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Tool - Fear Inoculum (2019) Published: August 30/19 Released: August 30/19 albumMetal10 Tracks • 86 Minutes
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94%
    SELECTED LINE: The Los Angeles progressive group's first album in 13 years is, at times, a languid and blissful work – one that will richly reward future listens. -New Musical Express (NME)
    Fear Inoculum is the fifth studio album by Tool, released by Tool Dissectional and Volcano Entertainment II on August 30, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Fear Inoculum10:20TOOL
    2. Pneuma11:53TOOL
    3. Litanie contre la Peur2:14TOOL
    4. Invincible12:44TOOL
    5. Legion Inoculant3:09TOOL
    6. Descending13:37TOOL
    7. Culling Voices10:05TOOL
    8. Chocolate Chip Trip4:48TOOL
    9. 7empest15:43TOOL
    10. Mockingbeat2:05TOOL
℗ 2019 Tool Dissectional, L.L.C./Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C..
Critic Reviews (77)

Further listens to Fear Inoculum will only serve to shine light upon the fissures and cracks into which the band has buried dense musicianship, layered interpretations, and cryptic themes within these tracks.

90% 2 years ago

CrypticRock.com CrypticRock.com

A triumphant return that Tool will (hopefully) build on sooner rather than later.

75% 2 years ago

411MANIA 411MANIA

Within each lengthy track, listeners can appreciate different developments within individual tracks.

2 years ago

mxdwn mxdwn

Unless Guns N’ Roses pulls it together to finally complete the Use Your Illusion trilogy, I can’t imagine a rock record by a legacy mainstream rock band ever feeling this epic again.

2 years ago

UPROXX UPROXX

A 50-billion-ton labyrinth that sprawls out in every direction for light years.

2 years ago

The Ringer The Ringer

This project didn't change matters.

50% 2 years ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

Fear Inoculum sets up a high barrier for entry, and one that doesn’t always prove worth scaling to experience what’s inside.

50% 2 years ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

"Fear Inoculum" is a shining example of how it is possible in 2019 to live by its own rulebook and still be relevant.

2 years ago

Dagbladet (NO) Dagbladet (NO)

‘Fear Inoculum’ has proven that all good things come to those who wait, and that the more you listen to an album, surprisingly there is still more to be discovered.

2 years ago

When The Horn Blows When The Horn Blows

It is a great TOOL record.

2 years ago

Rockportaal.nl Rockportaal.nl

"Fear Inoculum" is a well-produced album, with excellent sound quality and dynamics, as well, making the effort all the more rewarding to those with the patience to take it all in.

90% 2 years ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

Fear Inoculum is a true work of musical art.

100% 2 years ago

Digital Journal Digital Journal

In many ways, “Fear Inoculum” is the result of wandering the desert for thirteen years, but Tool have brought their fans to the promised land.

2 years ago

Entertainment Voice Entertainment Voice

The album is undeniably Tool to its core, delivering a body of work that's been absolutely worth the wait.

2 years ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

If nothing else, the band have given us an album that could very well keep us occupied until its next one arrives sometime around the year 2032.

75% 2 years ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

Among some of the best music the band have produced, Fear Inoculum both cements the TOOL legacy as one of the most deeply interesting musical outfits we have ever had the joy to experience, but also as a band that will likely always remain an enigma.

80% 2 years ago

Distorted Sound Distorted Sound

A masterful exploration of world problems.

90% 2 years ago

Muzika.hr Muzika.hr

An album that is timeless in our discographies.

2 years ago

Radio Metal Radio Metal

It’s an experience, from start to finish.

2 years ago

Rock Cellar Magazine Rock Cellar Magazine

The quartet in Tool not only showcase their instrumental mastery but bring it together to shine a light on the multi-facet monster that ‘Fear Inoculum’ truly is. Well worth the wait.

80% 2 years ago

Metal Wani Metal Wani

Tool is back with a staggeringly good record that challenges and pushes the boundaries.

80% 2 years ago

Aftonbladet Aftonbladet

Whether 10,000 days or the actual 4,868, Fear Inoculum was well worth the wait.

