This album is great. Are 100% of them great? No. But 85-90% are. Who cares if the songs are a little different than they were 15 years ago. You probably are too.
APC the Elephant
Couple listens through and I’ll give it a passing grade. The production sounds odd to me like it's mixed really loud. Nothing to be overly hyped about for me anyway.
The brilliance of this album is, well on my journey on this plan would be described as immortal and disconnected with this mediocre realm. Material objects and ego destructed by the vocals and musical talent that is defined as a perfect circle. Blessed be all those that are able to embrace this destruction of sound.
a challenge to the listener
Like many other people, when i first saw this album I had assumed that it was an anti-Christian campaign by just reading the song names and thinking of their past song Judas (which I do like). Looking back I now feel embarrassed to have thought that while thinking of myself as a fan of APC or Tool. Like all albums that Maynard puts out they generally have a message to tell when you put all of the songs together. This album I believe is about breaking free of the vices and self destructive thought processes of the world we live in today. And as for the song Talk Talk its actually asking the facebook warrior Christians to follow the religion they claim to believe in but have no real understanding of. As a whole I believe this is an album meant to inspire its listeners to be better people and could even, dare I say, be played in a church. As for the actual music it's something new. though I like my music heavy I still appreciate slower songs such as weak and powerless or 3 libras, but this is… piano. lots of piano, and raw Maynard. there is slight diversification at the end in hourglass and get the lead out but for the most part the album is a very even and consistent tempo. in other words it would kill whatever mood you were in unless it was somber reflective melancholy, but if that’s you then this is the album of the year. It's an interesting new direction and the talent is obviously there. Obviously not what any of us was expecting but it's still a quality album.
Not TOOL, OK 👌🏻
If you don’t like this album, check your pants for something brown and stinky. It’s not TOOL, it’s not supposed to be TOOL. It’s APC and it’s a nice little album. But also bring on the new TOOL record.
Doesn't strike a chord with me
The music feels a bit contrived and inorganic compaired to their original album. They sound very good but there is a lack of soul and passion.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this album, but I was pleasantly surprised! I’m loving the incorporation of different instruments, and Keenan always delivers with meaningful lyrics that fit the music!
An old school APC fan who loves this album.
By Miranda Adria
I had the wonderful opportunity to see APC live when they opened for NIN during the Fragility tour circa 1999-2000. I didn't even know who they were, but I instantly became a fan. After listening through this new album, yea... it's like coming back home. It was a long time coming, but for me, it was worth the wait. For anyone who was expecting Tool, you clearly never knew what APC was about. This is the softer side of a heavy metal mentality, the time to slow down, absorb, process, decipher, and pick apart the intricacy of life in a much more subtle, subdued fashion. Maynard's voice is ethereal on this album, and brings back to those nights I spent playing Mer De Noms on repeat. Definitely an album I'm going to be listening to for years to come.
Different and still good
New lyrical meanings and new songs. Don’t stay attached to the past.
Even with open mind, I’m disappointed
I’m all for bands refusing to be pigeonholed by their past work, thereby breaking into new grounds and sounds over time. Well, it’s been a while for APC, so a group of talented musicians ought to have the license to do just that: grow. Problems arise however when what could and should be touted as “growth” turns out to be—put simply—not that good.
This album largely has a softer tone and pace than the APC of the past, which again, I don’t object to on principle, but the result is a slow-motion Hindenburg, where the listener can absorb each cringeworthy detail in real time: cliched lyrics with all the depth of a baby pool, overuse of dainty bell-like percussion, misplaced vocal distortion, etc.
And for someone like Maynard, who routinely (and rightly) hates on Metallica, why do so many of the places where the music heats up into harder territory end up sounding like Metallica? “The Doomed” track perhaps being the best example of this abhorrent tendency.
Billy’s grinding guitar play, normally a major draw for APC, is restrained throughout. At times, you feel like maybe he’s about to unleash that signature talent, but an uninspired chorus returns or the song ends.
I was willing (and eager) to hear out anything new from APC, even if it was going to be “different” from their sound of the past, but I never envisioned being so disappointed afterwards. What happened? Was it laziness? Complacency? Or simple overthinking? Not sure, but I hope Maynard, Billy, and company are grounded enough after all these years to admit that maybe they didn’t accomplish that which they could or should have with Eat The Elephant.