Tool - Ænima
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1996 Ratings: #23 / 60
User Score
Based on 428 ratings
1996 Ratings: #11
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September 17, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
Zoo Entertainment / Label
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One last thing. This is how Maynard was dressing when Tool toured this album.


First off, I want to say thanks to everyone who 'follows' me. When I signed up for this site it truly was just a way for me to score my favorite things and kind of put that stuff 'in order'. I never expected anyone to give much of a care about my take on music, but I've enjoyed interacting with a vast majority of you and I really enjoy this site.

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You guys don't understand what it's taking me not to give this a perfect score. I've listened to this album so many times that I've lost count. I love all of the main songs here so much that I would call absolutely all of them a 10/10. The reason why I'm not giving it its rightful perfect score? Those goddamn interludes!

Before I start praising this album beyond belief, I'm going to talk about the one thing I dislike about this album, and its those goddamn interludes. Before this ... read more
my third eye has been pried open

Seriously, track-for-track, Ænima is as good as Tool (and a lot of “metal”) gets for me. This album comes through with an alien atmosphere that is entirely unique to it: it’s mysterious, occasionally frightening, and always grimy as hell. This is where Tool truly began to become a name in the best-of conversation for both prog and of the 90s, and I can’t get enough.

Favorite Tracks: Stinkfist, H., Forty-Six & 2, Jimmy, ... read more

This surprisingly hits a lot differently than ‘Lateralus’. I feel like this record would’ve been a lot better without the weird interludes interspersed.

Color: Red
FAV TRACKS: Pushit, Stinkfist, Hooker with a Penis, Ænema, Jimmy
LEAST FAV: Die Eier von Satan
"Power is nothing, without control !"... It is surely this old proverbs of the great philosopher Pirelli that is the essence of the Toolian compositions.

With "Aenima" in 1996, Tool solved a fundamental problem that many metal bands tried to solve. Combine aggression, heaviness, infallible technique, with a virtuoso and mastered songwriting, a torn but never exaggerated emotion. And yes, you're not dreaming, one of the best metal albums of all time has no guttural and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stinkfist
  2. Eulogy
  3. H.
  4. Useful Idiot
  5. Forty Six And 2
  6. Message To Harry Manback
  7. Hooker With A Penis
  8. Intermission
  9. Jimmy
  10. Die Eier Von Satan
  11. Pushit
  12. Cesaro Summability
  13. Aenema
  14. (-) Ions
  15. Third Eye
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Added on: December 18, 2012