This is really brilliant. You can view the song as a history of mankind from its early beginnings with cavemen, all the way up to the great civilisations. Not only the lyrics show this interpretation, the music equally reflects it. First you can hear tribal drumming (symbolizing primitive times), which is gradually replaced by electronic drum sounds (for the technological society). Amazing.
Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? The whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? The why call him god..
@pinkfloid I disagree. I think this song is a success.
What I listen to mostly these days is electronic music, and Tool. I thought the IDM beat at the end was cool. Different, yeah. But if you listen to it a bunch of times it sticks.
too true pinkfloid, it always seemed to me like they tried to force this album too much. on top of going so mainstream with 10k days... it just doesn't feel like they put as much thought behind their sound here compared to earlier albums.
and those over-analytical "fans" were a lot fewer and far between before this album also. i miss that... haha
I enjoy most Tool songs but I find this fairly unexceptional. I mean it's enjoyable background music but that's about it. If as a listener you feel a need to imbue a song with a complex story about how it represents the voyage of mankind from innocence to nowadays to make it enjoyable then something's wrong. I quite enjoy the fact Tool are much better musicians than to rely too much on one sound or peg themselves into a corner musically but it doesn't mean every experiment is a success either. I'll count this as one of those interesting failures.