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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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nickswire
Metallica wrote their....... . w h a t ? Wrote? They stole. They are posers. You can say they wrote the bible i guess but that isn't necessarily gonna be believed by everyone. Check out metallica unplugged. Try not to laugh. The watch first 30 seconds of Alice in chains unplugged. Dont even mention metallica with tool.
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seen them in boise idaho 2001 bad a** show keenan looks like hes about ready to fall over backwards and or frontwards when he singing into the mike
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agree bandit i could never grow tired of tool
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Ok if you dont like tool then you can go listen to your pop s**t. Im sure katy perry and miley cirus would love you for it
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Tool!! Just one of many bands that I grew up with and will continue to listen to tool and so loud!!!
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jhutchin
Oh, I dunno...I have a good dumb a** detector of my own - if something else filtered dumb asses for us, they'd stay lurking undetected and we'd trip over them at the most inopportune time. I'm impressed with MJK - Tool, Puscifer and Perfect Circle are at the front of my playlists a lot.
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themk7
They need a dumb a** detector, so that folks Nut sac are prevented from say stupid s**t....
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Ok little nutsac why do u even listen to music? Obviously have no idea what ur talking about. Just a wanna be hater is all u are. Pathetic. Get a life otherwise go hang urself and do everybody a favor who actually has taste in music. Go listen to ur nwa, beiber s**t. U have the worst taste in music. Must be a 12 yr old with the ridiculous comments.
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if u don't like tool u can get the f**k out!!
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rovirapn84
*be
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rovirapn84
Fat nutsac should kicked in his name
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Is their a volume lower than mute for this crap? One of the worst grunge bands ever. This band should be exiled to the South Pole for making bad music
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Tool rocks always :-)
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Maynard James Keenan is a real artist, unafraid to explore new territory with his music or to push boundaries. Art rock-infused post grunge ... call it whatever. Tool is genius.
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H. Is one of their best I literally feel high everyone I hear it even when I'm sober(anothe r great one lol)
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I agree Mike Smith! I don't see why people are all nagging on them. I get it that some music isn't for them, but f**k. Be respectful if you're gonna hate because they're gonna f**king get corner by fans and hell knows that's at their own damn risk.

Did I mention that they rock?
Lateralus is a great song (; Recommend me any songs that you fond cool, okay?
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One of the best bands ever
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F**k yea turn the s**t up. Tool is awsome!! Stop hating on them ppl..!
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nicko252008
All the butthurt people on here about TOOL. SHut ur dumb mouth, Tool is a great band period.
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I love my hippy haze
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We won't give pause til the blood is flowin'
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Single music why u say i hate tool?? One of my favorite bands.. Got me messed up with some1 else!
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People who love tool ����❤ - keep calm and carry on wit dem haters ;)
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HATERS: You have a lot to say... You have a lot of NOTHING TO SAY
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Yas tool! Don't mind haters pls ;)
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Truly one of the greatest group of musicians every put together..wi t h o u t any doubt
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Is this blasphemer still making music? Can they just go to hell already???
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Tool rocks like metalica and LED and Crosby stills and Nash oh yeah and young!!!!:-)
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))_))AR
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nicko252008
Yeah the count on that song is crazy. He is one of the best drummers playing today,
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Did you know that Lateralus is based on the Fibonacci Sequence and so is the ENTIRE album!!!
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<3 <3 <3
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@Your MOM

KINDLY F U C K_ O F F
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tlandry043
@ Your Mom. **** than Stop listening to Tool. It's warping your grammar skills
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Tool is the s**t an always will be.
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Love tool they are the best.
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nicko252008
More people have walked on the moon then there are tool albums... think about that..
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..if u don't like Tool...we can't be friends...
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I've been nonstop listening to them ever since I heard that their new album was coming out this year. Favorite is currently the pot
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I was in Cuba when this came out and was sooo damned worried the album wouldnt be in the store there... IT WAS!! the rest of the deployment was a breeze lol
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Tool covers every emotion. Can't wait for the new album. I wish people would quit being stupid on here and just focus on the music
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YEAH! !!!!
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Tool is and will always be that one band that is the band that represents so many things in my life from a great party where they were played to songs that my greatest love in my life used to sing and dedicate to me, making so many of there songs "" OUR SONGS"" I so much miss that man!!! One day maybe
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Nicko you remind me of a dumb dumb person looking for loads in your mouth... Blaspheme is what gets us through the day.. Like when you lure kids to your van with suckers and bieber and promise them many things... Again not judging do what you gotta do to get butt hurt...
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nicko252008
Im scared....
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austimik
Tlandry has no idea what he's doing
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Every Tool fan remembers blowing their speakers when this came out!
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duanepalmer3
New album could be out by the end of the year. Yeah, this boner wont go down.
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I would die for Maynard..... o k a y maybe not die but I would do some crazy s**t
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This band. From the drums to the lyrics and the phenomenal guitar and bass in between is just amazing! I cannot believe this band escaped my ear drums until a couple months ago!
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