Tool was described by Patrick Donovan of The Age as "the thinking person's metal band. They have covered songs by Led Zeppelin, Ted Nugent, Peach, Kyuss, the Dead Kennedys, and the Ramones. The "double vinyl four-picture disc" edition of Lateralus was first released as a limited autographed edition exclusively available to fan club members and publicly released on August 23, 2005. Both Paul D'Amour and Adam Jones wanted to enter the film industry, while Maynard James Keenan, who had studied visual arts in Michigan, worked as a pet store remodeler. In an interview, Fripp touched on how the two bands relate to each other, stating "Do you hear the influence?
 Tool's lineup was completed when a friend of Jones introduced them to bassist D'Amour.  Billboard voted it "Best Video by a New Artist".. " The big screens are used to play back "looped clips that aren't tracked to a song like a music video. The number of syllables per line in the lyrics to "Lateralus" correspond to an arrangement of the Fibonacci numbers and the song "Jambi" uses and makes a reference to the common metrical foot iamb.  Keenan often faces the backdrop or the sides of the stage rather than the audience. There's just one figure where I hear an influence, just one.  In 1997, Maynard James Keenan named Hejira by Joni Mitchell, Holy Money/Greed by Swans, Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, Red by King Crimson, and Passion by Peter Gabriel as his five favorite records. , The following year, at a time when alternative rock and grunge were at their height, Tool released their first full-length album, Undertow (1993). , The album opener, "Vicarious", premiered on U.S. radio stations on April 17, 2006.  In 1998, Tool joined the Ozzfest tour in the United States as the co-headliner act before Ozzy Osbourne.  A month later, the band revealed that the new album was actually titled Lateralus; the name Systema Encphale and the track list had been a ruse. , Writers HP Newquist and Rich Maloof attribute to Tool an influence on modern metal in their book The New Metal Masters.
They have been joined on stage by numerous artists such as Buzz Osborne and Scott Reeder on several occasions; Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha during their 1991 tour; Layne Staley in Hawaii, 1993; Tricky, Robert Fripp, Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Brann Dailor of Mastodon, and experimental arts duo Osseus Labyrint during their 200102 Lateralus tour; and Kirk Hammett, Phil Campbell, Serj Tankian, and Tom Morello during their 200607 tour. A component of Tool's song repertoire relies on the use of unusual time signatures. It was shortened by radio programmers, MTV (U.S.) renamed the music video of "Stinkfist" to "Track No. , Beyond this aspect of the band's sound, each band member experiments within his wide musical scope.  In the same way, Jones stated that Robert Fripp's performances with King Crimson caused him to "wake up" to music as a teen.  Rolling Stone described this imagery as "evil little men dwell in a dark dungeon with meat coursing through pipes in the wall" and called it a "groundbreaking", "epic" clip.  Carey underwent surgery on February 21 and several performances had to be postponed.  He said that he hoped the album would be finished before the end of 2015 but emphasized that the band would not rush their work to meet an arbitrary deadline. The VHS and the DVD each contained four music videos, plus a bonus music video for "Hush" on the DVD.  In February 2018, Jones revealed that Keenan was working on lyrics for the album, and that the band would begin recording in March.
, Completing the band's rhythm section, drummer Carey uses polyrhythms, tabla-style techniques, and the incorporation of custom electronic drum pads to trigger samples, such as prerecorded tabla and octoban sounds. " Although the end of the tour in November 2002 seemed to signal the start of another hiatus for the band, they did not become completely inactive. In December 1998 Tool agreed to a new contract, a three-record joint venture deal.  Carey began playing in their sessions because he "felt kinda sorry for them," as other invited musicians were not showing up.  In January 2019, Keenan announced that he had completed recording his vocals for the album "months ago.  The single "Sober" became a hit single by March 1994 and won the band Billboard's "Best Video by a New Artist" award for the accompanying stop motion music video. The video was created primarily by guitarist Adam Jones, who saw it as his "surrealistic interpretation" of the subject matter. It's a wrench. Tool's own DANNY CAREY has been selected as a nominee in the 2022 Modern Drummer Readers Poll in the category of PROGRESSIVE ROCK for his incredible & inspiring contributions to the world of drumming. The link to vote is: moderndrummer.com/rp through midnight EST on July 31, 2022.