90% 2 years ago

AllMusic AllMusic

While 13 years is a long time to wait, the gap melts away between the sounds of this 86-minute masterpiece.

90% 2 years ago

Glide Magazine Glide Magazine

Stick with this beautiful, 86-minute behemoth and your patience will be rewarded, with every repeat listen bearing new fruit.

2 years ago

WhatCulture WhatCulture

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% 2 years ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

Listen to the album all the way through, and it flows together beautifully.

2 years ago

Stereogum Stereogum

It’s fair to say that Fear Inoculum is a consolidation and continuation of what we know of Tool up to this point.

2 years ago

Classic Rock Magazine Classic Rock Magazine

Tool is back, and age has not changed the band that's known as one of the foremost progressive metal acts.

2 years ago


This is Tool at their most complex, their most refined, and their most engaging in, well, thirteen years.

2 years ago

Punktastic (UK) Punktastic (UK)

Immersive and involving, Fear Inoculum rewards study.

80% 2 years ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

They sound freer than ever to not only express themselves but to explore those expressions and find the time to manipulate, scrutinise, and develop them not just into a mesh of meddling musical layers but into enjoyable songs.

90% 2 years ago

Far Out Magazine (UK) Far Out Magazine (UK)

It's a masterpiece.

90% 2 years ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Every track is an epic on this almighty fifth album from a band intent on securing their status as masters of metal.

80% 2 years ago


In some ways, it's a remarkable album, a sort of compendium of what a Tool album is.

80% 2 years ago

progarchives.com progarchives.com

A more mature, deliberate, subtly airier version of Tool.

2 years ago

VISIONS VISIONS

It defied my expectations.

87% 2 years ago

Metal Trenches Metal Trenches

We have understood you TOOL: we have no fear, we impose Fear Inoculum again and we turn the volume up a little more.

2 years ago

Luminous Dash Luminous Dash

Tool have somehow remained relevant despite it’s dormancy. That’s a true testament to quality over quantity.

90% 2 years ago

Progressive Music Planet Progressive Music Planet

It may be the sharpest Tool release yet.

2 years ago


As challenging and satisfying as ever.

2 years ago


In general, " Fear Inoculum " is characterized by a generally decelerated character, without missing the intensity of previous records.

80% 2 years ago

lautde lautde

In short, the album is close to perfection and is a serious contender for the metal album of the year.

90% 2 years ago

MusikUniverse.mu MusikUniverse.mu

It is a monument of intensity, chaos and complexity, which confirms that their music is more necessary and relevant than ever.

90% 2 years ago

Rolling Stone Italia Rolling Stone Italia

This is an album that has been created by eternal artists, weary and scarred they have poured their life’s work into compositions that will undoubtedly be revered, deliberated and held aloft for years to come.

100% 2 years ago

Ambient Light Ambient Light

Fear Inoculum is an incredible album by an incredible band.

2 years ago

Music Existence Music Existence

Even after 13 years, they still know how to impress.

87% 2 years ago

Musikreviews.de Musikreviews.de

The band is working on a level that can not even be remotely touched, and they prove it, waiting the anxiety ridden thirteen years to prove it once again.

80% 2 years ago

VULTUREHOUND MAG VULTUREHOUND MAG

It’s a writhing, sprawling listen, intimidating in scope as it is inviting in depth.

90% 2 years ago

Theprp.com Theprp.com

This is the best album Tool could have created, and needs to be judged as a great work of art.

90% 2 years ago

Rock Sins Rock Sins

Besides sending the bar for comeback albums into outer space, Tool’s fifth album is the sound of the band reveling in its genre-defining, irreplaceable prog-rock.

2 years ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

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.

90% 2 years ago

GIGWISE (UK) GIGWISE (UK)

I’m going to drink the Kool-Aid and admit, Fear Inoculum is a flawless untouchable masterpiece.

100% 2 years ago

MetalInsider.net MetalInsider.net

Fear Inoculum isn't necessarily perfect, but it's an album that more than satisfies and could just be enough to sustain fans for another lengthy dry-spell.

2 years ago

ABC Australia ABC Australia

Fear Inoculum is best heard with full, unbridled attention, and 86 minutes to spare, which in an age of instant gratification makes it both difficult for the passing newbie and endlessly endearing for its target audience.

