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TOOL formed in 1990 with Maynard James KEENAN (vocals), Adam JONES (guitar), Paul D'AMOUR (bass) and Danny CAREY (drums). The band is well known for their disturbing lyrics, creative groundbreaking musicianship and imaginative music videos.

Singer Maynard James KEENAN has collaborated with bands such as NINE INCH NAILS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and provides vocals for A PERFECT CIRCLE. The singer is well known for having a supernatural ability to hold long notes with his voice. Adam JONES is a very skilled guitarist who also creates the band's videos and artwork. He was also chosen to be on the effects team for the movie "Terminator 2". The band often spend quite a few years writing and recording their albums in order to make them perfect and there is often a gap of 5 years between each studio album.

The band's first full length album is 1993's "Undertow", which played an important role of sculpturing and pioneering the prog metal scene that exists today. TOOL mastered the lengthy song structures, guitar effects, unique riffs and solo's backed up by KEENAN's amazing voice that can stretch long notes. Three years later the follow up "Aenima" was released, a masterpiece which received excellent reviews and was a clear step up from the previous album. This includes a mixture of anger fueled songs and emotional, tortured songs. The album also settled for a more progressive sound and contained many lengthy pieces.

2001 saw the band's masterpiece, "Lateralus". It was almost impossible to better the last album but they pulled it off. This lengthy album showed off the band's lyrical and musical skills to the maximum. One of the best prog rock albums I've ever heard. The album was succeeded by another five year hiatus where the band members worked on their side projects.

2006 finally saw the band's eagerly awaited new album "10,000 Days" which was initially met with praise from both the fans and critics, making it their second album to top the Billboard 200. Over time, the album began to lose some of its initial praise due to the material's less ambitious content when compared to "Lateralus".

The band is currently on another hiatus where KEENAN is mainly occupied with his latest side project PUSCIFER while JONES and CAREY have began to do the ground work for the band's fifth album. There are not many bands that mimic the unique sound of TOOL, but fans o...
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3.10 | 377 ratings
Undertow
1993
4.07 | 631 ratings
Ănima
1996
4.23 | 998 ratings
Lateralus
2001
3.82 | 660 ratings
10,000 Days
2006

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3.59 | 84 ratings
Salival
2000

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2.74 | 158 ratings
Opiate (EP)
1992
3.84 | 23 ratings
Prison Sex
1993
4.41 | 29 ratings
Sober
1993
3.74 | 27 ratings
Stinkfist
1996
3.82 | 26 ratings
Ănema
1996
3.94 | 26 ratings
Forty Six & 2
1997
3.52 | 45 ratings
Parabola
2005
3.82 | 47 ratings
Schism
2005
3.72 | 41 ratings
Vicarious
2007

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 10,000 Days by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.82 | 660 ratings

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10,000 Days
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by infinityisgone

5 stars I can not write a really long review for this 10,000 Days album or any other. But I can say that this is my favorite TOOL album, I love it and I have listened to it at least 10,000 times or more. This is Tool's most Progressive Rock/Metal album to date. Rosetta Stoned is my favorite track from this album closely followed by The Pot, Vicarious, and Right in Two. And like every other TOOL fan around the world, I can not wait to see what TOOL has in store for their next album. I hope they keep moving forward and pushing the boundaries.

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 Lateralus by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.23 | 998 ratings

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Lateralus
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Glimmung

1 stars STAGNANT! For most of you on here writing reviews for TOOL albums I can only assume you've all heard Aenima. I once back in the late 90s's was a huge Tool fan and could'nt praise them enough for this new sound that they brought into my life starting with undertow and evolving into Aenima. So you would think that after some 5 years that the band would have had plenty of time to evolve even further for their next release. They did not. Tool took to recreating Aenima pretty much for the rest of their career so far. In my opinion not only is that a slap in the face to fans but also down right lazy songwriting. For a band to break so much ground for a few albums and then to come to a complete stand still is an obvious sign that TOOL is afraid to grow any further in fear that they might lose that fan base and all important pay check. Is there any integrity in that? TOOl became horribly predictable ( In several spots on any post Aenima TOOL album you have DANNY CAREY subdividing the beat to end a song and ADAM JONES dragging his pick up and down some strings with a light delay on it). In the end it's a sad day when a band that is regarded as progressive stands still and refuses to move their sound forward in any real way. If you are new to TOOL check out Aenima and Undertow you really don't have to go any further in their discography because everything they do as a band is done on those 2 albums in a genuine way.