, On January 26, 2020 the band won the Best Metal Performance for their song "7empest" at the 62nd Grammy Awards Their other nomination, the song "Fear Inoculum" lost the Best Rock Song category to Gary Clark Jr., In June 2020, the band announced that it will cancel its upcoming 2020 North American tour entirely, after initially postponing a handful of dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. , Keenan's ability as a vocalist has been characterized more subjectively by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: After his performance during an Alice in Chains reunion concert in 2005, freelancer Travis Hay saw him as "a natural fit at replacing Layne Staley". Lyrical arrangements are often given special attention, such as in "Lateralus". The video featured the band members naked with their genitalia covered by Parental Advisory stickers and their mouths covered by duct tape.  The band enlisted the help of producer David Bottrill, who had produced some of King Crimson's albums, while Jones collaborated with Cam de Leon to create nimas Grammy-nominated artwork. Tool was scheduled to play at the Garden Pavilion in Hollywood but learned at the last minute that the venue belonged to the Church of Scientology, which was perceived as a clash with "the band's ethics about how a person should not follow a belief system that constricts their development as a human being.  The lyrics on nima and Lateralus focus on philosophy and spiritualityspecific subjects range from organized religion in "Opiate", to evolution and Jungian psychology in "Forty-Six & 2" and transcendence in "Lateralus". During the 1980s, each of the future members of Tool moved to Los Angeles. Jones created packaging for 10,000 Days that features a pair of stereoscopic lenses for viewing 3-D artwork and photos. They emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow (1993), and became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their follow-up album nima in 1996.  The CD packaging for Fear Inoculum included a rechargeable 4 inch HD video screen and a speaker which played a hidden track along with a video when opened and also included a 36-page booklet. Carey happened to live above Keenan and was introduced to Jones by Tom Morello, an old high school friend of Jones and former member of Electric Sheep. ", On September 11, 2018, Keenan announced via Twitter that production on the record was progressing and that vocals had been written, before suggesting a 2019 release. The band has released eight music videos but made personal appearances in only the first two, which the band states is to prevent people from "latching onto the personalities involved rather than listening to the music.  Keenan and Carey line up in the back on elevated platforms, while Jones and Chancellor stand in the front, toward the sides of the stage.  They started jamming together while searching for a drummer and a bass player. , In 1997, Tool named King Crimson, Melvins, and Peter Gabriel's Passion as common influences on its development. While Keenan recorded and toured with A Perfect Circle, the other band members released an interview and a recording of new material, both exclusive to the fan club.
 Carey mentioned in the same month that the band has been working on new material for their sixth studio album: "I'm sure it won't take us this long for the next one.  The rumor was proven false when a leaked copy of the album was distributed via filesharing networks a week prior to its official release.  As an example of this, the magazine mentioned the use of a wah effect by hammering "the notes with the left hand and using the bass's tone controls to get a tone sweep", such as on the song "The Patient", from Lateralus. " Keenan "spent most of the show baa-ing like a sheep at the audience. , The album became a worldwide success, reaching No.1 on the U.S. Tickets for the next round of North American Puscifer dates are on-sale tomorrow (Friday, July 15) at 10 am local time. , The first single, "Stinkfist", garnered limited airplay. " Joshua Klein of The A.V.  Some of the material created by Zar has been released on his DVD Disturb the Normal. Register to view exclusive content, get first dibs of tickets, and more. , In January 2001, Tool announced a new album, Systema Encphale, along with a 12-song track list containing titles such as "Riverchrist", "Numbereft", "Encephatalis", "Musick", and "Coeliacus". Ticketing links: https://bnds.us/6qsj7t. Volcano Entertainmentthe successor of Tool's by-then defunct label Zoo Entertainmentalleged contract violations by Tool and filed a lawsuit. Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and very long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and art rock. Part of Tool's work as a band is to incorporate influences of other works of art in their music videos, live shows, and album packaging. Back on tour by April, Tool appeared on June 15 as a headliner at the Bonnaroo Music Festival with a guest appearance from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on "Lateralus".  and Terrorizer.  On 10,000 Days, Keenan wanted to explore issues more personal to him: the album name and title track refer to the twenty-seven years during which his mother suffered from complications of a stroke until her death in 2003.  While some contemporary journalists praised the video and described the lyrics as "metaphoric", the American branch of MuchMusic (which asked Keenan to represent the band in a hearing) deemed the music video too graphic and obscene, and MTV stopped airing it after a few showings. Their fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum, was released on August 30, 2019, to widespread critical acclaim.  