Tool just announced a Fear Inoculum deluxe edition, and not all fans are happy.
Ohellnowhatsupdawg posted on Reddit, “This is in response to the vinyl announcement as someone who’s into vinyl, has plenty of money to spend on vinyl, and has been looking for a new TOOL vinyl release for ages.
Let’s start with the basics. There is absolutely no reason for this to be 5 LPs based on 1.5 hours of music. The album should be 2 to 3 LPs max based on the song lengths, yet somehow they landed on 5.
‘But it’s etched!’ says the diehard TOOL fan. “Adam always does unique packaging!” says the diehard TOOL fan. And now they’re selling it to you for $100+ instead of the $40-50 it should be. I even see nutters here saying they’d pay up to $200. And this is just one instance of this nonsense.
Music is unavailable on streaming for a decade. No vinyl releases worth a damn since Aenima. Tool Army $50 annually. $500 VIP. Regular tickets are $100+ in most cases. Overpriced t-shirts and posters. Ignored scalping. And now, an $810 autographed FI vinyl kicking off the wider release.
There’s no world in which these prices are acceptable. Oh, and don’t quote Hooker at me or anything else. Greed is greed and there’s no putting lipstick on this pig.
The FI vinyl release is a prime example of a fanbase exploiting cash grab.”
Ihndrtzwnzg responded, “My last Tool ticket cost more than the first 10 combined.”
BrewtalDoom said, “I haven’t seen Tool since 2007 as I was living in parts of the world where bands simply don’t tour. The last time I saw them, it was £27.50 and Mastodon supported it. Now I’m living in North America, I thought I’d take the opportunity to go and see my favorite band for the first time in 15 years. Then I tried to get a ticket. How has it gotten to this point? Having floor seating is bad enough, but charging these insane prices is just really disheartening.”