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 Ănima by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.07 | 631 ratings

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Ănima
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by jammun
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5 stars Relax. I feel something. Something deep inside.

I feel Tool's absolute high point. I feel a crystal CD case that no longer holds together, all the nubbins holding it together having shattered. Dig the Cracker Jack cover. Someone's ripped it apart, or maybe it just hit the floor one too many times during...

Get with the dynamics, the percussion, the beat, the ever-present incessant wandering beat and the bottom end. Get with the sonic explosions, Crank it up you [%*!#]ing ass, crank it up on the headphones...your hearing is shot anyway. Get wit the rhythm of of Eulogy.

We've got through Stinkfist and Eulogy and it's already pert much one of the best albums you'll ever hear. Listen how they dial it up and dial it down. Listen how Maynard can slither through dangerous savannah grasses like a snake on H.

The band is a rhythm machine. It's the rhythmic soundtrack of SoCal ending up somewhere around Catalina, near the Nixon Library, post-Aenima.

This band never disappoints. Never. Not on this one. I listen to this; I feel like some kind of voyeur. I'm there when it all happens. I'm there when it sounds like Blue Cheer. I'm there when it sounds like ZZ Top. I'm there when the pulse starts. I'm there when it sounds like we're all falling off the edge, towards that shining city on the hill just in sight.

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 Lateralus by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.23 | 998 ratings

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Lateralus
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by thebig_E

4 stars 4.5 stars. The best Tool album. Tightly constructed and with great production. Songs like "The Grudge" and "Parabola" are among the best the band has created. Since I don't actually have a lot to talk about, I'll comment on each track.

1. The Grudge - Best opening track to a Tool album. Featuring a long scream by Maynard, it is always exciting to listen to. *****

2. Eon Blue Apocalypse - A brief guitar interlude leading into the next song. ***

3. The Patient - Very human sounding lyrics and a good intro. ****

4. Mantra - Short noise experiment. Nothing more. *

5. Schism - The song from the album that gets the most radio airplay. Some complex rhythms and great drumming. ****

6. Parabol - Slow introduction to the next song. Very relaxing. ****

7. Parabola - Immediately starts with a great guitar lead and continues to progress. *****

8. Ticks & Leeches - A bit longer than it needs to be, but still a good track. ****

9. Lateralus - An interesting song that uses the Fibonacci Sequence in its verses and comes to a grand conclusion. One of the standout tracks of the album. *****

10. Disposition - Another interlude but this time with bongos. ***

11. Reflection - The epic of the entire album. *****

12. Triad - Good instrumental that could have been the ending to the album. ****

13. Faaip De Oaid - Creepy ending that features a panicked caller talking about possible alien invasions behind a loud drum track. Not the best ending. **

If you only buy one Tool album, make it this one.

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 10,000 Days by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.82 | 660 ratings

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10,000 Days
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars The only psychodramatic occult concept album to include a repeated refrain about [&*!#]ting the bed, Tool's 10,000 Days finds the band travelling further down the increasingly progressive trajectory suggested by Aenima and especially Lateralus. The evolution in the band's sound is a bit more gentle than the quantum leap between Undertow and Aenima, or even the jump from Aenima to Lateralus, but the album should be pleasing to anyone who's fond of Tool's progressive direction - though if you were more intrigued by the alternative metal style of Undertow (or the alternative-progressive fusion of Aenima) you're not going to see a return to that here.

