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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, Rovi
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I understand that everyone has their tastes. But just listen to them and seriously consume the words and think about them. Maynard paints a f**king masterpiece with his words.
If you dont like tool then u arent even really listening to them. Maynard writes everything himself and does a beautiful job at it. Its alot deeper than alot of other bands. I think they have the right idea about... EVERYTHING! I really want to meet them, not to say Oh, hey look, i met tool but because they seem like such interesting people, people that i would love to get together with, have a beer and just talk. They have been an inspiration in my life and i wouldnt be the same without them.
Amazing band . Extremely artistic and different.
ebeets1
This song (Aenima) is in my head at least 3 out of 7 days a week when I wake up. Those days are usually weekdays. This is my theme song for this 2010's.
Love them, love everything they put out. Maynards voice is unlike any others. He succeeds with all his avenues.
Tool is the first band in some time that approaches the classic bands of years past like Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Yes and Pink Floyd. Their progressive approach to Metal is unlike anything else around and they're the only band right now whose new albums I really look forward to. Just wish they were a little more prolific.
I really don't think Tool cares if you hate them. Like, not even a little bit.
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
danelex
Maynard is a genius. His music is proof of that. Technically splendid and beautiful.
Loser
manowar68
TOOL = BOSS!
Lots of small minds posting here. If you don't like the music, turn on something you do like. What makes you think I give a rats a** if you like it or not.
If your opinion doesn't agree with mine then it's wrong!
@ littlequy99 Well if you don't prog you probably wont like Tool. You should probably stick to what you know, like Justin Bieber and Michael Bay movies.
On Spotify you can't find tool!!!!.... . You can find APC but not tool!
I just got bored. Why does he sing so low I can't even hear him
Yawn......
kj_mayer
You love it or hate it. Tool
Is uncompromisi n g . And that's a very good thing IMO. love this band
hey Anthony Ellis!!!! f**k you!!!
Tool? what a bunch of tools!!! this is terrible music if you can even call it music!!
Absolutely the awesomest!!! The lyrics are deep but kick a**. Great overall philosophy! !! \m/
one of the best live shows i've seen....and i've been to alot of shows
I love tool!!! They give me goosebumps every time I listen to them.
If don't like Tool I'd seriously reevaluate your musical tastes..
There tickets are sold out in 3mins
Lol
I don't think getting laid has to do with anything •-• just a grumpy person BOTH OF YOU GET YOUR S**T TOGETHER MAN SLUTS
Chicane-your an angry little person aren't you? Is it because you've never been laid or is it because you got laid too much as a child-it must've sucked that mom & dad didn't have any other hobbies. You definately one of those sub-humans that gives being "pro-choice" a lot of appeal. Too bad mom didn't have enough cash for the abortion. Had I known I would've surely lent her the $$$.
It's hard to find bands with this much technical skill. My band director who's been playing music for over 50 years in all genres (including improv jazz), was stumped the first time he heard them
This is my theme song. Cuz f**k you......tha t ' s why.
You mean they were personally rude toi you? Since I have to assume not...now I have to ask how they offended you so personally? Since that doesn't seem likely or relevant, I'll assume that you've never actually tried to absorb its beauty on any measurable level. Ironically. its those like you ...with no real understandin g of anything , yet casting your negative and uninfomed opinions about like bait to the other stupid fish...
That would benefit most from their wonderfully executted message
Lateralus tour they sounded so amazing.
Such jerks to me
I'm not weird I'm just commenting you people don't have to be suck
Biggest fanboy band on the planet. They're good though
Best Band on the Planet!!!
I heard Tool (a recording - not live) for the first time playing before a Pink Floyd Planetarium show in late nineties... was so cool... has been a favorite ever since...
Metallica is okay but Tool is okay too. I'm more of a Megadeth guy. I'm not that I'm that much of a fan boy for them anymore.
Good band, but NIN is better.
Well said drummerman19 7 1 . Metallica isn't even on the same page. Metallica lost the rage that made them a good band in the early 80s.
I wuz surprized 2 c them mention'd az well
Still blows my mind that they actually mention Metallica in the same paragraph as Tool! The level of writing, sophisticati o n and musicianship displayed by Tool is only in the imagination of Metallica, not even a comparison of any kind to be drawn between the two bands.
Most mornings I wake with a song trapped in my head. Today, it was yours! AEmina was and always will be a staple in my collection! Thank You
rolling stones and led zeppelin come to mind they will be around for years
I have never felt such as connection with music,energy , w o r d s . Tool to me, is more along the lines of essential for my existence... . . . . I can revisit songs and quite literally,pu s h my realm of though and understand.. . M a y n a r d has articulated higher level attention to our larger purpose and understand of the question.... . . W h y ?....
One of the best songs EVER.
deathbyfira9 3
Knapp_kevin your weird for being here
LOL at this p**sy below me
This is weird don't like them.
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