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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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Lol yes people always screw that up.
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Please for the love of TOOL in the song THE POT it's not kangaroo. It's king guru done hung the guilty with the innocent
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I would actually like to hear who if not the best n and in the world TOOL who nickos. Favorite band is?
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Someone had to silence that lamb
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nicko252008
Haha hell yes Theo! it's a WORTHLESS kid, nicely said.
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Tool is a great band nicko butt hurt you are " ". what is in between those parenthesis is what you are absolutely nothing man worthless kid bet your mom and dad beat your a** senseless as a kid still didn't work you don't piss me off or bother me I just think your comments an You are worthless that is all.
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Just reading the lyrics is enough to give me happy chilled deep goose-bumps.
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I love music that makes you think wither it's good or evil! Open your mind and think about what's being said! Deep s**t!
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Moaaahhh!!! Naeihh! No maajhsvs!!!! ! Naaarrhhh!! To browah!!
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This is the only way nicki. Or nicko. Can get anyone to talk to him hey nicko who's your favorite band?? Guarantee he doesn't answer but I bet it's fn metallica f**king sellouts!
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nicko252008
Tool was never overrated...
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I like turtles
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Hey Nick sicko Menard's got more talent in his little finger than you have ever had in your life!
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isajrose
Pull your head out your a** Nicko252008. Thats all
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tlandry043
In order to be overrated you have to be considered good. And I got two thumbs down for these dirty A-holes
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The vocals do suck.
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This is the most overrated band in the history of music... Music is alright but the vocals and lyrics are garbage.
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i know who King Crimson, King Diamond and King Wyrm are.
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chacalaplaya
King Crimson
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Up to my neck soon to drown but you changed that all for me lifted me up turned me round
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One great big festering neon distraction, I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied LEARN TO SWIM
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New michael angelo. Vanessa looks more like Fiona Apple than manson. Vanessa looks like Michele Branch with straightened hair.
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nicko252008
tlandry prays to Maynard everynight.
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tlandry043
Vanessa Carlton looks like Manson. They're both fat slobs
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The pot. ������
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Art in motion... Waves of sound rush thru me like adrenaline. Simulating all my senses. We are fortunate to have such a great band in our generation. Every song is a metaphor for the Universe or the world we live in... Enjoy the moment cus I think we're the last in line.. Catch ya on the flip side
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New Megadeth cd. New Vanessa Carlton cd and 2 new of Onmyoza. Good year for metal and rock,
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I love TOOL!!! Gets me all worked up!!
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Knock me down I'll just come back running !!!
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Let's go digging, let's go diggin
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46 & 2 one of the best!!!
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Prying open..
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Can't wait for a new album. They're great
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nicko252008
New album SOON! hell yes!
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Vicarious is amazing
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Sober
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Wtf is the matter with y'all? Tool is a bad asss band. Get over it.
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nicko252008
Tlandry 043 prays to maynard every night lie a good little phag.
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tlandry043
Haomaru is a tool like tool. He likes to shove watermelons up his butt like Maynard too
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Still a Fuken amazing group
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I LOVE TOOL SOOOOOOO MUCH
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Hey Melissa I love tori amos, she was in harvard at age 4.
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I am. I'm listening to Megadeth AND tool AND venom.
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bgranieri2
Why aren't you guys on juke boxes
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wow you guys got distraught for a glam guy.
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I'm happy the drummer from twisted sister died
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lisaciarnell i
Well said @waynesnider 1 #weare
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waynesnider1
Its the best there is..Noone knows why...we're not at the level to know why...just be happy its there for us. Tool..we are. Thank You.
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They were the best part of the Lollapalooza show in 93 for me at Quonset state airport and it was a hot day.
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