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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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  • Heliocat

    @deadgrandma even if the beatles were good, they wouldn't be similar

    9 hours ago Reply
  • deadgrandma

    The only similar band to Tool are The Beatles.

    Yesterday 2:04pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    It's the hard knock life ♪

    Yesterday 12:11pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    sticks and stones may break my bones, but words make me crawl into my bed quietly weep into my pillow and heavily consider my life choices

    27 Feb 12:29pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    v Wowowow awesome! Thanks cunt.

    27 Feb 12:21am Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    browsing the webs, I came upon this gem. Figured you Sacramento Bumwads (<--- I say in jest, not as insult) might enjoy it:

    26 Feb 7:48pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    ba-dum tsssss!!!

    26 Feb 3:51pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    ... and Tool is the bratwurst

    26 Feb 3:51pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    "some" Tool fans are the worst

    24 Feb 10:59pm Reply
  • impartially

    Tool fans are the fucking worst

    24 Feb 10:44pm Reply
  • galingong

    @PetitSaggitaire - thank you, looks interesting @debelChi - and thanks again, Animals As Leaders makes some insane stuff, great one!

    23 Feb 8:23pm Reply
  • tarikpasic

    @PetitSagittaire i tried listening to them, but just couldn't really get into it, something's missing there for me :S

    23 Feb 7:23pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Soen is the only band similar to Tool.

    23 Feb 12:26pm Reply
  • Fifa51

    the biggest problem is that we are waiting for their new album for almost ten fucking years

    22 Feb 10:55pm Reply
  • Fifa51

    @galingong: unfortunately, there aren't any similar bands, and that's an age-old truth - similar artits on this page confirm it - but on the other hand, it shows how unique and inimitable they are

    22 Feb 10:53pm Reply
  • galingong

    @debelChi - Thank you, checking them out. At first listen sounds a bit like Crystal Method to me, which is ok since I like them, but straight 4/4. What I really like about Tool are the insane not-straight-at-all rhythmic compositions with lots of 5/4, 7/8, and other odd rhythmic stuff which makes it hard to follow and also makes you pay attention because otherwise it just turns noise.

    22 Feb 8:38am Reply
  • wholly-mountain

    "Lateralus was quite good, I guess, but still - too generic, at least after two first listens." full blown african AIDS right there.

    22 Feb 8:30am Reply
  • galingong

    I'm most likely into electronic music (techno, ambient,, etc) but got into Tool recently. They have some mediocre tracks, but most of them are amazing. Can anyone recommend similar bands? My favorite track is Triad to narrow the genre a bit. I can live without vocals, but have no problem with them as long as the vocalist is not an egoist dick.

    21 Feb 6:25pm Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    [petitSagittaire] I understand. keola_the_orca's intentions seemed sincere, but the whole conversation just got skewered that I had to address his original motive. I do agree with the superiority complex in that there is no reason to rate bands at all. Sure we all have our personal rankings, which for me is interpreted as which band i happen to like more (not which one is better than the other), but that kind of discussion is better suited between people with a close relationship.

    21 Feb 2:07pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Comparing two different bands for their styles or way of playing is interesting but comparing them according to "which one is superior" is blatant elitism. We're not on 4chan here, no need to hide your insecurity behind an artificial music taste. Music appreciation isn't a marathon. This is what I meant by "plebs".

    21 Feb 9:15am Reply
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