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With its heavy-duty distortion, weighty rhythms, and cynical lyrics, Tool is a heavy metal band for the '90s. Rather like Metallica circa...And Justice for All, the sound is focused heavily on texture, with vocals and guitars layered one atop the other, and heart-pounding drums underlying everything. There's not a whole lot of variety on Tool's second full-length album--most of the songs start off fairly low-key, kicking into high gear for the chorus, and repeat--but Maynard James Keenan's distinctive voice, the prog-rock stylings over a heavy metal base, and a supremely unhealthy dose of vitriol make this the perfect album to bang your head to.--Genevieve Williams
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Label:  Volcano, Zoo Entertainment, Tool Dissectional
Genre:  Hard Rock & Metal
Release Date:  October 1, 1996
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review by . July 11, 2012
posted in Music Matters
If you went back into the late 90's/early 00's and asked me what my favorite bands were, I would have gladly answered Tool and Rage Against the Machine. Back then, I thought both bands were such musically-brilliant, insightful bands because of the fact that they were marketed as bands that were heavy metal yet were insightful and thought-provoking, and being the gullable kid I was due to my lack of knowledge of underground music at the time, I ate them both up like hotcakes. For the last …
review by . July 31, 2001
posted in Music Matters
Tool is one of the few bands that can indulge in artistic excesses and still retain tremendous commercial success, which I think is kind of strange. And while I say "excesses," a term usually chained to denigrating interpretations, I must emphasize that Tool's artistic nature is perhaps their most striking quality. Combining an alterna-metal aesthetic with more progressive, explorative tendencies, they are decidedly unique. And they aren't just being esoteric and weird. For music fans who like a …
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