Tool – 10,000 Days
I already covered this album, waaaaaaaaay back on May 22, 2007. Damn, we’ve been blogging a long time.
Anyway, we were going to see the 10,000 Days show in Hamilton, and I was a wee bit excited about it. I fell into hyperbole for a minute there, but for those of you who missed it the first time around, YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.
More interestingly, here is the set list of the show we saw:
Tool, Copps Coliseum 2007-07-09
Jambi (10,000 Days)
Forty-Six & 2 (Ænima)
Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) (10,000 Days)
Rosetta Stoned (10,000 Days)
Wings For Marie (Pt.1) (10,000 Days)
10,000 Days (Wings, Pt.2) (10,000 Days)
Vicarious (10,000 Days)
Damn! That was a great set. Super-cool that we got to hear both parts of Wings! I REVIEWED THE SHOW HERE.
* Included Kids In The Hall’s ‘Some Days It’s Dark’ by Death Lurks in the middle of it…
Update: At the time, opening act, Big Business, had not impressed me much (as indicated in that concert review), so I didn’t bother to look them up. Research now tells me it was actually Jared Warren and Coady Willis, who had become members of the Melvins not long before this gig. You can read about them HERE.
Here’s what Wiki says about the album title 10,000 days:
The title 10,000 Days refers to roughly the orbital period of the planet Saturn (actual time period is 10,759 days), which adds up to nearly 29 years and marks, according to Keenan, “the time when you are presented the opportunity to transform from whatever your hang-ups were before to let the light of knowledge and experience lighten your load, so to speak, and let go of old patterns and embrace a new life.” Keenan expected that the songs composed would “chronicle that process, hoping that my gift back would be to share that path and hope that I could help somebody get past that spot.” It is rumoured that the album is a reference to Maynard James Keenan’s mother who was paralyzed for 10,000 days (27 years) before she died.
So. Let’s go through the album in these pages again, 9 years later, shall we? YES WE SHALL!
Vicarious is the lead off track and the first single. Another perfect Tool song, all the technical ability, the heavy-as-fuck riffing, the rumbling bass, the pounding drums, the vocals right there… Just a huge track, all over. That ending is crazy!
Jambi is up next (it was the third single). It’s slinky and heavy, like the best Tool always is, and when it achieves culmination, it’s on par with anything else here – which is another way of saying it kicks fucking ass. The talk box guitar solo is fun. Try not to think of Bon Jovi! Haha. No worries there.
And then we have Wings For Marie (Part 1) and 10,000 Days (Wings Part 2). For me, this is some of the best work Tool has ever done. What a cycle, this is damn near perfect. Wings For Marie acts as intro, but even then is a full song on its own, gently leading us on but with that menace underneath… then 10,000 Days rolls in on bass guitar and a thunderstorm, as the band throbs, the rain storm picks up. Oh man this is brilliant. It builds and builds and builds as it tells its story, the drums pounding and rolling, the guitar soaring and cutting while the bass does calisthentics… well after 8 minutes it becomes a full-on rock out, but by now this is expected, as it would mirror the storm. This is not just songwriting, this is art of the highest order.
The Pot was the second single, and it’s another Tool corker. The restless riffing, the drums pounding your skull, the utter heaviness of it all. Fan-freaking-tastic track.
Lipan Conjuring sounds like a field-worker’s chant, complete with chains rattling. Haunting as hell.
Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) is some repeating guitar lines and some electronic noises. Then there’s a conversation between nurse and doctor while someone heavy breathes… then the doctor speaks to the unknown patient as they exhale (for the last time?)…
Rosetta Stoned sounds like it came off Ænima, all muscle and aggression and huge riffs, screaming vocals and anger. Those guitars are hypnotic. What a huge sound. That riff at the end is just awesome.
Intension starts off with what sounds like sifting through metal shards with a shovel, then minimal music while voices whisper… there’s some chanting vocals and bongo drums. The guitar noodles a bit. Eventually it becomes more skittery and the vocals sing-chant some more but it stays soft, stays low… which leads into…
Right In Two starts off gentle, humans confused by free will and how the monkeys survive to evolve… there’s something almost Pink Floyd-ish about this intro, musically, though. Of course, it becomes Tool soon enough, and then boom! Big washing riffing guitars for a minute before it goes back to bongo drums and a riff that builds until the real aggression hits around 5:20 or so … Jeez, what a work-out! Great track.
And finally it’s Viginti Tres, the intro for which is odd noises that might be a spaceship hovering and landing, or something, I don’t know. The noise builds, maybe a take-off or a powering up, and odd hissing noises… honestly, a weird way to end an album. An exercise in making us listen to 5:03 of noise. I’m sure it’s part of the artistic vision of the album, but for those who want tunes, that ended on the previous track.
I love 10,000 Days. As a whole, it’s an incredible record. Tool seemed to spring fully-formed from the get-go, but incredibly they seem to just get even better and better as they go along, embracing their creativity and fearlessly trying to capture everything they can as perfectly as possible. This is a completely mature record, and only one band could have made it just like this.
I’m completely happy that we got to see the play on this tour. Shame we’ve waited ten years (now) for another album…