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Tool  - 10,000 Days  -  -  - Volcano  -  - With 10,000 Days, Tool has achieved more of a - symphony than a standard album. Track times run up to - eight and 12 minutes without sedating listeners, proving - a complexity beyond the brilliance previously displayed - on 2001's Lateralus. Now in their 16th year, - Tool continues to justify five-year hiatuses between - albums by putting out spotlessly tight and engaging - music. Maynard James Keenan and cronies are in prime - form on the opening track, "Vicarious," which hits harder - than King Kong on crack. Speed guitar, heavy bass and - fluid drums create a relentless and concussive, staccato - barrage, mixed with Keenan's melodic musings. True to - form, the band intersperses sleepy interludes between - tracks that explode each time one thinks it safe to come - up for air. Ah, but what sweeter sound to drown in? -  Matthew Schniper
  • Tool

    10,000 Days

    Volcano

    With 10,000 Days, Tool has achieved more of a symphony than a standard album. Track times run up to eight and 12 minutes without sedating listeners, proving a complexity beyond the brilliance previously displayed on 2001's Lateralus. Now in their 16th year, Tool continues to justify five-year hiatuses between albums by putting out spotlessly tight and engaging music. Maynard James Keenan and cronies are in prime form on the opening track, "Vicarious," which hits harder than King Kong on crack. Speed guitar, heavy bass and fluid drums create a relentless and concussive, staccato barrage, mixed with Keenan's melodic musings. True to form, the band intersperses sleepy interludes between tracks that explode each time one thinks it safe to come up for air. Ah, but what sweeter sound to drown in? Matthew Schniper

Various Artists  - Black on Black: A Tribute to Black - Flag  -  -  - ReIgnition  -  - Every few years, a release comes along that entertains as - much as it edifies. That's the case with the newly - reissued Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag - disc, which falls into the obligatory listening category for - anyone under the age of, say, 21. The seminal Black - Flag, which featured Henry Rollins, defined hardcore - punk of the early '80s and helped birth the '90s punk - scene and today's hardcore sound. From Black Dahlia - Murder's mesmerizing "I've Heard it Before" to the - Dillinger Escape Plan's cathartic "Damaged," Black on - Black: A Tribute to Black Flag is something to - behold, and hopefully a gateway purchase to Black Flag - albums Damaged and Everything Went - Black.  John Benson
  • Various Artists

    Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag

    ReIgnition

    Every few years, a release comes along that entertains as much as it edifies. That's the case with the newly reissued Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag disc, which falls into the obligatory listening category for anyone under the age of, say, 21. The seminal Black Flag, which featured Henry Rollins, defined hardcore punk of the early '80s and helped birth the '90s punk scene and today's hardcore sound. From Black Dahlia Murder's mesmerizing "I've Heard it Before" to the Dillinger Escape Plan's cathartic "Damaged," Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag is something to behold, and hopefully a gateway purchase to Black Flag albums Damaged and Everything Went Black. John Benson

The Rakes  - Capture/Release  -  -  - V2  -  - To be fair, upon first listen to The Rakes' debut CD, I - groaned a little. They hail from London, and thus sport - fancy-pants accents and tailored slacks. They play the - post-punk/n new wave dance ethic that everyone and - their damn grandma is producing in these Franz - Ferdinand-addled days. But while all of the above is true, - Capture/Release proves to be far more - interesting than any snarky music critic would expect. - Tracks like the chug-a-long "Retreat" and "22 Grand Job" - prove to be more along the lines of Gang of Four's smart - and infectious punk rock. The boys do wander into a - poppier area with their Official Slow Jams, "Binary Love" - and "Open Book," but luckily they serve as nice little - tempo breaks between dub-bassline rock-a-thons like - "Violent."  Kara Luger
  • The Rakes

    Capture/Release

    V2

    To be fair, upon first listen to The Rakes' debut CD, I groaned a little. They hail from London, and thus sport fancy-pants accents and tailored slacks. They play the post-punk/n new wave dance ethic that everyone and their damn grandma is producing in these Franz Ferdinand-addled days. But while all of the above is true, Capture/Release proves to be far more interesting than any snarky music critic would expect. Tracks like the chug-a-long "Retreat" and "22 Grand Job" prove to be more along the lines of Gang of Four's smart and infectious punk rock. The boys do wander into a poppier area with their Official Slow Jams, "Binary Love" and "Open Book," but luckily they serve as nice little tempo breaks between dub-bassline rock-a-thons like "Violent." Kara Luger

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