Release date
15 May 2001
Running length
13 tracks
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1 The Grudge 8:36 358,878
2 Eon Blue Apocalypse 1:04 316,151
3 The Patient 7:14 318,787
4 Mantra 1:12 302,380
5 Schism 6:47 491,833
6 Parabol 3:04 353,537
7 Parabola 6:03 421,929
8 Ticks & Leeches 8:11 266,722
9 Lateralus 9:24 345,084
10 Disposition 4:46 303,233
11 Reflection 11:07 280,804
12 Triad 8:46 244,677
13 Faaip de Oiad 2:39 210,316

About this album

Lateralus (pronounced /lætərˈælɪs/[2]) is the third studio album by American alternative/progressive metal band Tool. The album was released on May 15, 2001, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. On August 5, 2003, Lateralus was certified double platinum by the RIAA. On August 30, 2004 the album was certified Silver by the BPI for sales of 60,000 in the UK. On August 23, 2005, Lateralus was released as a limited edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package. As with Ænima and Undertow, the album is replete with time signature changes, more then ever.

Overall, Lateralus was critically well received and its complexity provoked many responses akin to what Ryan Rayhil of Spin magazine had to say about the album, calling it a “monolithic puzzlebox”.

Lateralus and the corresponding tours would take Tool a step further toward art-rock and progressive rock territory. Rolling Stone wrote in an attempt to summarize the album that “Drums, bass and guitars move in jarring cycles of hyperhowl and near-silent death march… The prolonged running times of most of Lateralus’ thirteen tracks are misleading; the entire album rolls and stomps with suitelike purpose.” Joshua Klein of The A.V. Club in turn expressed his opinion that Lateralus, with its 79-minute running time and relatively complex and long songs — topped by the ten-and-a-half minute music video for “Parabola” — posed a challenge to fans and music programming alike. Drummer Danny Carey said, “The manufacturer would only guarantee us up to 79 minutes…

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  • JMFG2112

    AEnima > Lateralus. both masterpieces

    1 Aug 7:57pm Reply
  • ironmatts

    I enjoy the Holy Gift a lot.

    22 Jul 1:37am Reply
  • suaveslav

    I don't think this will ever not be my favorite album.

    17 Jul 2:56am Reply
  • muerto14


    29 Jun 2:52pm Reply
  • eljasmy

    this album is all my soul needs

    7 Jun 10:17pm Reply
  • cassiecleveland


    19 Apr 3:51am Reply
  • HorrorChemical

    without a doubt my personal favorite

    22 Mar 5:05pm Reply
  • malonemuert

    AEnima > Lateralus = Undertow > Opiate > 10,000 Days

    6 Feb 3:53pm Reply
  • Satyr47

    One of the greatest albums in the history of rock music. Unique, deep, catchy, artsy, emotional, different every time ... a piece of musical and conceptual genius.

    12 Jan 5:44am Reply
  • bloodgrave45

    The best from them

    1 Jan 5:09pm Reply
  • genuswelt

    Great! Can't wait on now album!

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BladyCherubRock

    "Lateralus" and "Ænima" in my opinion are equal. Masterpieces.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    This album has grown on me quite a bit! I don't think it is their weakest anymore. I have come to the conclusion that the weakest Tool album is....NONE. All are amazing in different ways. Undertow is still my all time favorite though.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • enylorak

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  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sublimewreckage

    clintbleed6793 - I'll take Undertow over this any day too, but its not a bad album (certainly better than 10k in my estimation). Anyway, it took a while to get into when it first came out being that it came as such a departure from Aenema (for me). I don't know why but this feels like an honest exploration, whereas 10k is like a retreading of the same tropes & musical concepts (in other words, a lateralus sequel done in auto-pilot).

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • austisrocker

    This is the law!

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AniShelly

    lyrics are just awesome and music is killing ♥

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Fucking amazing. One of the best albums EVER.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MelonHCST

    Got over my Tool fanboyism years ago but this is still undoubtedly one of the greatest albums I've ever heard.

    29 May 2013 Reply
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