to a much more soothing and smooth level. What is next for Tool? We might have to wait another 3 or 4 years to find out.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Although not as great musically as following albums, I still had to give this album 5 stars, because it is still such an amazing album, and although I like Lateralus and 10,000 Days a little better, this albums is awe inspiring and quite classic. This album in itself is what originally got me into Tool. I had gotten my first taste of Tool when their first single Stinkfist aired on the radio. I had heard the song several times, but had never quite caught the name of the group or even the song, and tried so hard to figure it out for quite some time. I finally was listening to the radio one evening and caught the name of the band. I was in 11th grade at the time, and my parents would not allow me to buy the album because it was parental advisory. I was pretty bummed, but I talked to a friend who said he actually had it, so we would hang out at his house and listen to it, and I remember just really being in awe of how excellent they sounded. From then on, I was ever so hooked on Tool's unique sound and style. I moved out of my parent's house in the latter part of 12th grade, and one of the first things I did when I had some money was go and pick up my own copy of Aenima. Although there are a few sketchy things in the album that I am not a huge fan of, there is no denying that this album is sensational, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting something new and unique to listen to that is not too familiar with the band to pick up the CD and listen through it. Quality listening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, in my opinion the pinnacle of all that is TOOL. Every song has the ability to make you actually FEEL the emotions which are being portrayed. Everything from love to rage to hatred for what we have all done to our poor mother earth. Some say the end is near..........
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Tool album is by far the best!! Yes, some songs are 10 min. long but this album ROCKS!! I definetly recommend this album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was awesome -- just friggin' AWESOME. At times it messes with your mind, (i.e. Die Eieir Von Satan, really a German recipe with some crowd effects) and other times emotionally affects you, (i.e. just about ever dang track on here) and basically just amazes you... how do bands get this good? The lyrics are consistently dark and murky and generally creepy when you stop to think about them. Tons of innovation in here, everything just seems completely seamless... nothing feels disjointed or out of place. Maynard James Keenan's vocals are just superb... he really conveys the emotions of the song. Definitely at the top of my list, AENIMA by Tool is just about the best dang alt-metal album of it's time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is definitely worth picking up, as most of the songs have a great sound to them, and some meaningful lyrics. The first track, Stinkfist and Eulogy are my 2 favorite tracks on the album, with some excellent guitar playing and good vocals. Most of the other songs are great as well, with the exception of Third Eye, as I found the guitar to be somewhat annoying in parts, and the 2 parts where Maynard screams ''Prying open my third eye'' repeatedly are just obnoxious. It is still pretty good, though. The main problem I had that kept me from giving this a 5, like I said about Third Eye, is that while Adam does a nice job of playing the guitar most of the time, it sometimes can be a little grating (example: the intro to Push it.) Another thing, there are a few short ''filler'' tracks on this album (Useful Idiot in particular, Message to Harry Manback, Cesaro Summability, and (-) Ions) but this didn't bother me, so this is just a warning in case you'd be bugged by something like that. All in all, a good buy.
JGray More than 1 year ago
I originally got into Tool because of Staind's cover of "sober". I bought Aenima because Stinkfist sounded familiar to me, what I found was an album that was packed with thought provoking lyrics and intense musical arrangements. Tool has a knack for opening your "third eye" and making you see the world around you, if you want an album you can appreciate the first listen through, keep searching, but it what you want is an album which yields its rewards after several listens and ultimately is more rewarding, then you will not find anything better, except maybe another Tool album. The band finds a way to delve into sonic passages and into a world of darkness while still maintaining the listener's attention. Ultimately by albums end the listener may still not fully grasp their music, but nobody really does. An album you can listen to over and over again and it will get better each time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tool is by far one of the most inspiring, thought-provoking bands to come along in a very long time. They explore ideas and musical possiblities that most other bands today can't even begin to grasp. With so much ignorant, self-righteous, cookie-cutter rock out there, it is so refreshing to have Tool which is anything but.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd and tools music changed my life for the better. Tool's Aenima is extremely addicting, but with no bad side affects. this cd showed up on my door step in 96 and was almost thrown away. i listen to stinkfist or "track #1" and thought it was ok. year later blew the dust off the cover and pop this journey into the cd player and thought it was good. later that year i listen to it with headphones in a dark room and WOW... all i can says is that their is so much to this cd that only you can uncover. its a spiritual cleansing, and will leave you breath less when it grabs you by the throat and sucks you into your own mind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though i like Tool's other albums allot, this is definitely their best. I like every track. Some songs just rock down while others trip out. 46 and 2 rocks!!!! Awesome album!!!!!!