Further examples include the album's title track, which also displays shifting rhythms, as do 10,000 Days: "Wings for Marie (Pt 1)" and "10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)". The prolonged running times of most of Lateralus' thirteen tracks are misleading; the entire album rolls and stomps with suitelike purpose. " Contrary to these statements, longtime King Crimson member Robert Fripp has downplayed any influence his band had on Tool. , According to Guitar Player magazine, Jones does not rely on any one particular guitar-playing technique but rather combines many techniques.  Justin Chancellor, a member of former tourmates Peach, eventually replaced D'Amour during the recording of the album, having been chosen over competitors such as Kyuss's Scott Reeder, Filter's Frank Cavanaugh, Pigmy Love Circus's E. Shepherd Stevenson, Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery and ZAUM's Marco Fox. " Tool has gained critical praise from the International Herald Tribune's C.B. I agree to receive updates and marketing via email.  On July 15, 2014, Carey and Jones informed Rolling Stone that family commitments and an ongoing lawsuit are the key reasons for the delayed fifth album. The band's 2009 summer tour began on July 18 in Commerce City, Colorado, at the Mile High Music Festival.  He jokingly asked the audience of 10,000 people to stand still and help him look for a lost contact lens. Hicks had become a friend of the band members and an influence on them after being mentioned in Undertow's liner notes. Described by the band as "slam and bang" heavy music and the "hardest sounding" six songs they had written to that point, the EP included the singles "Hush" and "Opiate". Although Salival did not yield any singles, the hidden track "Maynard's Dick" (which dates back to the Opiate era) briefly found its way to FM radio when several DJs chose to play it on air under the title "Maynard's Dead".  Lateralus and the corresponding tours would take Tool a step further toward art rock and progressive rock territory.  The video is the first by Tool to be produced entirely through the use of CGI. The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship, and the band's insistence on privacy. [note 2], The band's long build-ups of intensity were largely inspired by the Melvins.
The album premiered on May 2 in the U.S. and debuted at the top spots of various international charts.  Sean Richardson of The Boston Phoenix sees System of a Down, Deftones, and Korn as examples of Tool's "towering influence" on the genre. , Keenan and Jones met through a mutual friend in 1989. , Tool have constantly expressed the massive impact that progressive rock pioneers King Crimson have had on their music; on a 2001 tour with them, Keenan joked: "Now you know who we ripped off. , In September 1995, the band started writing and recording their second studio album. At that time Tool experienced its only lineup change to date, with bassist D'Amour leaving the band amicably to pursue other projects. The releases garnered positive critical reception, with a music journalist of the Associated Press attributing to the band a reputation for innovative album packaging.  Keenan's unique style of singing has been seen as heavily influencing artists such as Pete Loeffler of Chevelle, Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, Will Martin of Earshot, and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit.. On December 20 the two DVDs were released, one containing the single "Schism" and the other "Parabola", a remix by Lustmord, and a music video with commentary by David Yow and Jello Biafra. The touring schedule was similar to the Lateralus tour of 2001; supporting acts were Isis and Mastodon. , Other reported influences of Tool include Fantmas, Devo, Bill Hicks, Rush, Helmet, Faith No More, Bauhaus, Meshuggah, David Bowie, Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, and Jane's Addiction. Keenan stated of the minitour: "For me, being on stage with King Crimson is like Lenny Kravitz playing with Led Zeppelin, or Britney Spears onstage with Debbie Gibson. Liddell for their complex and ever-evolving sound.  Meanwhile, "Vicarious" was a nominee for Best Hard Rock Performance and 10,000 Days won Best Recording Package at the 49th Grammy Awards.  After Keenan played a tape recording for Jones of his previous band project, Jones was so impressed by his voice that he eventually talked his friend into forming a new band.  In 2000, the Salival box set (CD/VHS or CD/DVD) was released, effectively putting an end to the rumors. , On September 17, 1996, Tool released their second full-length album, nima ("ON-ima"). He needs a bit of personal space, and he feels more comfortable in the shadows. ", After almost two years of practicing and performing locally in the Los Angeles area, the band was approached by record companies, and eventually signed a record deal with Zoo Entertainment.  The band intended to raise awareness about Hicks's material and ideas, because they felt that Tool and Hicks "were resonating similar concepts".  Another expression of this is an official website "dedicated to the arts and influences" on the band. , Live shows on Tool's headline tour incorporate an unorthodox stage setting and video display.  The band began touring again as planned, with an exception in May 1993. That's the only thing.  Although there were rumors that Tool was breaking up, Chancellor, Jones, and Carey were working on new material while waiting for Keenan to return. A music video directed by Dominic Hailstone was released on March 18, 2022, to commemorate the EP's 30th anniversary.  