No one makes the same evil and philosophical cuts in prog metal the same. tool. In fact, the quartet (drummer Danny Carey, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, bassist Justin Chancellor, and guitarist Adam Jones) have spent the last 30 years surprisingly uniting the industrial salaciousness of the Nine Inch Nails with the mesmeric sophistication of Pink Floyd and King Crimson, gives a beloved voice all their own.
The acclaimed band, is set to launch 2022 US tour (get tickets through Ticketmaster), has developed so well that it has not lost sight of its most important marks, ensuring that all its work feels at home in the same catalog.
In short, 1993’s Undertow and 1995’s aenima continued more brutal and risqué synthesis of progressive and alternative metals. Then, 2001’s landmark Lateralus offers a perfect bridge between that glorious sorrow and the more artistic and academic approach of 2006 10,000 Days and 2019 Fear of the Inoculum. Throughout all of this, the Tool supports a good character skill for challenging rhythms, twisted guitarwork, emotional but empowered vocals, arresting music videos, and evocative artwork (usually provided by Jones).
Of course, Tool has garnered a lot of praise for its wins, including six Grammys nominations (with three wins) and the “Top Rock Album” trophy at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Many other artists – from metal brothers like Mastodon, TesseracT, Gojira, Chevelle, and Karnivool to less obvious works like Tame Impala and St. Vincent – consider them an influence, as well.
Even though they wrote a lot of great songs over the years, some clearly outperformed others. So, to coincide with the start of the 2022 US tour of Tool (get tickets HERE), we offer our picks for 10 of the quartet tracks that truly reign supreme.
– Jordan Blum,