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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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H. Oh that sneaky snake...
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savethissw the lyrics are pretty straight forward goofball... analyze the lyrics to Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana Now that's where you will waste neurons (using your words) because only little minds could think you could actually waste neurons...

Been Rock'n since the mid 70's
Can't stop won't stop
Rock on Everyone!
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kirstynpaque t
Fuk u lames nosy watchers matt
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This artist page is always an interesting place to go.
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May the libatarians rule the world
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Or maybe he'll build a wall around you so no one could hear your hate ever again.
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Maybe we'll get lucky and Trump will ban Tool from ever playing blasphemous music again. Put Tool and all the liberals in Cali and let an earthquake break it off and float it out to sea.
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I love the music so much I had a tat of an artists vision of the third eye put on my left shoulder.... I want more
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Indiana70, and Oakley, I'm trying my hardest to wish you two have never heard a tool song. Your little brains have wasted too many neurons trying to comprehend 'dark' or 'subversive' lyrics and music. May you be blessed by a thousand Taylor swift and Coldplay tracks.
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Maynard wrote a song for you buddy. Its called hooker with a penis
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Again I can handle a few song of misery. I'm just say'n it's a little excessive. If they had a positive message of growth for the hurt and pain they've experienced they would be THE BEST BAND EVER....No Hope is a miserable place to be...
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Again if they sang about Sea Turtles and the sort they would be the best band ever!
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Instrumental geniuses!!!. . . However lacking in lyrical writing ...Same old Cry Baby S**t...Grow up Maynard and move on...Their is help for your insecurities and if anyone claims judgement they themselves are naive to the fact and theme of his hurt and sorrow and must think its ok to be sexually abused and absent of hope...Grow and move on people. If you get knocked down pick yourself up; heal and move forward...TH E R E ARE ANSWERS....
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Listening to Tool gives me a natural high, stimulating my mind!! LOVE every song.
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Maynard is a fckn master with lyrics !! Love me some tool... Listen to the lyrics ppl!!!
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brad.cossick 9
Tool is the best rock, stoner band ever I love all the music that have done so far love to hear some more new music from TOOL why can't we get TOOL on bar room j boxes that sucks ! ! ! Bradley j cossick carport Pa.
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GANJA PLZ
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Dear Oakley,

I will not give you the respect to call you a tool. You are an imbecile. Go listen to your mainstream rock, and we will enjoy one of the best bands ever. If you do not like something, shut up. Do you think any of us care about your opinion on this matter? This band has the most soul I've ever heard in the music industry. And trying too hard? That's just you trying to get people to get mad at you.
With love and care,
Matthew Fox
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alexconfiden t i a l
Saw these cats back in 1995, Great live band! Danny Carey is a Drum God.
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One of many of my favorite songs by TØØL!!!!! My all time favorite band. .hands down
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mikemuth1137
Maynard is my dad.
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assilem1869
I think 10,000 days is the best album
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Tool is the most brilliant and creative band to come out of the 90's. I would put them on the same list as the Beatles when it comes to innovation. Has anyone ever actually looked at their sheet music? It's insane!
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I used to love this band. Until the last 3 albums sounded the same.
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pbisinov
Oakley, you're a Tool
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rblaeholder5
Do you even understand the brilliance behind what you're listening to?
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I think it's funny how someone can judge a band by only a song or two that they hear and can't understand or comprehend the meaning and symbology that's behind it sorry Oakley but your wrong
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Jamming
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To oakley, only idiots need a decoder ring to understand the message. Moron!
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ive never enjoyed haters
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totally a turn on!!!!
from ddb or bree
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TOOL IS THE ONLY WAY...
\M/ (>0<) \m/
live love and let die. ...
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I remember getting Undertow as a holiday gift. I appreciate that each Tool release has been its own thing. 3 classic albums, Ænema and Lateral us being the other two.
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Feeling the need to attack Maynard or anyone else over them not agreeing with your silly little opinions is incredibly childish.
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Metallica has a few good songs they're a good band but they are not the best Metal band.TOOL ON THE OTHER HAND IS A LEGENDARY BAND!!!!ALL OF THEIR SONGS AND ALBUMS ARE GREAT!!!MAYN A R D JAMES KEENAN,ADAM JONES,DANNY CAREY,AND JUSTIN CHANCELLOR ARE ALL LEGENDARY AT WHAT THEY DO!!!!TOOL IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!! ! !
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Favorite song on the album��
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Tool/Perfect Circle are an incredibly gifted and unique talent however in my opinion their lyrics flat out SUCK. Maynard is a miserable cry baby if you don't believe me the evidence is in his and his bands writing. Again in my opinion he could sing about Sea Turtles and I would dig the craftsmanshi p and artistry of the amazing sound these guys produce, however the guy needs to grow up, move on and get some much needed help... There are answers...
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It doesn't matter how old I get Tool will always be the best.
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Neither compare to Ozzy/ Black Sabbath.....
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Metallica is legendary... Tool is just unique... They both ROCK....
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F**k Metallica they tools original. Whoever is trying to make me believe Metallica wrote the music or whatever you're a piece of s**t
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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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