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RADIO FRIENDLY TOOL!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Mer De Noms (Audio CD)
Hard to belive an album like this was released in 2000. This is a time when Californication was in the charts and new metal was emerging from the minds of fizzy pop loving teens in America.
When i first heard Maynard was working with artists from bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Marylin Mansons band, I was very interested. Tool had always kept this non mainstreame feel to there music, and to this day you can still ask most "rock" fans whether they've heard of Tool and they'd say no.
With APC, they create this amazing melodic prog rock feel to there music. Mer de Noms has some amazing production too, expected if MJK is involved. The tracks complement each other on a first listen, but draws you closer to it everytime you listen to it.
If your thinking its gonna sound like a Tool album then your wrong. MJK wanted to give the dark art metal a rest for while and go for something a little more smoother, and this is achieved.
Stand out tracks on this album include Magdalena, Thomas and 3Libras, not to mention the powerful single Judith. If I was to draw simalarities then i'd choose a band like Incubus or My Vitriol at times, and also some Tool influences, only some though. Howerdel uses alot of chorus/ distortion guitaring with harmonics and MJK carries his voice in the songs allot more then he did with Tool. This mix of guitaring and vocals is perfect, eh herm.
The structure of the songs seem to be very 'normal' too. This is in comparison to anything Tool have done. The songs on this album are set out with simple verse/chorus/verse bridge structure, whereas Tool's work were all over the place, in a good way.
Also suprising are some acoustic guitaring areas on the album. MJK's voice goes beautifly with this style of guitaring, eg on Renholder. The drumming on this album is also phenominal, giving a new feel to this dying genre.
Overall, this album is outstanding and deserves some fantastic reviews. If your a Tool fan then buy it, if your not then try it out. If youv'e not heard of either then stop reading this review and making out you know stuff about rock!!