Alternative metal somewhere between I Mother Earth and Tool is what we get on this new album from Tool members Billy Howerdel(Guitar,composer) and Maynard James Keenan(Lead vocals) and their bandmates Josh Freese(Drums) who also was involved in The Damning Well that featured Wes Borland(Limp Bizkit),Richard Patrick(Filter) and Danny Lohner(Nine Inch Nails)with the great tune "Awakening" from the Underworld soundtrack,other members in APC are James Iha(Guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins) and Jeordie White(bassist formerly with Marilyn Manson). 3 years after the debut MER DE NOMS(2000) which was a side project of Tool,the band has soul searched and have completed the much anticipated 2nd album THIRTEENTH STEP which is a very dark emotional progressive metal album that has it?s moments like the suggestive "The Noose"(a small masterpiece it is),the 7 minute long opening track "The Package"(grows on me slowly but strong) and the oriental "The Outsider"(Led Zep meets Rush). Maybe the most beautiful song on the album is a song written by our hero Ken Andrews(Year of the rabbit),it?s called "Nurse who loved me" and was featured on the album Fantastic Planet(96) with his by then band "Failure"! There are also some influences from Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails in APC?s music,sadfully there are too many up?s and down?s on this new album for me to hold it high but when it?s great......it?s GREAT!. I also recommend the latest album with I Mother Earth if you?re a sucker for this type of music.