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5 stars What can I say..a beautiful piece of modern art and the greatest prog-metal band anywhere in the world.This type of elaborate but mystifying attitude to their own sound, as well as their music videos also makes them one of the most individual bands ever.In fact, even trying to fit them into a definative genre can be as beautifully complex as any of their songs.Forget self-righteous bands such as "Dream Theatre" and instead just take the time to watch, listen and breath the music of tool. A perfect video only bettered in surrealness by the other dvd single "Parabola", and part of the buildup to their next album.All I can say is buy and enjoy,and then seek out the rare "Salival".
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Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars Ok, same thing I said about the Parabola DVD, I'm not reviewing this on the amount of material. All thats on this DVD is a 7 minute music video, some commentary, and an ambient remix.

The video is very well done, but not the meticulous piece of work that Parabola is. The actors are two contortionists who hung from bungee cords during their live shows, but the name of the group escapes me at the moment. They are also briefly seen in the movie "Men in Black II" doing the same type of strange head-bobbing as in this video. Most of the video is them, performing weird antics around the very nice set, complimented by the beautiful lighting. Towards the end there are some well done surrealist bits and a rhythmically moving cgi fire which I feel is a little out of place.

The song is great, the most popular (although my least favorite) from the Lateralus album, and the one that one them a Grammy for Best Metal Performance (as if that means anything to anyone on this site).

Overall its a good package, but not of equal quality to the Parabola DVD.

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Posted Sunday, June 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars Basically this is just a small package which includes a DVD and a thin little booklet. Within the DVD is the music video for Tool's "Schism", one of the best songs from the album "Lateralus". It's a strange song performed in a very odd time signature, and the video is even stranger.

Two strange humanoid like beings are seen acting in a very basic and unevolved fashion and moving in slow-motion, in a very disturbing way. The effects and makeup used is astounding, and fits in well with the song.

The DVD doesn't have many extras. It has an ambient style remix of the song and dual commentary, which is strange as it's two people talking through each speaker. A bit mind- boggling.

I'd only really reccomend this to fans of Tool, and if you're going to try the band, I'd first try "Lateralus" or "10,000 Days", as these are full albums and give you more for your money.

This and the Parabola DVD are pretty cool collectors items for those who enjoyed "Lateralus", and are presented in a nice digipak with some artwork, so if you liked that album, then, by all means, get this and have fun watching the material.

The only reason why I'd give this 2 stars is because I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who isn't a fan of Tool, and it's really only meant for people who have the albums and want to expand their collection. If you're one of those then it's probably going to be worth your money.

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Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Review Permalink
1 stars Same as the Parabol Dvd.

It consists of 1) A video of the song schism (from their masterpiece "Lateralus") which is disturbing while at the same time interesting. I really like this video and I think it refers to the bible at times. 2) A remix of the same song which as in the Parabol Dvd I find pointless since what makes the album Lateralus a masterpiece is the album as a whole and not the tracks alone (even though they are all amazing) 3) A video comentary with two people speaking at the same time. I don't know if there is a secret message or something and I'm not really interested in finding out and 4) A booklet with a few photos and screanshots.

I just dont get it how a band that from their first release (Undertow not counting the ep "opiate") doesnt have filler songs (in my opinion) in their cds and a band that waits five years until they release the next album can release two so pointless Dvd's. What should be done instead in my opinion is release a live perfoemance.

Anyway, interesting video from an amazing song but not really worth the money. Not even from tool fans. Only for completionists!

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

Forty-eight time signature changes. From that parameter alone, it would be hard to write a cohesive and successful song. But here it is; Tool's glorious opus and masterpiece-song.

This song has complexity, beauty and rage. I would not call myself a fervent Tool fan but this is a song that really resonates with me.

The video (as always for Tool) is very good. It's not like your typical video where the camera focuses on the singer strutting around. The video is almost like a cartoon; very cryptic and seemingly drug-induced. Strange.

I'm not the biggest fan of Lateralus, but it was worth the purchase if only for this song.

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Posted Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Review Permalink

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