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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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Funny Sam... 490 will get you higher than that....
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sanders won in indiana. the kkk hates jewish trump.
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SOBER / that's what I say to muh self when night is almost over & feel as if I'm about to pas out , funny thing is, next day I'm like, great, when is this happening again , no wait , that's what I used to say
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Sober. Great song. Stinkfist, Vicarious also.
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Grizzly bears and tool with a little superman
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@ Indiana490 or I think I'll just call u 490 so what is God right about? This outta be hilarious.
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Seen Tool at Oz fest I think it was 2006 one of top 3 bands that played Disturb and System and Tool.
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@Indiana70 times7 are sure you didn't mean times6 because I know what 420 is but what's 490? Just saying.
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No they never broke up and never will, literally tool is that knot that holds all music together and without that knot music will be destroyed unless pantera had a reunion with zack but that will never happen because of vinnie which I respect him for, but as I was saying tool will never severe these music bonds
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Original band members?
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tools coming out with a new album? i thought they broke up.
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God is Love....
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Just the fact that there is so much hate proves God is right...
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clinton won new york
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Grow up Matty. God is dead
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everybody report matty. hes almost dead.
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Is there a volume lower than mute for this garbage? Blaspheming prick.
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Amazingly
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Been with tool since 1992 tool kicks people's asses
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I can't wait for their new album. Had a chance to see them play Descending live in New Orleans this past February. My favorite band of all time.
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Sober is the best f**kin song evarr
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I'd have to say probably the best band out in the last 20 years
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I blew the load of jesus info marys jole
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Greatest power band last 25 years
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jesus mom wasnt a muslim
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"Believe what you want. Whatever makes the day easier." - Isaac Brock
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Slatham51 It doesn't have to be that way...One day every knee will bow and every yongues confess that Jesus is Lord... That could be an amazing day for you or a very very bad day my friend...
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I see this haohmaru f*g everywhere
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I miss Bill Hicks
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Brilliant !! One of the greatest bands of all time .
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Eulogy guys eulogy or 46 & 2 or right in 2 hell everything Maynard sings is good!
"Get off your f**kin cross!"
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undertow
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velvet sky joins wwe
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Tool songes
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Ohhhh you already know
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Dang right pretty!
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Yeah they're alright. Alright being one of the best bands ever. If they would just release an album more than one every seven years or so....
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jessica jones won a peabody award
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stink fist
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Maynard is one of my top ten best vocalists ever!!!! I'm sooo in love with this band!!!
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sober
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Top 3 album, of all time and overall, I believe the greatest band of all time. And I was a diehard, diehard, diehard
PANTERA fan, now they're 2nd
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Holy f**kin s**t!,
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hi
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H!!!!!!!!
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Com'on everybody knows what that really means....
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My third eye?
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Don't you step out of line!!
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haohmaru of the wind
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h I don't know you can you tell me who you are
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