Fear Inoculum

Tool - Fear Inoculum
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2019 Ratings: #205 / 732
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 661 ratings
2019 Ratings: #795
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August 30, 2019 / Release Date
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Volcano / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

If you’re wondering whether ‘Fear Inoculum’ was worth the wait, then the answer is yes. If you’re wondering whether it’ll touch your heart, soul and spirt, the answer is also so.

100
Kerrang!

An album that pushes and challenges its creators and its audience in new ways, the finer details of which will probably take another 13 years to fully unwrap and appreciate.

100
Spill Magazine

A modern masterpiece, Fear Inoculum is a welcome addition that further develops and progresses the already legendary discography of Tool. The record is a journey, with each song ending so far from where it started, often concluding in a manner that begs the question, how did we get here?

91
Consequence of Sound

Fear Inoculum lives up to its daunting expectations with songs that showcase Tool in peak performance as musicians and compositional arrangers.

90
Clash

It’s a magnificent experience.

90
AllMusic

Considering the long gap between albums, there was a lingering fear that they couldn't live up to their own hype or legacy. Fortunately, Tool managed to improve and perfect their sound even further, resulting in one of the strongest statements in their catalog.

90
Sputnikmusic

Keenan was accurate to say that Fear…. would require patience to ingest, being a massive, compelling piece of music that unfolds beautifully and balances Tool’s unique style with plenty of rewarding new elements. Any fears that they would not live up to their past can be abated; Fear Inoculum is truly groundbreaking and one of the best albums of the decade.

90
Gigwise

Ultimately, Fear Inoculum is a record that will never lose its potency; it'll be passed down from this generation to the next, and the generation after that. And, crucially, the Tool back catalogue retains its prestige and indispensable greatness.

83
Entertainment Weekly

All the hallmarks of the band's last two albums — 2001's Lateralus and 2006's 10,000 Days — are revisited and reinvented.

80
The Guardian

Fear Inoculum is a legacy album that shows the band are not some rock relic but undisputed masters of metallic churn.

80
Metal Sucks

Fear Inoculum represents the best of what Tool are capable of doing in 2019, the very tip-top version of themselves. They didn’t phone it in. It’s focused, it’s grand, and it was worth the wait.

75
Paste

Fear Inoculum is a massive, sprawling opus of record that transports the listener to realms previously unimagined—exactly what you’d want in a Tool album, especially after waiting this long.

70
No Ripcord

Fear Inoculum already feels like an event—It's the kind of grand statement that will equally delight and confound, where Tool allows themselves to highlight their technical prowess with uncompromising integrity. Though the lengthy tracks convey great character and complexity, it's best to experience its ambient soundscapes and strapping guitars with a full, uninterrupted listen.

70
PopMatters

Tool's Fear Inoculum meets nearly every expectation admirers could have and ranks as a worthwhile extension of the band's legacy.

70
Rolling Stone

A formal masterpiece that should stand the test of time — either as a defining record of its era, or a monumental relic of an art form that had its day.

70
Exclaim!

Musically, Tool have taken the best of Lateralus's dynamism and the heaviness of 10,000 Days to explore the middle ground with great length on Fear Inoculum.

60
The 405

The majority of Fear Inoculum’s songs are more or less interchangeable, achieving the same overall effect in slightly different ways. And like the interminable wait for the album itself (and this review of it), virtually every song takes too damn long to get to where it’s going.

60
GIGsoup

If Fear Inoculum is your first taste of Tool then you may well be very happy with this album. But if you’re more familiar with what they’re capable of then it’s hard to not feel at least a bit disappointed after waiting 13 years for it.

60
Slant Magazine
If nothing else, the band deserves credit for releasing an album as challenging and incrementally rewarding as this.
54
Pitchfork

The prog metal band’s fifth album is exactly what you’d expect from a project over a decade in the making: a more mature, sometimes exciting collection that feels both overworked and undercooked.

40
The Needle Drop

Tool’s comeback album Fear Inoculum is insufficient not only by the immaculate standards of the band’s past work, but by the standards of rock and metal music at large.

Inglume
63
TOOL IS ONLINE.

No matter what the consensus is for this album, having an iconic band or artist from the past make a grand return to music is not something every fan gets to witness in a lifetime. In an era where music has evolved into streaming platforms and music demographics have changed, Tool chose to return, to warm people's hearts and fulfill a promise that's been 13 years overdue.

So, as a fan of several subgenres of metal and a new Tool fan, I was DEFINITELY looking forward to some ... read more
PipePanic
79
IT TOOK 13 YEARS TO MAKE!
IT'S ALL RELATED TO THE NUMBER SEVEN!
IT CURES CANCER AND REVERSES THE DAMAGE OF AIDS!
THIS ISN'T AN ALBUM, THIS IS A EVENT AND A EXPERIENCE!
THEY JERK OFF TO THE FIBANACHI SEQUENCE!!!!!!!!

But does it slap tho?

That was the only question I had for this record, does it slap? And going into this album, this question was growing more questionable. Tool has been a band that I never got into, despite the fact that literally everyone on the face of the earth has at one ... read more
okcomputer12127
92
what is wrong with you, fantano????

The long awaited TOOL album is here! And it is absoulutely amazing. After 13 years of waiting for new music from the band, it was worth it. TOOL's newest album is a masterpiece and it's their best yet. Not gonna lie, I was sort of worried for the new TOOL album when 'Fear Inoculum', I mean the song isn't that bad, but after waiting 13 years, this is what we get? But when I listened to the album, I was surprised. Because these songs are ahead of it's time, I ... read more
JustSomeGuy
96
After thirteen long years, Tool finally release their highly anticipated follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days. I am luckily a relatively new fan to these guys having only heard their previous albums for the first time back in January of this year, so I am lucky enough to have not waited as long as others, but being apart of the fanbase for the few months that I have been, it was clear just how excited and fed up people were with the constant promises the band gave of this albums existence without ... read more
_zeltrxn17
65
UPDATE: It's not even because of the bald man, but this kinda got a lil bit old scary quickly what the fuck was I on? Like 3 major good songs, and an additional hour of interludes and extensions. This is not an album. This is 3 major good songs, and an additional hour of interludes and extensions. But it's still decent.

2019 was a fucking terrible year for metal, everyone fucked up in my opinion, even goddamn Baroness.
But don't worry, the divine blessing has awakened after thirteen years, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Fear Inoculum
  2. Pneuma
  3. Litanie contre la Peur
  4. Invincible
  5. Legion Inoculant
  6. Descending
  7. Culling Voices
  8. Chocolate Chip Trip
  9. 7empest
  10. Mockingbeat
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Added on: July 21, 2019