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Tool’s Ænima Turns 24

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn

On October 1st, 1996, Tool released what would be a career-defining album: Ænima.

The album’s title-which many disagree on regarding its pronunciation-was inspired by psychologist Carl Jung’s term for “soul.”

Ænima would be Tool’s foray into making longer, even heavier songs, such as “Stinkfist,” “Eulogy,” and “Forty-Six & 2.”

Ænima was the first Too album featuring Justin Chancellor on bass. Chancellor is said to have had a big hand in composing “Forty-Six & 2.”

Frontman Maynard Keenan used late comedian Bill Hicks as inspiration for writing songs “Third Eye” and the album’s title-track.

Have you been a fan of Tool’s music and lyrics over the years? What is your favorite Tool song or album?

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