Fear Inoculum (song)

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"Fear Inoculum"
Single by Tool
from the album Fear Inoculum
ReleasedAugust 7, 2019
GenreProgressive metal[1]
Producer(s)Joe Barresi
Tool singles chronology
"Fear Inoculum"

"Fear Inoculum" is a song by American rock band Tool. The song was released as the title track and lead single from their fifth studio album Fear Inoculum. It was released on August 7, 2019, the first new Tool song since the release of their previous album 10,000 Days.[3] Upon its debut on the Billboard Hot 100, "Fear Inoculum" became the longest song ever to chart on the Hot 100, overtaking David Bowie's Blackstar.


Loudwire described the song as having "Middle Eastern drum patterns" and called it a "slow burn building to big, cathartic crescendos". They also praised Keenan's vocals, noting the lyrics "seem to address a rejection of fear and negativity from outside sources."[3] Loudersound described the song as "a lengthy, polyrhythmic song that slowly reveals its secrets. A carefully calculated trip that nevertheless hits emotional pressure points."[4] Metalsucks praised the song's mixing, Carey's drumming and Jones's guitar tone.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's first entry since "Schism" in 2001, and became the longest song in the chart's history to make an entry, breaking the record held by David Bowie's "Blackstar".[6][7][8] It debuted on the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart at number 4 on the August 17 release.[9]




Chart (2019) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 68
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 76
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 93
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 3


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  4. ^ Hammer, Eleanor Goodman2019-08-07T14:08:29Z Metal. "The first reaction to Tool's new single Fear Inoculum". Metal Hammer Magazine.
  5. ^ "Ten Random Thoughts on Tool's New Song "Fear Inoculum"". MetalSucks. August 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Tool's New Single Makes Chart History; 'Ænima' Album Re-Enters Billboard 200 At No. 10". Blabbermouth.net. August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Longest & Shortest Hot 100 Hits: From Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce & David Bowie to Piko-Taro". Billboard.
  8. ^ Cadiente, Tim. "Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' Breaks Record As Longest Billboard Hot 100 Hit & First to Run More Than 10 Minutes". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Top Rock Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #538". auspOp. August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tool – Fear Inoculum" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Tool Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 19, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "Tool Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Tool Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2019.