For the first time in over 13 years, we can finally say it once again — it's Tool day. After what felt like an eternity waiting for new music from our prog lords, Fear Inoculum was released today.

Between the band adding "2019" to their logo on social media, to teaser videos of chirping crickets, to the live debuts of "Invincible" and "Descending," to the official announcement and title reveal, this year has been quite a rollercoaster for Tool fans. But the wait is finally over, and from the alluring title track to the screeching bird-like sounds of "Mockingbeat," Fear Inoculum is an 85-minute musical journey.

The majority reaction to the album has been positive — very, very positive. Fans are sharing their experiences while listening all over the internet, ranging from crying to deeming this release the band's best work yet.

Some people protected their new copy at all costs.

user on Reddit provided their emotional analysis saying, "Tool has transcended. Its over. You did it. No more music needs to be made. This album has literally made me cry...what the FUCK!!!! THIS WAS WORTH THE FUCKING WAIT. I don't want to hear another fucking album ever again. What the fucking time signatures... Maynard literally gave the performance of a LIFETIME and it's his least vocal in my opinion..."

However, a seemingly common response to the album is that it was less than they expected. Another Reddit user said, "Who else feels that this whole album is sincerely underwhelming? I’m not saying it’s bad, it just sounds like a mellow nuProg APC release than a Tool album. The titular track is okay, but I just wasn’t jazzed up once at any point for the rest of it. 7empest had some balls, but the rest just felt neutered and safe — as if, ironically enough, they were afraid. It feels lazy."

Let's face it, all music receives mixed reviews. Some people will love it, some will hate it. All that should matter to you is how it makes you feel. Happy listening!

Tool just announced a 2019 North American tour, see the dates here and get tickets here.

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