Even though the album has leaked into every orifice of the Internet and even if you've downloaded it, please support Tool and buy this album when it comes out.
At 21 years of age, I thought I'd be too old to get excited over a new album, but my nights and days were spent constantly thinking about this particular album since the day Blair on Tool's official website said that recording was complete. As I listened to 10,000 Days I realized that no, I wasn't too old to get excited over a new album - especially since it's been almost five years coming.
Opening with the first single, "Vicarious," the album begins in an explosion of sound. It sounds like almost a mix of "Schism" and "Parabola" from their 2001 effort Lateralus. It speaks of our love for violence in the media and yet, when it comes to reality we struggle to deal with it. Vocalist Maynard James Keenan (herein to be known as MJK) sings "...I need to watch things die / from a good safe distance / vicariously I / live while the whole world dies / you all feel the same / so why can't we just admit it?".
Adam Jones comes through continuously throughout this album and on “Jambi”, he is truly amazing. “Jambi” is almost a continuation of “Vicarious” but here, instead of watching violence, we are almost creating it. The song illustrates falling to “the dark side” or succumbing to the bad thoughts in our mind — "...in love with the dark side/ I’d found / dabbling all the way down / up to my neck..." – and yet somehow pulling ourselves back before we get too deep.
What I am about to say will outrage Tool fans, but "Intension" reminds me of an A Perfect Circle song – if only for a moment. MJK could not have left A Perfect Circle without being influenced in some way by the song-writing. “Intension” is filled with quiet guitar sounds contributing to a beautiful 7+ minute track. It almost reminds me of “Disposition” or “Parabol”. Its light electronic programming gives it a hint of something slightly Nine Inch Nails circa The Fragile era, but the guitars are certainly signature Tool.