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 Vicarious by TOOL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.72 | 41 ratings

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Vicarious
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Earendil

4 stars Many descriptions and reviews on the internet are misleading about the content of this Vicarious DVD, and for that reason I didn't purchase it until recently. What a mistake to wait! This DVD is essential for any Tool fan and an excellent find for any prog fan who likes the surreal, psychedelic, and strange. Also, the material on the DVD is much more substantial than the Parabol(a) and Schism ones (which were basically just the music videos). The main feature of the DVD is the Vicarious short film, which is Tool's first completely CGI video. Adam Jones and Alex Grey are the two main artists behind the video, and it's a really cool experience to see their ideas merge. Anyway here are the full DVD contents:

1. Vicarious music video (9 minutes)

2. 2 overdubs of the music video with actor/comedian David Cross making hilarious commentary (18 minutes)

3. Vicarious documentary (40 minutes)

4. Footage of the storyboards from Alex Grey and Adam Jones (1 minute)

5. Footage of Alex's art gallery COSM and him talking about it (4 minutes)

Rating: 8/10

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 Lateralus by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.23 | 998 ratings

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Lateralus
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

1 stars This low rating gives a glimpse of what a bad record I think this is. But everything wasn't bad. I will begin with telling you what was nice and then start the indictment. "Lateralus" is the American Experimental/post metal band's third record and it was released in 2001. It has a total lenght of 76:15 minutes and features Maynard James Keenan(vocals), Adam Jones(guitars), Justin Chancellor(bass) and Danny Carey(drums). Somebody suggested Tool music when I told him I was into prog rock and open minded as I am this was an excellent occation to try something new.

Firstly the cover is an amazing piece of art and secondly there was two minutes of wonderful silence in the end of the track "Triad". Tool also uses very skillfull drums and in the song "Reflection" i heard oriental influences, perhaps instruments. Sometimes the overall feeling of the sound is appreciating(when I can't hear the voice). The best song is "Disposition" that was mild and also melodic.

But this listening was real pain for me. This music i very too long lasting and it is depressing all the time. This is not the most heavy music I have heard(and I like som really heavy stuff) but this was so psychotic I don't want to hear it again. The music is slow and very boring. Where is the intended melodies? I'm not sure I can hear any! Well the instrumentation is very good, well performed and I won't disagree this is progressive. The musicians are very clever in their stuff but I am not the man to handle it. Without vocals this record could have gained two stars from me because of it's sometimes cleverness but I found the vocals horrible. There are extremely atrocious and whining. This also reminds me of other very bad sounding music such as alternative rock and grunge etc. I wouldn't recommend you this album.

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 Salival by TOOL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.59 | 84 ratings

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Salival
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by bonestorm

4 stars "Salival" is a relatively expensive boxset released a year before "Lateralus" that provided some nourishment for starving Tool fans who had already waited four years to hear something new since the release of "Aenima". I would recommend it only to hardcore fans willing to spare the cash. Even so it is a good package.

Instead of releasing a standard live album, Tool have packed in a few surprises along the way. "Third Eye" and "Part of Me" are reasonably close to the versions performed on the albums. "Pu[&*!#]" takes thing in a totally different direction. It's a stripped back version and puts an entirely new emphasis on the song, which is refreshing to see. "You Lied" is a cover song that's not available on any other Tool release.

"No Quarter" is the highlight on this album by a long way. It's the reason I rushed out to buy the album upon release. Recorded during the Aenima sessions, this cover of the Led Zep classic is a gem. Tool expand upon the original and give it a taste of their own signature style. The result is an 11 minute epic that shows the way a cover should be done - not just by playing the same song with more contemporary guitar distortion or some other superficial change, but by actually writing some new material that complements and enhances the original.

The album closes out with a couple of 'jokey' tracks, with "Maynard's Dick" in particular a track worth more than one listen.

There is also a DVD included with several of Tool's early film clips, and a glossy hardcover booklet with photos and artwork as well. Both of these fall under the category of collector's items.

For serious Tool fans, this is a 4 Star package and one you'll want to own. For others? 3 Stars, grab it from a bargain bin for "No Quarter" if nothing else.

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 Undertow by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.10 | 377 ratings

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Undertow
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by bonestorm

5 stars Tool's "Undertow" is the album that I've listened to more times than anything else. In fact, I probably spun this thing up every day for close to three years after I first heard it circa 1993. But it wasn't an immediate love affair.

