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Tool

Tool's greatest breakthrough was to meld dark underground metal with the ambition of art rock. Although Metallica wrote their multi-sectioned, layered songs as if they were composers, they kept their musical attack ferociously at street level. Tool didn't. They embraced the artsy, bohemian preoccupations of Jane's Addiction while they simultaneously paid musical homage to the relentlessly bleak visions of grindcore, death metal, and thrash. Even with their post-punk influences, they executed their music with the aesthetic of prog rock, alternating between long, detailed instrumental interludes and lyrical rants in their songs.

Tool had a knack for conveying the strangled, oppressive angst that the alternative nation of the early '90s claimed as its own. So, Tool were able to slip into the definition of alternative rock during the post-Nirvana era, landing a slot on the third Lollapalooza tour in 1993, which helped their first full-length debut album, Undertow, rocket to platinum status. By the time the band delivered its belated follow-up, Ænima, in 1996, alternative rock had lost its grip on the mainstream of America, and Tool's audience had shaped up as essentially metal-oriented, which meant that the group and the record didn't capture as big an audience as their first album, despite debuting at number two on the charts. After a co-headlining slot with Korn on Lollapalooza '97 wrapped up, Tool remained on the road, supporting Ænima until well into the next year.

During the band's usual extended hiatus between albums, Maynard James Keenan decided to use his downtime productively by forming a side project, dubbed A Perfect Circle. The band's 2000 debut, Mer de Noms, was a surprise hit, while the ensuing tour was a sold-out success as well. With Tool breakup rumors swirling, the band put the speculation to rest by re-entering the recording studio and issuing the stopgap B-sides/DVD set Salival late the same year. Finally, May 2001 saw the release of Tool's third full-length release, Lateralus, which debuted at the number one position on the Billboard album chart and became the band's biggest hit. After the obligatory several-year sabbatical to pursue other projects, the group returned with another chart-topper, 10,000 Days, in 2006. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Swingonthesp i r a l . . . . I couldn't agree more!
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They need to take Metallica's names out of Tool's bio that band is straight f**king cancer. Don't even mention them alongside this holy quartet
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Whoever wrote the Bio on Pandora is ridiculous tool did their own thing man they didn't "embrace" the artsy Bohemian style of people like Janes addiction or anyone honestly come on
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Liberal far left loons but great musicians.
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mvosseller
F**k yeah
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Is there ever going be another album?
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I've seen tool five times and I'll go see them again and again they don't disappoint at all Maynard is a f**king beast on vocals and there's no one that can compare to Danny on the drums Adam Jones is as smooth as the tides of the ocean and Justin chancellor will make your body shake with his bass riffs so if u think tools ok or the suck u really need to expand your mind and realize that they're the greatest band ever the only band to sell out every show the play
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I'm so glad that Tool has nearly 100,000 likes.... Also MJK's voice is one of the best....
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Tacos are like Tool... Deliciousnes s on the inside and crispness on the outside.... also, Tacos are LSD.
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Maynard get over it.... I too was molested ( by a neighborhood High School boy) Harold Oxley if your listening I forgive you man! There is peace find it...
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Maynard is known for three things. Making s**tty wine, fronting not 1 but 2 crappy bands , and being a blasphemous prick. Two thumbs down for mr blasphemer.
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Put Danny on drums,leave lili on violin,and claypool on bass.Now that is a Perfect Circle
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Alittle heavy aren't they? Not criticizing, just dark.....I think
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I know I'll never be able to see tool live ( unless I win the lottery.. pshhyea) but I still have a very important statement to make........ I f**king love tacos.... that is all.
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I love tacos!
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There f**king awesome
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in the confusion and emotions of the social engineering circled around child abuse. tool offers insight
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TOOL IS THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME!!!
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Seeing tool in October at monster energy aftershock!! ! ! ! 22/23 2016
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Tool makes big waves wh
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Sober by Tool, this was probably the first big major hit and song that I really liked by tool That really got me to listen to them, this is a awesome kick a** song. I love the guitar solo, and the sound of his guitar. Tool rocks! Rock on!
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I hate Perfect Circle lolz jk
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That wasn't a her you idiot.
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kingbgna
She was down for anything thanks to them
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kingbgna
Best sex I ever had was to a Tool song...
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I Think.....
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If more people listened to and understood tool, the world would be a better place I think
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Tool will always be my favorite band. I've never heard a more powerful/ emotional thought provoking voice other than Maynard's.
The man could sing about the reproduction of bees and I'd listen.
I am happy to be able to be alive in a time with wonderful musicians such as Tool.
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I grew up listening to Tool
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Wow how original Logan. Haven't heard that one before. What are you like 12. Com'on man expand your thoughts. Be original think deeply. Spewing thoughts that provoke conversation s grows your mind which leads to Wisdom and or Intelligence . Challenge yourself and don't be shallow little man. Start caring you can change peoples lives!
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Mouths are like a**holes. Everyone's got one and it's constantly spewing s**t. S**t is like your opinion. You're the only one who cares
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@joeyfreitas 7 7 yo, I've been grown up on tool. I've never heard a more in depth and thought provoking band in my entire life. So if you dissing on tool, f**k you.
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Everyone has their own opinion. Unfortunatel y they're all s**t though :^)
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@joeyfreitas 7 7... Dude that doesn't make any sense man. How could you be sure every single person who listens to Tool is gay. The author of Love is the answer, no need to be pointing fingers.. look in the mirror man and know that you are flawed....We all are broken....
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@joeyfreitas 7 7 we've got more b**ches than you'll ever have
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Tool is for you want to be HomoSexual s who think you know what's happening in the world
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Why does everybody think Maynard is a prick... Am I missing something... If your honest we ALL HAVE ISSUES... No one is perfect, not one my friend.....
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They had a lot to say! I enjoy the progressive thought provocative style and time changes! MJK: "The art is in the friction!"
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Maynard is a genius probably more then just musical by he his choice of subject matter. But also Maynard is a f#%king prick, A-hole, dickhead, probably is that way because he is suck a genius. Love Tool, Danny is the greatest living drumm in the world!
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markadams266 7
Matty sounds a bit jealous. True all wine smells like a brewed up f*rt. And Maynard may be a prick... But my friend, the music part of your little rant could not be further from the truth. Do you not have half of a brain or ears attached to that melon you call a head?
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Maynard is a blasphemous prick who makes s**tty music and wine.
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Most authentic, original, and engaging music ever and will probably never be outdone by any other artist. Tool set a bar for music that no other band will even go after.
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Spectacular altered mind music
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Tool is just phoneminal,a n d they are very versatile. How many bands can play at this level? Not many.i put them right next to pink Floyd.awesom e band!!
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Tool is a gift from among the skies
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Louisiana
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Agreed Atheist. Maynard is a genius... Don't know what to say to @theamazingb r o n i e s , must be thinking of another band....
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Woah, haha wow tool is good I agree. People are not stupid, just ignorant of Maynard. And his genius and the band and how they rock, basically all of it. Well maybe they are.
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Tool is good and all his side projects too, anyone who says they stink is just plain stupid. Stupid.
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