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Now It Begins
on May 31, 2017
I bought this to complete my Tool collection. And, I have to be honest, if I wasn't a rabid fan already this EP wouldn't impress me much. In retrospect, having heard the masterpieces Tool would later produce, I can hear hints and glimmers of their future genius here. But, if this had been my introduction to them I might have passed on "Undertow" or "Aenima" (both of which I loved from the get-go).
I'm not saying that this is a bad album. It's actually pretty good - but not nearly as great as their later stuff. So, if you aren't familiar with Tool I would suggest you start with "Undertow" or "Aenima" or "Lateralus." IMHO, those are more likely to more smoothly introduce you to the unique and intricate music of this incredibly talented band. You'll probably buy this album later on, to complete your collection.
If you are already a Tool fan, you should get this EP just to hear the greatness that is beginning to come together, and will eventually blow everyone away with "Undertow" (and all that follows).