After finally caving in a week ago to make their 4 full-length albums and Opiate EP available for streaming, it seems progressive metal juggernauts Tool made the right decision. As interest for the band’s upcoming 5th full-length album continues to skyrocket (the title track became the first 10 minute song in history to hit the Billboard Hot 100 songs), Tool have certainly received renewed interest in their music. Not that it ever really went away in the 13 years between 10,000 Days and the upcoming Fear Inoculum record, but what Tool just accomplished by putting their music on streaming services is nothing short of mind-blowing.
While it finally received a follow-up last year in Fear Inoculum, Tool’s 10,000 Days is still an effective and quality record by the progressive metal titans. The hype for it, at the time of its release, was pretty notable in the rock and metal worlds. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, these tracks are more relevant than ever for the time that we’re living in. Especially “Vicarious”. where the media is always known to thrive and capitalize on tragedy.