Culling Voices
by Tool

Album: Fear Inoculum (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • To "cull" means to pick out from others. "Culling Voices" is about the social media age and the "rage mobs" that declare people guilty without trial and then proceed to destroy their lives.

    Judge, condemn, and banish any and everyone
    Without evidence
    Only the whispers from within


    Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan experienced this phenomenon firsthand in June 2018 when an anonymous Twitter user accused him in a long string of tweets of raping her after a show. After this, more accusations came forward on Reddit. No one pressed charges or came forward to claim these accusations as their own.

    Keenan responded to the accusations by tweeting out thanks to those who "saw right through this despicable false claim" and shaming those who "perpetuate this destructive clickbait."
  • Tool played the song in concert for the first time during their January 15, 2022 show at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. The debut of "Culling Voices" meant the band had now performed all seven songs live from the physical version of Fear Inoculum.

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