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5 stars And here I am...finally in the presence of one of the best releases of the year, and its not even an album.I can only be talking about the greatest band ever.."Tool". Never before would I had even glanced at the metal sections of the music shops, due to the ever growing presence of fake rock bands.But then on mtv2 one evening I was introduced to a music video by a band called "Tool" and I had to seek them out.After listening to them and absorbing it all in, I then began a lengthy search for the now legendary dvd/cd boxset "Salival" containing every single music video "Tool" had released up to AENIMA.This dvd for "Parabola" represents the culmination of almost 4 years worth of anticipation.My favourite music video to date,and a new rarity to add to my collection from the greatest band alive.Brilliant!!!
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Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars it is essential when you get into a band, i mean obsessed into you get all possible material, including small pieces... which leads me to this single dvd of the song parabola the dvd contains nearly eleven minutes of noise parabol and parabola with the always cool menu that tool and alex grey can only do. {my parents are friends to alex greys' cousins i met him a couple of times} the song is great and the music video even better. if you are getting into tool for the first time you would not get the weirdness but if your a diehard fan you will appreciate this gift for the christmas... oops sorry holiday season.
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Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Ok, I am not reviewing this based on its price, but the quality of the music video within. If you pay for it, realize it is only a 9 minute music video, some commentary, and an ambient remix of the song.

I consider the video to be Adam Jones' best work as a director. It combines live action, stop motion, and cgi, and really shows Adam breaking away from his roots as a good Brother's Quay/Jan Svankmajer copycat, and become very good and original. The stop- motion character is well animated, and trip-hop does an excellent job playing the lead role of a man with tentacles on his head. The CGI scene by Alex Grey is extremely well done and very descriptive of Tool's music. This is all great, thought-provoking surrealist footage.

The song is easily one of Tool's best, polished in every way. Parabol is a sublime combination of percussion, subtle bass and synth, mantric background vocals, and even the sound of frogs. Then there is a moment of silence as Parabola kicks in, a hard-rock psychedelic groove, easily some of Tool's finest work.

I think the song and video are both worthy of the word masterpiece.

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Posted Sunday, June 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars This is a very similar package to the Schism DVD, but the video is longer in length. It contains the intro "Parabol" and the actual song "Parabola" presented along with it's music video on this DVD + booklet in a digipak.

The video is more interesting than "Schism" and probably less disturbing, though it still is.

There's probably a hidden meaning or metaphor that means something, but for most of you, (and including me) it'll just look like pretentious modern art.

Like the Schism DVD, this has dual commentary and an extra version of the song.

The song is more mainstream sounding than Schism, so if you ignore the advice that this is only really for Tool fans who want to collect their extra material, then I'd choose this first over the Schism DVD.

Collectors / Fans only, though.

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Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Review Permalink
1 stars Not a good release from tool. It's not even for tool fans.

This release consists of: 1) A video of parabol/parabola (two amazing songs from their masterpiece "Lateralus") which is really good. Adam Jones and Alex Gray did a fine work here. 2) A remix of the song which is around 11 minutes and its pointless really 3) A booklet which has screenshots from the video, Alex Gray's drawing's (first ideas for the video) and a few photos which show what happened "behind the scenes" during the video. Interesting, but nothing special about it.

Poor, surely not worth the money.... Only for completionists.

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Posted Saturday, September 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
Conor Fynes
2 stars 'Parabola' - Tool (Single)

'Lateralus' had a few really great songs on it, such as 'The Patient' and 'Schism.' There were also songs, like this that I could never get into. It's decent hard rock, but it doesn't have that sense of creativity and innovation that a band like Tool should be doing. The video, on the other hand is one of the strangest videos I've ever seen, and even scary at times.

'Parabola' isn't terrible, but it doesn't give me that feeling of 'never having heard something like this before' that I've felt a suprising number of times from this band. The things I love about Tool are always the sonic nuances and clarity the music brings, but 'Parabola' doesn't really work out too be too much more to me than a hard rock song accompanied with an overdose of guitar sludge.

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Posted Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Review Permalink

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