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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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Tool is just phoneminal,a n d they are very versatile. How many bands can play at this level? Not many.i put them right next to pink Floyd.awesom e band!!
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Tool is a gift from among the skies
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you live with phil anselmo, elo
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Louisiana
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Agreed Atheist. Maynard is a genius... Don't know what to say to @theamazingb r o n i e s , must be thinking of another band....
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nick menza was a better drummer than danny
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Woah, haha wow tool is good I agree. People are not stupid, just ignorant of Maynard. And his genius and the band and how they rock, basically all of it. Well maybe they are.
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Tool is good and all his side projects too, anyone who says they stink is just plain stupid. Stupid.
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@theamazingb r o n i e s You couldn't be further from the truth. Unoriginal?! What are you smoking? There is no band like tool, it does not exist. Go continue to listen to smashmouth while you cry in the corner, you poor confused b**tard.
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rip nick menza
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Tool is eh. Their music sounds good, but it's all extremely generic, uninspired and unoriginal.
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fortified138
He matty, you suck. That is all.
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Tool sucks. That is all.
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Tool is my favorite band. They're the greatest metal band and band of all time.
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DIOCANCERFUN D . o r g
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havnt missed a show in california since '93 best band ever
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literally the greatest band ever and that will ever exist
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Kagamine len anyone?
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( ͡ ° ͜ ʖ ͡ ° )
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Here's my impersonatio n of Littleoakes7 4 -- an extremist, exaggerator, and drama queen: Tool is literally the culmination of millions of years of humanity, and the billions of years of life on Earth. We can now all die happily, because nobody will never achieve anything better that Tool. Nobody. Ever!! If The Beatles somehow had a baby with Pink Floyd, that baby would be named Tool. Without Tool, the seas would boil, the skies would turn as black as pitch, and dogs would marry cats. Literally!!!
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Here's my impersonatio n of Littleoakes7 4 -- an extremist, exaggerator, and drama queen: Tool is literally the culmination of the millions of years of humanity, and the billions of years of life on Earth. We can now all die happily, because humanity will never achieve anything better that Tool. Ever! If The Beatles somehow had a baby with Pink Floyd, that baby would be named Tool. Without Tool, the seas would boil, the skies would turn as black as pitch, and dogs would marry cats. Literally!
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To some_phreak: they said Undertow was their 1st FULL LENGTH album. Opiate is a 6 track ep. Not technically an album.
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RIP BILL HICKS, WISH YOU WERE HERE WHEN WE NEED YOU MOST
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Undertow is the 2nd cd not their first. Opiate was first and mostly like Metallica, with a few songs previewing their future style.
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It's a band....
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i like tool
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TOOL isn't a band, it's a way of being.
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One of the best bands in my opinion.. Changed my life with "The Patient" and many others
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Megadeath compared to tool eats a**
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megadeth is better
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Greatest band in my opinion
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anyone else play mk 9 on here ?
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steam tag haohmaru of wind
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beware women on meds and watch the ward
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happynuts23
Recent studies show 60% of women are on medication for some sort of psychologica l disorder do you know what that means ...... 40% of women aren't taking their meds hahahaha
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im voting sanders
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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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