25 Years Ago: Tool Conjure Up Spirituality + Anger With ‘Ænima’

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“Learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim…” On Oct. 1, 1996 (Sept. 17 on vinyl), Tool unleashed one of their career-defining albums, Ænima, an essential release for the golden age of ’90s alternative rock. Before Ænima went on to sell more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone, Tool were known primarily has a hard rock band with a penchant for heavy grooves, expressing anger and exploring dark subject matter. With the introduction of Ænima, however, prior psychedelic nuance became a full-on trip while songs became longer and increasingly dense. Though there may have been a …

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