Tool
10,000 Days


4.5
superb

Review

by ValenDreth USER (42 Reviews)
November 16th, 2021 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


I have studied the works of Crowley, McKenna, Peterson. I have listened to music, and I have done drugs, and I have often combined the two. 10,000 Days will make you trip out like crazy. A lot of people say you can't make music in old age but Tool proved that wrong. Maynard is still pissed, spreading his message of giving up fear. Adam Jones is laying down some heavy beastly riffs. Danny Carey sounds like I'm doing mathematic equations. And the bass is also very very cool, like a cucumber. Imagine a cucumber on DMT. Refreshing, like the width and depth of Tool's music. In a modern consumerist world it is great to have prophets spreading the word.

"The Pot" is aptly titled. It is like a boiling pot of good riffs, good bass, good drums, good vocals, wacked out mathematic guitars. But obviously there is another connotation there. This song is a bold yet tasteful reference to marijuana, THC. The sticky stuff. Maui wowie. You know it. Cheech and Chong. This song grooves so intensely it even made it on the radio. One of the rare instances of society embracing something intelligent.

Another song here is "Rosetta Stoned." Many know Rosetta Stone as the language learning program. Well, Tool was quite aware of this. Maynard represents the trickster in Pagan and maybe Kaballah too. He is the tarot reader who farts in your face while you're hypnotized. Much like the real Rosetta Stone teaches us languages, Tool uses this song to teach us the language of THC. And aside from a great message, it is also a rocking track, providing some powerful music for our ears and our brains.

A less known highlight on this album is "Vicarious." Wow, this is dark and evil, or so it seems. Juxtaposition is another trick of the jester known as Maynard. Beneath the dark is the light. Think about it. No, this song is not about marijuana. You have to listen deeply to get this. Living vicariously is bad for us. Maynard tells us to go our own way.

10,000 Days is another trippy outing by Tool. These songs I just mentioned are but a few of the many highlights of this tour de force. If you think Tool was best left in the 90s, think about this: Maynard makes wine. Wine matures with age. Tool is wine.



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MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2021


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

big pos

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2021


44266 Comments


lol excellent

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2021


12995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Maynard represents the trickster in Pagan and maybe Kaballah too. He is the tarot reader who farts in your face while you're hypnotized."



*Chef's kiss*

LaughingSkull
November 17th 2021


796 Comments


GODDAMN, SHIT THE BED !!!

btw funny thing: I was actually there when this came out back in 2006 and I remember vividly that it definitely justified the expectations after Lateralus had set the bar so high back in 2001. For me, personally, at least. (altho I remember still preferring Lateralus)
So, anyway, the weird thing is that throughout all these years, I had somehow retained the false belief that The Pot is actually a song from one of their pre-Lateralus albums, rather than from 10k days. idk how this mix-up happened in my head, but it's definitely the case.

sonictheplumber
November 18th 2021


14272 Comments


trippy...

normaloctagon
November 18th 2021


8039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You are the chosen one, the one who will deliver the message

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LaughingSkull
November 18th 2021


796 Comments


for some reason I can't edit my previous comment. Meant to add that I finally realized the error of my belief after reading this review.
edit: ok, now I CAN edit it... -_-

Brabiz
November 18th 2021


1651 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good review. This is Tool's best album by a longshot imo

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normaloctagon
November 20th 2021


8039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think about this review a lot

normaloctagon
November 20th 2021


8039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tool is wine

twlight
November 20th 2021


5819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tool + acid= *chefs kiss*

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