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|Song by Tool|
|from the album 10,000 Days|
|Released||May 2, 2006|
|Genre||Progressive metal, experimental metal|
|Label||Tool Dissectional, Volcano Entertainment|
|Songwriter(s)||Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, Maynard James Keenan|
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Rosetta Stoned|
Structurally, the song contains complex fast-to-slow drum fills, performed by the band's drummer Danny Carey. The song uses 4/4, 5/8, 5/4, 11/8, 3/4, and 6/4 time signatures and is characterised by its aggressive riffs. The song also features unconventional percussion instruments and polyrhythms.
The name of the song is a reference to the Rosetta Stone. Lyrically, the song deals with a man's encounter with aliens, spiritual realizations and his state of a coma after a DMT trip. The song is written in a stream of consciousness style.
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.
The song generally received positive reviews by the critics. Nevertheless, it was criticized by some for its lyrics (which include extensive use of profanity) and Maynard James Keenan's experimental vocal delivery. It was also praised for its arranging and performances, especially due to Danny Carey's "multi-limbed" percussion skills and creative drumming. Critics also likened the song to The Grateful Dead's works. The similarities between this song and another Tool song, "Third Eye," also have been noted. Nick Cowen from Drowned in Sound gave a positive review to the song, appreciating its narration, intense mood and guitar work. The song was also musically compared to an extensive jam.
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