Tool received their second Grammy Award for the best metal performance of 2001 for the song "Schism".  Breckinridge Haggerty, the band's live video designer, says that the resulting dark spaces on stage "are mostly for Maynard". Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. , A tour began in October 1996, two weeks after nima's release. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions. , Both nima and 10,000 Days were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package, but while the former failed to win in 1997, the latter did win in 2007.  The band accepted on the condition that Melvins had to join it as well because, as stated by its frontman Buzz Osborne, they "wanted at least one band on the tour that they liked", despite the dissuasions from the tour organizers. The band's first music video, "Hush", promoted their dissenting views about the then-prominent Parents Music Resource Center and its advocacy of the censorship of music. 1" due to offensive connotations, and the lyrics of the song were altered. So I do not think you could have heard it. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week For a Rock Album in Over 1 Year", "The 2020 Heavy/Rock GRAMMYs Winners are", "Gary Clark Jr.  The latter's influence on Tool is most explicit in Undertow, and some authors have described Tool's music as a progressive take on Melvins. The show is never the same twice.  On October 27, 2020, an instrumental song titled "The Witness" was released featuring Jones, Chancellor, and Carey, and featuring production from Barresi, though the song was credited to Jones, not the band itself.  During the band's acceptance speech, Carey stated that he would like to thank his parents (for putting up with him) and Satan, and bassist Chancellor concluded: "I want to thank my dad for doing my mom.". By accepting this agreement, I acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to the. He explains, "[a] lot of the songs are a personal journey for him and he has a hard time with the glare of the lights when he's trying to reproduce these emotions for the audience.
During a short break early the next year, after touring Australia and New Zealand, drummer Carey suffered a biceps tear during a skirmish with his girlfriend's dog, casting uncertainty on the band's upcoming concerts in North America. " During the 10,000 Days tour, the video material consisted of over six hours of material, created by Jones, his wife Camella Grace, Chet Zar, Meats Meier, and Haggerty.  Early on, the band fabricated the story that they formed because of the pseudophilosophy "lachrymology".  Describing their general sound, AllMusic refers to them as "grinding, post-Jane's Addiction heavy metal", and The New York Times sees similarities to "Led Zeppelin's heaving, battering guitar riffs and Middle Eastern modes". It is almost twice as long as the original and includes the same lyrics as the live version, plus the extended instrumental midsection.  Danny Carey cited Bill Bruford and Alan White of Yes as his two biggest rock influences, in addition to Bruford's adventurousness in electronic drums.  The music video for "Vicarious" was released on DVD on December 18.  In June 2018, during his acceptance speech for the Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, Keenan stated "I'll go on record now saying you're gonna see some new music next year.  Their 2001 work Lateralus was compared by Allmusic to Pink Floyd's Meddle (1971), but thirty years later and altered by "Tool's impulse to cram every inch of infinity with hard guitar meat and absolute dread". , On August 2, the entirety of Tool's discography (with the exception of Salival) became available on digital streaming platforms.  Three days later, it was confirmed that the band's new album is scheduled to be released on August 30, 2019.  Responding to fan complaints about censorship, Matt Pinfield of MTV's 120 Minutes expressed regret on air by waving his fist in front of his face while introducing the video and explaining the name change. Fifteen years into the band's career, Tool had acquired what Dan Epstein of Revolver described as a devoted "cult" following, and as details about the band's next album emerged, such as the influence of Lateralus tourmates Fantmas and Meshuggah, controversy surrounding the new Tool album surfaced with speculation over song titles and pre-release rumors of leaked songs. According to Volcano, Tool had violated their contract when the band looked at offers from other record labels. 10,000 Days sold 564,000 copies in its opening week in the U.S. and was number one on the Billboard 200 charts, doubling the sales of Pearl Jam's self-titled album, its closest competitor. , Following their first tours in the early 1990s, Tool has performed as a headline act in world tours and major festivals such as Lollapalooza (1997 and 2009), Coachella (1999 and 2006), Voodoo Fest (2001 and 2016), Download Festival (2006 and 2019), Roskilde (2001 and 2006), Big Day Out (2007 and 2011), Bonnaroo (2007 and 2022), All Points West Music & Arts Festival (2009), and Epicenter (2009). 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In particular, nima's final track "Third Eye" is preceded by a clip of Hicks' performances, and the lenticular casing of the nima album packaging as well as the chorus of the title track "nema" make reference to a sketch from Hicks's Arizona Bay, in which he contemplates the idea of Los Angeles falling into the Pacific Ocean. We even had some stuff left over from the last one that we'll develop. According to Carey, D'Amour left the band because he wanted to play guitar rather than bass.
