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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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  • transcendentaly

    Because 10,000 Days is a masterpiece. [2]

    yesterday evening Reply
  • mark4all

    AlexMetallist ---- Ænima is THE BEST )

    Yesterday 5:48pm Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    10,000 Days > Lateralus > everything else.

    Yesterday 2:30pm Reply
  • benson_x

    AMAZING

    22 Apr 5:46pm Reply
  • z0z0bra

    one does not simply paly a gig in mordor

    22 Apr 1:09pm Reply
  • Kivul

    come to mordor [4]

    20 Apr 8:58pm Reply
  • KrossPoison

    come to mordor [3]

    20 Apr 3:24pm Reply
  • cocainepanda

    come to mordor [2]

    18 Apr 8:40pm Reply
  • ThePapaMuerte

    come to mordor

    18 Apr 3:27pm Reply
  • licoricepizza

    happy b-day, maynard!

    17 Apr 5:24pm Reply
  • Mendeleeviant

    Happy Birthday sir!

    17 Apr 4:32pm Reply
  • nzstars

    Happy birthday Maynard! Many happy returns ... can't wait for the new Tool album!

    17 Apr 9:25am Reply
  • Acidflux

    Even though Tool are not prolific, you have to admit their album covers don't look like King Crimson's.

    15 Apr 6:03am Reply
  • Eddie_Gonzalez

    I don't understand why so many people shit themselves for this soft rock dronefest

    15 Apr 12:39am Reply
  • the-wild-healer

    "So sad that Undertow is Underrated" Possibly my favorite of theirs.

    13 Apr 8:01pm Reply
  • kyrosmetal

    Every rock/metal band needs to learn something from Tool, for example Pink Floyd about songwriting, GY!BE about intensity, Opeth about variety, The Beatles about catchiness, King Crimson about limiting their prog wankery, Black Sabbath about album covers, Led Zeppelin about replacing their awful vocalist with a Maynard-like. The only reason why I'm over Tool is because I find perfection to be oppressive, I love the naive energy that comes from the imperfect. [2] And i love all of these bands too, but tool arrived from the future to kick our asses in the present.

    8 Apr 9:06pm Reply
  • mark4all

    So sad that Undertow is Underrated

    7 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • heavy-schneggo

    waiting for new album is tedious... but i'm sure it will be a masterpiece! 10,000 days still feels timeless even after 8 years!

    7 Apr 1:39pm Reply
  • metralindol

    yeah, guys, let's put even more bullshit in this shoutbox!!!

    6 Apr 5:28pm Reply
  • Reflection_kill

    Bill Hicks!

    4 Apr 12:07pm Reply
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