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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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Lateralus tour they sounded so amazing.
Such jerks to me
I'm not weird I'm just commenting you people don't have to be suck
Biggest fanboy band on the planet. They're good though
Best Band on the Planet!!!
I heard Tool (a recording - not live) for the first time playing before a Pink Floyd Planetarium show in late nineties... was so cool... has been a favorite ever since...
Metallica is okay but Tool is okay too. I'm more of a Megadeth guy. I'm not that I'm that much of a fan boy for them anymore.
Good band, but NIN is better.
Well said drummerman19 7 1 . Metallica isn't even on the same page. Metallica lost the rage that made them a good band in the early 80s.
I wuz surprized 2 c them mention'd az well
Still blows my mind that they actually mention Metallica in the same paragraph as Tool! The level of writing, sophisticati o n and musicianship displayed by Tool is only in the imagination of Metallica, not even a comparison of any kind to be drawn between the two bands.
Most mornings I wake with a song trapped in my head. Today, it was yours! AEmina was and always will be a staple in my collection! Thank You
rolling stones and led zeppelin come to mind they will be around for years
I have never felt such as connection with music,energy , w o r d s . Tool to me, is more along the lines of essential for my existence... . . . . I can revisit songs and quite literally,pu s h my realm of though and understand.. . M a y n a r d has articulated higher level attention to our larger purpose and understand of the question.... . . W h y ?....
One of the best songs EVER.
deathbyfira9 3
Knapp_kevin your weird for being here
LOL at this p**sy below me
This is weird don't like them.
Love it. Truly art.so deep
Remarkable musicians producing timeless pieces of music that reach deep, let them in!
Guys i need your help on deciding on which song is best they are all f**king great but in your opionion which do you like better. Reflection. Lateralus. 46 and 2
lonnyemail
The world is full of ignorant, uninformed, unintelligen t people. Chicane you are one.
Greatest s**t ever
Chicane... you sir, or he/she/it..w h a t e v e r you identify as - are a pompous wanktard... Clearly you've no idea what music is and your insanely incorrect, all-assuming opinion (if you can even call it that) is ignorant as fack. That is all.
Maynard is a blasphemous POS. All their garbage sounds the same and is catered to meth heads. Ahura Mazda sounds like some pos foreign car. No wonder why the false deity is dead. Weak!!! @nicko252008 . . . You are a hooker with a penis.
greatest ever! there will never be another band to compare to. the music talent and raw emotion is unmatched!!! ! ! ! truely!!
Christ.
Tool
rogerblocke
The God of the Jews didn't create Man.
He only took credit for it after killing our creator Ahura Mazda .
The God of light and truth and our creator was destroyed by the evil Iam who Iam and his band of gargoyle messengers, soul sucking evil entities...
willheinl
10,000 days kicks a**
One of a Kind !
His voice is so much better than panteras.
nicko252008
Hail SATAN!
TOOL is a genre all of its own!
'A child's rhyme stuck in my head, that said that life is but a dream, I've spent so many years in question, to find I've known this all along.'
-Tool, Third Eye
>_ is a genre all of its own!
'A child's rhyme stuck in my head, that said that life is but a dream, I've spent so many years in question, to find I've known this all along.'
-Tool, Third Eye
TOOL is a genre all of its own!
A child's rhyme stuck in my head, that said that life is but a dream, I've spent so many years in question, to find I've known this all along.
-Tool, Third Eye
| {} {} |_ is a genre all of its own
A child's rhyme stuck in my head, that said that life is but a dream, I've spent so many years in question, to find I've known this all along.
-Tool, Third Eye
all you know about mes what i sold ya dumb f8ck...
nicko252008
Does anybody have an opinion on the best tool album?
bhouston0729
haha nicko. all of em!
nicko252008
Read the lyrics to hooker with a p*nis
NEED MORE OF THEIR ALBUMS!!!
All of them are amazing..
I love tool. I would love to see them in concert hopefuly soon
The thing I like about Tool is that they both present an extremely powerful
aura in their music AND still have a hilarious sense of humor. Anyone seen the Undertow album art? I believe Maynard (the main singer) once said once you take yourself too seriously, the art begins to suffer.
Tool is one of those bands like NO OTHER. Kinda like Pink Floyd in this respect... There isn't a band out there to compare them to... Using mathematics and creating rhythm that's extremely difficult to copy. Maynard is one of a kind and much love and respect to his originality and ability to create beautiful art!
arbwins
Love tool like my mom does seriously -_-
True genius
I get goosebumps at least once in every one of their songs
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