Undertow

Label
Volcano
Release date
17 Sep 1996
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
68:08

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intolerance 4:53 210,667
2 Prison Sex 4:55 246,126
3 Sober 5:06 348,257
4 Bottom 7:14 192,942
5 Crawl Away 5:30 193,893
6 Swamp Song 5:32 192,832
7 Undertow 5:22 206,428
8 6:03 87,498
9 Flood 7:46 164,116
10 Disgustipated 15:47 116,395

About this album

Undertow is Tool’s first full-length album, released in 1993. At the time, was at the height of its popularity, and was slowly beginning to gather mainstream attention. Undertow helped remain prominence as a mainstream musical style, and allowed several later bands to break through to the mainstream. Allmusic sees the album’s success in the “striking, haunting visuals that complemented the album’s nihilistic yet wistful mood” — it was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA on May 14, 2001.

The album was recorded between October and December 1992 at Grand Master Studios, Hollywood, California, by Sylvia Massy. It includes songs that the band decided to not release on their previous EP, Opiate.

Album art
The album art was designed by Adam Jones. Photos in the liner notes of a nude obese woman, a nude thin man, and the band members with pins in the sides of their heads generated controversy, resulting in the album being removed from stores such as KMart and Wal-Mart. The band reacted by releasing another version, which depicted a giant bar code on a white background. This version of the album included a note from the band .

When the original cover is held up to a light, the obese woman inside is seen encircled by the ribcage.

The message on the photographs of the band members reads “Trust me trust me trust me trust me trust me I just want to start this over say you won’t go this is love I’ll make weapons out of my imperfections lay back and let me show you another way only

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  • OcellatedGod

    This album is a powerful, sexy beast.

    26 Aug 5:59pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I always saw this more along the lines of grunge in the sense of Soundgarden's approach then I did progressive rock or metal, definitely the best of Tool's first three releases.

    9 Aug 1:52am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The spoken rant on Bottom interrupts the flow of the song and is simply out of place there. I never even paid attention to what he's saying.

    2 Apr 5:45am Reply
  • maesus

    Perfection from beginning to end.

    4 Jan 2:11am Reply
  • sublimewreckage

    well, pikesing, the spoken bit... it's just so unnecessary. it makes me keenly aware that despite my age, i'm still hanging onto and wallowing in self-indulgent, youthful emotions when i listen to it. i see it as an album that expresses having little faith or mutual understanding in anything or anyone, and makes no qualms about exploring the dark gamut of human emotion over that. i think deep down you understand that speech is unnecessary, or at least will come to when you hit about 26 or so. =p j/k about that last part

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • machineheadroks

    this is a masterpiece lets just say its a gem to a peice of art

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • PikeSing

    I'VE GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO EXPAND MY THRESHOLD OF PAIN

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sublimewreckage

    you know, i like rollins in his own right, but i don't know... just can't resolve his little self-empowering rant on bottom. always ruined it for me, i guess. otherwise, this is timeless. still visceral, still invigorating, still fresh and still contains some of the most impressive rock songs of the past 20 years.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    And the BEST Tool album.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Omnigraph

    The heaviest Tool album, and probably the darkest too

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Foggster

    the pre-stage to perfection

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    Yeah, Flood rules.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • yapooos

    My personal fav. Fuck, I love this album so much.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Tool_Vinyl_DLs

    Message me for a 24 bit / 96 kHz vinyl rip of this album. Sound quality is AMAZING. All tracks are individually split and have correct tags. I've uploaded the whole Tool discography in vinyl on sendspace. Get at me.

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • steven_nzl

    Some days Undertow is my favourite album from tool - but it is generally a close second to Aenima - that's when they really nailed it. Flood will always be a stand out song off the album, and probably my favourite tool song to date.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • PRW666

    Favorite

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • no_such_thing

    It's not heavy and it's not rock, it's something closer to "hard metal". And extremely sinister...

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TabooEv

    The album that introduced me to Tool! :)

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hstisgod

    is Lateralus really the best Tool album ever? http://www.musicemissions.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/17/sundays-best-tool/#comment-8941

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    Favorite Tool album

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
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