Fear Inoculum - Tool

The Experience: Purge me and evacuate the venom and the fear that binds me... The power you discover when you break free from the lies.
The Vibe: Power.
The Topic: Evil.
The Value: Freedom.
The Tension: The deceiver he says you belong to me... fear the light (Evil did tempt me and bind me) vs. Bless this immunity (I'm free now).

Music video: Still waiting.

The Meaning of Fear Inoculum: According to Tool the whole volume is about growing wiser, healing, progressing, and in Danny Carey's words "getting through and getting over criticisms and our fears of various kinds." In the eponymous song, they focus on expelling the deceiver's lies. Inoculum is a medical term for any substance used to inoculate. We are not safer alone in the dark. We don't need to fear the light. We can listen to others - hear them now - and exhale the contagion, and inhale the clarity that others' bring to our lives. This new immunity is what makes possible the power behind Fear Inoculum's driving beat. At the same time, Fear Inoculum only explores this new freedom, not the path that lead to it. Tool leaves us to figure out how.

Ask yourself: How do you go from slave to free? What can save you? If there's a deceiver is there also a savior?

Album: Fear Inoculum - 2019


Immunity, long overdue
Contagion, I exhale you
Lying, I opened up to you
Venom in mania
Now, contagion, I exhale you

The deceiver says, he says
You belong to me
You don't wanna breathe the light of the others
Fear the light, fear the breath
Fear the others for eternity
But I hear them now, inhale the clarity
Hear the venom, the venom in
What you say inoculated
Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Weave my allegorical elegy

Enumerate all that I'm to do
Calculating steps away from you
My own mitosis
Growing through delusion from mania

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Weave my allegorical elegy

Forfeit all control
You poison, you spectacle
Exorcise the spectacle
Exorcise the malady
Exorcise the disparate
Poison for eternity
Purge me and evacuate
The venom and the fear that binds me

Unveil now, lift away
I see you runnin'
Deceiver chased away
A long time comin'

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin


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