Rats in ruin.
The layerings of melodic delays, reverbs, and filters blend together into a musical cocktail that is undeniably beautiful and lulls the listener into a dream-like state.
Tool seems less interested in “pushing the envelope” and more concerned with creating a musical journey.
There is a candid sense of liveliness and joviality that pierces Tempel’s compositions. Much of the record leaves an impression of a hard/classic rock aesthetic, however, the way they dig their heels into metallic qualities, carried by vociferous rasps, makes the album feel retro and simultaneously progressive.
Crux is an undeniably unique album. Compositionally, it is exceptionally crafted and a breath of fresh air within modern rock music. However, I find myself simultaneously loving and hating parts of the album and generally that feeling happens at the same time.