Rosetta Stoned

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"Rosetta Stoned"
Song by Tool
from the album 10,000 Days
ReleasedMay 2, 2006
RecordedAugust–December 2005
Producer(s) Tool

"Rosetta Stoned" is a song by the American progressive metal band Tool. It was released on May 2, 2006, as the eighth track off their fourth studio album, 10,000 Days .

Structurally, the song contains complex fast-to-slow drum fills, performed by the band's drummer Danny Carey. [1] The song uses 4/4, 5/8, 5/4, 11/8, 3/4, and 6/4 time signatures [2] and is characterised by its aggressive riffs. [3] The song also features unconventional percussion instruments [4] and polyrhythms. [5]

The name of the song is a reference to the Rosetta Stone. [3] Lyrically, the song deals with a man's encounter with aliens, spiritual realizations, and his state of a coma after a DMT trip. [6] The song is written in a stream of consciousness style. [3]

The preceding track on the album, "Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)" serves as a conceptually synchronized prologue for the song. It depicts a conversation between a patient (Albert Hofmann), a nurse and a doctor (R. Gordon Wasson), which occurs after the event in "Rosetta Stoned". [6]

The song generally received positive reviews from critics. It was also praised for its arranging and performances, [3] especially due to Danny Carey's "multi-limbed" percussion skills and creative drumming. [1] [7] Critics also likened the song to The Grateful Dead's works. [3] The similarities between this song and another Tool song, "Third Eye," also have been noted. [4] Nick Cowen from Drowned in Sound gave a positive review to the song, appreciating its narration, intense mood, and guitar work. [6] The song was also musically compared to an extensive jam. [7]


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