91% 2 years ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

It's an impressive feat of engineering, but one that anyone other than ardent fans will struggle to find a way into. [Oct 2019, p.114]

60% 2 years ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Fear Inoculum is a masterpiece that will be unpacked, studied and scrutinised over for years to come.

100% 2 years ago

Wall of Sound Wall of Sound

An urgent, breathtaking return.

2 years ago

Junkee Junkee

In 2019, Tool has returned with “Fear Inoculum,” an 80-minute prog-metal fever dream that proves the band is back and better than ever.

2 years ago


You will need several listens to really “get” this one.

90% 2 years ago

Ghost Cult Magazine Ghost Cult Magazine

For now, it is incumbent upon me to state that whilst Fear Inoculum is not the legacy-tarnishing debacle some had feared, it does stand as TOOL’s least essential release yet.

60% 2 years ago

The 405 The 405

An atmospheric new chapter of their career.

2 years ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

I liked it, and much like previous Tool albums, the more I listen the more I’ll like it.

2 years ago


Welcome to the world of Tool.

87% 2 years ago

Rock Overdose Rock Overdose

Fear Inoculum isn’t the new masterpiece that some were expecting. It’s thematically light, kind of directionless despite its implied hyperfocus, and acts more like a “best of” album without including those hallmark cuts everyone’s been jamming since 1992’s Opiate.

80% 2 years ago

Soundblab Soundblab

It is the work of a huge band looking for its next evolutionary stage, confronting its own myth and losing it for the first time.

2 years ago

Rocking.gr Rocking.gr

"Fear Inocolum" is not only bleak, atmospheric and extremely intense, but also very dynamic.

2 years ago

POWERMETAL.de POWERMETAL.de

What cannot be denied is that this enigma inside a Pandora’s Box feels like a justification of why the world never grew tired of the idea of new music from Tool.

2 years ago


The legendary metal band is as precise and devastating as it has always been.

2 years ago


Of course, not all vocal lines, riffs and twists can be equally overwhelming, but at first glance they are worth four stars together.

80% 2 years ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

We think it was worth the wait.

2 years ago

Ghost Cult Magazine Ghost Cult Magazine

What we have is 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% 2 years ago


It might be long but it's a worthy investment of your time. [Sep 2019, p.82]

80% 2 years ago

Classic Rock Magazine Classic Rock Magazine

Fear Inoculum is a transcendent return.

2 years ago


TOOL are relatively varied in their songs and manage to keep the listener to their ears as much happens in the songs.

2 years ago

metal.de metal.de

I’m confident that only with repeat listens will anyone truly be able to grasp the record.

2 years ago

MetalSucks MetalSucks

This is easily the band’s most substantial and multidimensional offering to date.

2 years ago

Metal Injection Metal Injection

The Los Angeles progressive group's first album in 13 years is, at times, a languid and blissful work – one that will richly reward future listens.

100% 2 years ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

meecepeece2 years ago
We should consider ourselves lucky it’s even on iTunes! Tool never allowed any other music from them on iTunes or streamed at all. This is a first. And the one song I have heard I like tho not as much as Undertow or whatever, it’s still great and different

Heaping Pile2 years ago
Never too late Listening to Tool is like putting a puzzle together and eating brownies while getting a massage in the Taj Mahal during a lunar eclipse on your birthday.

Hot Balls2 years ago
Buyer Beware Buyer beware, if you buy the single, its not giving credit when you pre-order the album, so just hold off on buying the single, some b.s. right there.

Ediazjeep2 years ago
Quit crying You butched because they took so long to come out with another relase, you aren't a true fan. Just grateful to be alive at the same time as they are amking this incredible music.

Shiezington2 years ago
Quit complaining everyone!! Buy the whole album, wait for it to be released, and prepare to have your mind blown 🤯🤯🤯. No need to complain about how long it took, or why they aren’t releasing singles out of the whole album... instant gratification generation is killing it for everyone. Thank you Tool for pushing through and making another masterpiece for us all to enjoy. Pre-ordered and patiently waiting 🤩🥳🤩🥳
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