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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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cass_04_02
ÆNIMA is one of my favourite albums of all time. Maynard has one of the best voices in music.
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Tool is like teenage girl music. 1. They both suck 2. They're blasphemous 3. They're overrated by a whole lot.
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My step son's name is Michael Longoria
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If I ever have a son, Maynard will be in his name. LOVE LOVE LOVE TOOL
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Pandora finally added disgustipate d ! I'm listening to it right now
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mfauske44
if they would release their songs on iTunes life would be good
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cailynsuncle i s
It just simply doesn't get any better. All these years and it is still holds up. Intense, and passionate. BUT WE NEED A NEW ALBUM DAMN IT!!
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F*ckn deep a*s song ...
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Don't you f**king lie!
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That one tool video...stil l the best man
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It takes you someplace else even now in 2015. Rudedog
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My sister in law has seen them live more than 3 times makes me happy and sad
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Such determined instrumental i s t s and such a calming voice can do wonders
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Well said Whitney! Tool is a very unique band, more like a project of dark art. one day when you're bored listen to a full album of Tool with head phones. You will be transported to somewhere else...where ? It's up to you.
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Hooker With a penis... Why?
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This has been the band that had there music make me stop and think about things. It's not something fun and flimsy to listen to but you have to embrace what their saying and what they are trying to describe. If you don't, then your not truly listening to what they have to say like you should for every band or song you listen to, and with this in mind tool is definitely a part of the dark side of music, and they also crest masterpieces of music if you look through not only the lyrics but at the i
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rollineyes20 1 5
There's no love in fearrrr!!
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Well the release of a lot of puscifer tour dates and a new puscifer song would leave one to believe tool is not touring this year. And we'd be lucky to hear new music Monster mash. Here I come.....
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ha ha, stupid
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Did you know hooker with a penis was about me :) <3
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* has some tea instead *
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*cooks popcorn on a giant frying pan on everyone* flaaaaame waaars
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Let's Beyblade. Let er rip.
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P**sy fur...
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Official.mor o n I went to your profile and lit you up assfuckclown
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Try listening to o'keefe music foundations "undertow" and "forty six and two". Great like the originals.
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Freaking awesome band!!!!
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nicko252008
Hooker with PEEENIS!! kinda like nusac's mom
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germany throws rocks at nickelback
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Tool is a poor mans version of Nickleback. Can these blasphemer's go to hell already?
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good news...narut o is dead
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I love tool I love Maynard can't wait to see them monster mash
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this music has so much more feeling than any other bands today or in the past. I love tool.
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Personally i love opiate favorite lp/album. So perfect without perfection.
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Tool opens the mind and touches you in so many ways. Add some psychedelics and it's a complete life changer. They're more than just lyrics, they're a message. Wether you choose to hear that message is on you. Crucify the ego, give away the stone, live in the now and love.
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whiteysback5 5 1
very sick band...
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blasting tool in ada county jail
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❤️❤️❤️
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King Crimson is definitely a major influence on Tool. Volto -1 of their side projects is Danny C.,J.Ziegler and Lance Morrison! Adam Jones did the artwork! Big influence.. I love Janes too but they're more in that genre than an influence! Perry definitely helped Tool get noticed w/his baby Lalapalooza. . It's like my trees.. All good
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Fucken bad a**!
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Don Vanover-I just heard prison sex with lyrics boldly displayed
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Greatest band EVER!!!!
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Yes it's a good band
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@muttsnutts2 9

I personally love Jane's Addiction, sooooooooo yeah. I understand what you're saying about King Crimson, but for real Jane's Addiction is great, and there are many similarities between them and Tool.
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That bio blows. Jane's Addiction should not be brought up ever. King Crimson as an influence definitely.
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i cant wait to see them live this year at Monster Mash!
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If you dont have TOOL's Undertow album your music collection is incomplete.. .
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Tool is definitely one of my favorites ❤️
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They still don't play prison sex??? One of their best. And they pick and choose which songs to add lyrics to when it comes to TOOL
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