I love 10K days and aenima, but Lateralus is truly special to me, I think it's one of the best and most thematically cohesive records ever made.
Fear Inoculum kinda feels like they're treading water on a few tracks but the title track, Pnuema, Culling Voices and Invincible are all great, if a bit same-y
The first half of Descending is fucking incredible, atmospheric, bleak, then it drops the ball and becomes boring and overwrought
everything else is forgettable.
6/10 album, it's good but full of wasted potential