During a recent interview with ‘Metal Hammer,’ Tool bassist Justin Chancellor talked about their ‘Fear Inoculum’ album, which was released in early 2019, and he responded to the harsh criticism about the album title.
While discussing criticism of ‘Fear Inoculum’, Justin explained the untold meaning of their latest album.
Here’s what Justin Chancellor stated:
“It means immunizing yourself against the things that make you afraid. As you grow older, you want to learn, you want to change, you want to evolve and you don’t want to live in fear. Fear is the mind-killer.”
He also explained the group’s biggest fear might. He said:
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I guess it would be: Do you have anything left to give? What’s your purpose. When you’re getting older, you think about what you have to offer, and what’s the point of your life.
We are all musicians and we’re not really good musicians. But we have this gracious gift that has been bestowed on us, and we don’t want to disappoint. So I guess our biggest fear would be, just giving up.
I’m not self-deprecating really … I think it’s an accident. The chemistry and the alchemy of this band, we’re very lucky to have fallen together.”
Also, Tool drummer Danny Carey said that they no longer care what anyone thinks about the title of the album. He stated:
“We were kind of feeling like we were growing into our next level as a band, making progress in the way we composed, and just not giving a shit anymore about what anybody thinks. Kind of conquering our fears about critics.”
“The Fear Inoculum thing was, ‘Get rid of the fear and don’t worry about it,’ especially after we had taken so long because we knew we were going to take the heat.”
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