, The number of syllables per line in the lyrics to "Lateralus" correspond to an arrangement of the, Tool tried out several well known producers for, Fripp's self-effacing attitude toward his legacy is not rare; English musician, "Tool by the Numbers: 10 Things to Know About the Band's Chart History", "Let Not My Tears Fall Unnoticed: Being the Secret Joys of a Lachrymist", "Tool Guitarist Adam Jones is a Master of Many Trades", "A Tool for the Truly Cool. Prior to its release, the band had sold more than 13 million albums in the US alone.. Comparisons between the two were made, MTV describing the bands as "the once and future kings of progressive rock". For instance, Chancellor describes the time signature employed on the first single from Lateralus, "Schism", as "six" and "six-and-a-half" and that it later "goes into all kinds of other times". Adam Jones doubles as the band's art director and director of their music videos.  Additionally, the band uses forms of instrumental experimentation, like the use of a "pipe bomb microphone" (a guitar pickup mounted inside a brass cylinder) and a talk box guitar solo on "Jambi". YOUR VOTE COUNTS: DANNY 2022 MODERN DRUMMER POLL.  No followspots or live cameras are used; instead, the band employs extensive backlighting to direct the focus away from the band members and toward large screens in the back and the crowd. , Prior to the release of 10,000 Days, a tour kicked off at Coachella on April 30.  In 1997, Keenan explained how the composition process of Tool reflected that of King Crimson: "They're very much into listening to each other; even though they might have a basic structure that they're following, it's about fitting themselves in with each other. , With the release of Tool's follow-up single "Prison Sex", the band again became the target of censorship. , "Opiate" was re-recorded and released as "Opiate2" or "Opiate Squared" on March 1, 2022.  The boost in popularity gained from these concerts helped Undertow to be certified gold by the RIAA in September 1993 and to achieve platinum status in 1995, despite being sold with censored album artwork by distributors such as Wal-Mart.  The album's title track was released as a single on August 7, the band's first release in 13 years.  On May 5, 2019, the band debuted two new songs live at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Florida called "Descending" and "Invincible". Jones explained that it does not contain a storyline, but that his intentions were to summon personal emotions with its imagery.  Danny Carey and Keenan performed for Green Jell, and Carey played with Carole King and Pigmy Love Circus.  The CD contained one new original track, a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter", a live version of Peach's "You Lied", and revised versions of old songs. Adam Jones asked me if I could detect it in their music, and I said I couldn't. , The band puts an emphasis on the sound of their songs and attempts to reduce the effect lyrics can have on the perception of songs by not releasing song lyrics with their albums, although they eventually released the lyrics for Fear Inoculum for that album's CD.
Extensive touring throughout 2001 and 2002 supported Lateralus and included a personal highlight for the band: a 10-show joint mini-tour with King Crimson in August 2001. And it's almost exactly the same figure: three note arpeggio with a particular accent from the guitar.  Although "lachrymology" was also cited as an inspiration for the band's name, Keenan later explained their intentions differently: "Tool is exactly what it sounds like: It's a big dick.  In January 2016, Tool undertook a tour of the United States.  The following August, Carey noted that the band had entered a hiatus, but that he still hoped they would reconvene in the future to record an EP, which the band would have more freedom in releasing due to no longer being signed to a record label.