There are albums that you hear once, and which you instantly fall in love with. For me, "Undertow" was not one of these. It was a creeper. I had it copied to tape and listened to it in my car on regular rotation, and it didn't strike me as being better or worse than the other things I was listening to, such as Primus or RATM. It was only after several months that I realised other artists would come and go every few weeks - but "Undertow" kept finding its way back into the tape deck, and still sounded great. Moreso, it was actually getting better with every listen.

I bought the CD and it included a special edition live disc as an extra bonus. Many more months went by and it was still the album I craved most. Strange things began happening that I hadn't experienced before. Every month I'd have a new favourite song on the album. First Intolerance. Then 4 Degrees. After about a year of listening it became Flood, a song that was probably their first foray into something proggy.

At that point I realised that, in a very unassuming and gradual way, Tool had become my favourite band. They still are today.

I'm not sure exactly what it is about this album that resonated with me to such a great extent. Most likely, it was an album that was in the right place at the right time. I was a kid still trying to find his place in the world, and many of the themes on the album revolving around anger and frustration certainly spoke to me. They had a cathartic effect and helped me through tough times. Undertow became a convenient pressure valve for me to turn on whenever I felt the need.

The film clips went hand in hand with the music and enhanced the experience further. I remember showing some friends the "Sober" clip and how they recoiled at the odd creatures and themes on display. And how I tried to explain my viewpoint: "Don't you see this guy has been lost and alone for so long, searching and finding nothing, and then when he finally does find something he's incapable of understanding what it means; it's just this ugly, strange creature to him because he has no frame of reference." Suffice to say they didn't share my wonderment at this particular piece of art.

While not really prog, "Undertow" is still an incredible rock/metal album. It's the early beginnings of a band just stretching its muscles, with even greater things in its future.

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 10,000 Days by TOOL album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.82 | 660 ratings

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10,000 Days
Tool Experimental/Post Metal

Review by bonestorm

3 stars Tool returned in 2006 with an album that has a few shining moments, but which ultimately falls short of their earlier works. That's not to say it's a bad album by any means, but given the pedigree of albums such as Aenima and Lateralus, for me it is somewhat of a disappointment.

The first half of the album is very strong. Jambi in particular is a standout. Very much influenced by touring buddies Meshuggah, it features some of Adam Jones' most complex guitar work. The polyrhythms of guitar, bass and percussion intertwine wonderfully and help to keep things interesting for the duration.

The centrepiece of the album is Wings For Marie Pt 1 and Pt 2. Clocking in at over 17 minutes, it's a moody, regretful and cathartic journey. In the earlier "A Perfect Circle" track "Judith", frontman Keenan delivers a scalding, contemptuous appraisal of his mother's religious beliefs in the face of her physical disabilities with lines such as "F$#k your God, he did this, Took what you had and left you this way." Now after her passing, he gives the strong impression that he wishes he could take those words back, praising her patience and her unshakable faith and likening her to an angel. "It's time now, Give me my wings." It's a deep and intimate window into Keenan's soul and thus one of Tool's most powerful moments on any album. Add to this the unbelievable bass playing of Justin Chancellor and it makes for a killer track.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot to like after this. "The Pot" is a great upbeat rock track, just the tonic to follow on from "Wings" and to lift the listener out of that dark and sorrowful moment. But then? The second half of the album is dominated by segues and ambience and all in all seems bereft of ideas. "Rosetta Stoned" is silly and a bit of fun but doesn't provide any lasting appeal. "Intension" sounds like the formative stages of a good song, but doesn't go anywhere. "Right In Two" provides the only substance in the last 40 minutes of the album, but as a song is only average.

This could have been a good, engaging 50 minute album. As it stands, it seems Tool were intent on maintaining the 70 minute plus standard of previous works, but just simply did not have the inspiration to fill it with anything meaningful. The resulting meanderings detract from the album as a whole.

As an addendum I would like to praise the CD packaging, which is very inventive and unique, complete with stereoscopic glasses built into the front cover. It's a great incentive for fans to go out and buy the product rather than just downloading it.

A solid 7/10 but I'll round it down to 3 stars.

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