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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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Wilson , you're so sensitive you pussyboy. I'm a Dirtbag in the MC world I'll slap your mama
High speed dirtbag WHITEBOYS on two wheels. FTW MC. You might get a ball peen hammer n**ger. Rickety and Husky F**k you , Tool , and the cops!!!!!
You also husky kook. Ride a wheelie on your skull. FTW MC
Stirring s**t up N**ger rickety royal but would love to drag your punk a** HDFXR. N**ger
Do you ever tag "phattymatty " on rail cars? You seem like a dude that would be into that.
Phattymatty does it suck living next to the train tracks?
Huh huh uh huh uh huh
Reading this feed it's obvious that groups of negative, hateful people suck. I am really just f**king perplexed when I experience the misery and judgement that falls out of people's mouths over and over again...i go through life feeling like there are just not enough hours in the day for the kind of life that I am living. I cannot even wrap my mind around the idea that so many people make the conscious choice to use significant amounts of time expelling that kind of energy all over the place.Re
Pushit live.
Hey Chinky clown! NOBODY CARES WHAT U HAV2 SAY! STIK2 BICH BANDS!
F**k you Nicko043 ! Do us all a favor and eat a bullet. I would love to paste your face on the back tire of my FXR. FTW and F**K U
worst band in the world, i make better music sittin on the tolet
arnanders
Pushit Live version by far the best, along with Opiate into Flood. So good. Hard to pick.lol
arnanders
Maynard is not gay.lmao. i know Blaire and have met the band, hes married with Kids, he hides this fact. Check out the ring.lol, he f**ks around so much telling people he writes songs about anal sex everyone falls into it,lol
Nicko you and your f**got butt buddy can come to my place any time 351 51st st. Newport news Va. I got something for both of u b**ches! !!
Seen Tool Six times and hope they finish their last album and tour it.
I went to Mathew Knight Areana for tool on may 24(or somthing like that) in Eugene,OR for my first concert F**king Amazing.
I care for my sword, I'm somebody.
Joan Jett is going into the rock and roll hall of fame.
No one cares about your sword
I love my new ninja sword
Where is the Salival album? I'd much like to hear their badass cover of No Quarter on here
I used my ninja sword for 30 minutes tonight
I'm getting fellow ninjas as friends all over the world.
Wooden Sword *
tlandry043
Hey fattypatty, I bet that racist POS Haohmaruofth e q u e e r would whip yo a** with a pair of nunchucks. I'd watch out if I were you
Good motherf**ker stay gone
I doubt Maynard is gay, as if it matters, but even so I doubt he would want you here if that's how you feel, hopefully you'll lose your intolerance through time.
The singer is gay ? i may not come here anymore if it's true. Faggots.
Gkollenborn1 I read that Tool isn't on iTunes bc they sell their music as a piece of art & if u only buy Sober you won't get to experience Intolerance. If you by 46&2 you won't get to feel Hooker w/ A Penis and so on. Also that they told the iTunes Man FAH-Q you can't tell me what to do w/ my music. That's just one more percentage of possible income going to someone who knows s**t about music.
Nicko baby shoulder deep. Next time I'll bring the crisco! Please douche first next time! !!
This is, hands down, my favorite tool song...
Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
No he's not...he has a son and a wife...the song H. Is about his son...someth i n g like that...and if I'm wrong sorry to all you f**k ups that take it personally.. .
Is the singer gay or a crossdresser or just trying to be "different" because im confused after seeing them live......
jrwill30
Hes simply trolling you, and its working....
I took a poo and didn't die. I'll flush you guys heads down toilets in a ninja gym.
Raise your hand if you can't wait for the new album!
tlandry043
Harris. Take those catch me f--k me shades off cool breeze. Not a good look. Fattypatty, you look like you enjoy a little stink fist.
Yea well go sit on a toilet and die like ELVIS !!!!!!
Get the f**k out of here haohmaruofth e w i n d .
Elvis is cool. When i won my wrestling medal they started calling me Elvis Parsley in school.
No nicko but how is your a** my fist feels fine a little stinky though! !!
Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
protechmills
I have died. I will die. It's alright.
protechmills
I have died, I will die, Its alright
Tool is this generations Beatles and Maynard is my Elvis.
I have a step son and a step step daughter
Why aren't they on iTunes???
I'm a man child and almost got laid for my 57th or 58th time today.
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