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Los Angeles, California, United States (1990 – present)

Formed around 1990 in Los Angeles, California, United States, by drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, and original bassist Paul d’Amour, Tool is a band that is most noted for combining alternative metal with a wide variety of progressive structures, irregular time signatures and lyrics that range from angry diatribes to meditations on philosophical and social matters.

After performing a handful of shows in the Los Angeles area and up the West Coast, they toured in the United States with Primus in the summer of 1992 in support of their EP Opiate. Their first full length recording, Undertow, was released in 1993.

Emerging with a groovy heavy sound on their first release, when the genre was dominated by post-punk, they were later seen at the top of the industrial movement with the release of their second full-length studio album Ænima in 1996, the first recording the band made after original bassist Paul D’Amour left the band, replaced by Justin Chancellor. After an ongoing evolution of their sound and continuous efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution on Lateralus (2001), their most recent album 10,000 Days (2006), as well as respective tours, they are generally described as a style-transgressing act and part of and .

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  • Coralineus

    "Art-sound" sounds retarded. That's what and why the term "music" was invented for.

    Yesterday 2:04am Reply
  • YOMOTHAINLAW

    not music. art-sound.

    25 Jan 7:09pm Reply
  • Fifa51

    this is not funny anymore

    22 Jan 8:43pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Rosetta Stoned is such a spiritual experience.

    20 Jan 1:23am Reply
  • perezhivem

    one of the favorite

    19 Jan 10:29pm Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    only 7294 days to wait for the new album

    19 Jan 7:12pm Reply
  • Failure2Conform

    Progressive to me always meant a willingness to say fuck you to conventional song structures and Tool definitely fits that mold.

    17 Jan 4:58pm Reply
  • AnsOnkruid

    New album plssssss <3

    16 Jan 8:31pm Reply
  • VahidMoshiri

    only 7300 days to wait for the new album [2]

    13 Jan 11:58am Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    And it's been nearly a decade since the last album. I really hope they can settle their lawsuit soon.

    7 Jan 10:28pm Reply
  • web-knows

    damn, it's been like a decade since I last listened to Tool.. literally

    7 Jan 12:51pm Reply
  • barium62

    Well said MisterJunior

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • impartially

    Tool fans are the worst.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @cleggmeister I'd say that's a bit overly general. I agree with your initial thoughts about Tool's status as a prog band, but I wouldn't really consider them to be "prog" in the sense that, say, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes, Camel and those bands are progressive. They have a much more pronounced metal sound than any of those groups and the only record of those that I would say borders on the accepted definition of prog/prog rock is Lateralus. The rest of their stuff is best described as... I dunno, "Alternative Metal" or "Post Grunge" or something like that. It doesn't really matter what label you stick on it, though. Ultimately it's the quality of a band's music that matters and not the label placed on it or the type of fans who are most vocal it. Calling Tool a "white trash band" because there are some (sometimes a lot) boneheads in the crowd at their concerts is like saying the Beatles are only enjoyed by teenage girls.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • instant-nature

    I shat my pants when I watched the video of Schism the first time... and the second... and pretty much every time I see it.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BlackMetallizer

    "best band ever", which cannot record a fucking album

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    [fifa51] They were planning to release "the first 10,000 days of christmas", but it's sssooooo long that they couldn't release it in time. Maybe next year.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cleggmiester

    tool is sweet and everything but if you act like they are top shelf prog and not the biggest white trash band around then you are str8 foolin

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • NinjaTravisLee

    @MisterJunior the set was flawless it flowed effortlessly and Jambi was an amazingsong opening song. Me and a few other people from the stadium seating kept screaming out "PLAY OPIATE" after they played Stinkfist. I want to see them again so bad

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @NinjaTravisLee That was the best Tool concert I've seen. Surprising given the Coliseum's notoriously terrible acoustics. I saw them there on the Lateralus tour and was totally bummed out by the horrible sound. Not sure what went right back in '07 but the band played really well and performed energetically and the sound was good.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
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