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Biography

  • Years Active

    1990 – present (34 years)

  • Founded In

    Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Adam Jones (1990 – present)
    • Danny Carey (1990 – present)
    • Justin Chancellor (1995 – present)
    • Maynard James Keenan (1990 – present)
    • Paul D'Amour (1990 – 1995)

Tool is an American / band from Los Angeles. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won four Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.

To date, the band has released five studio albums, one EP and one box set. They emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow (1993), and became a dominant act in the movement with the release of their follow-up album Ænima in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006), gaining critical acclaim and international commercial success. Their fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum, was released on August 30, 2019, to widespread critical acclaim. Prior to its release, the band had sold more than 13 million albums in the US alone.

Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and very long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of , , and . The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship, and the band's insistence on privacy.

There is a raging debate about whether Tool can be considered "post-metal" or not. However, they surely had a hand in its creation as much as Neurosis. The influential act Isis was heavily influenced by Tool's music, so much that they lifted entire basslines and guitar riffing from Tool and even their iconic snare sound was inspired by Tool's style. Much has been made of both Isis and Tool's sound and influence across the years but one thing is for sure: modern post-metal has their fingerprints everywhere and it would not have sounded the way that it sounds without them. Additionally, Tool was actually aware of and liked Isis' music as they chose Isis as touring partners, a move that brought even more attention to Isis' music.

Full Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tool_(band)

Studio albums
Undertow (1993)
Ænima (1996)
Lateralus (2001)
10,000 Days (2006)
Fear Inoculum (2019)

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