Thanks to my friend Ryan Vox (lead singer of Avoiding the Angel and a few other projects and a good pal from back in the Illadelph), I now have this song stuck in my head. He posted a lyric from it on Facebook and it just started the desire to hear it going strong.
"Stinkfist" is a great Tool song - not one I count among my favorites, mostly because I forget how awesome it is. It's definitely one of the best live tracks at their shows, superintense and raw. A line that sticks with me is "I'll keep digging until I feel something." The grit in Maynard's voice when he sings that reminds me of how I used to feel when I'd get angry and self-destructive. It doesn't matter if you find hurt or pain, you just want to feel anything but the way you do in that moment. This song has been with me during long runs, nighttime drives, crying hysterically punching walls and also being the happiest I've ever felt. Tool's one of the few bands whose music allows me to experience a full range of emotions, rather than just one or two. To me, their songs are angry, beautiful, raging and cathartic all at once.
So, thanks Vox, for bringing this track back to the forefront of my brain and onto this page. Without further ado, "Stinkfist":