Tool not only mastered alt-metal with their debut EP Opiate , they gave an immediate indication of how they would advance the genre. Over the next four albums, Tool made good on that promise both musically and lyrically. Progressively complex arrangements on each subsequent record had fans spending hours obsessively listening, then sharing deciphered meanings on the internet. Justin Chancellor took over for D'Amour in , as Tool continued to bring in elements of prog metal, thrash, industrial, math rock, art rock and psychedelic rock. Sonically, the band's music has always been melodic yet intricate, but a lyrical pattern developed over the course of their career. While the early material dealt with anger at the establishment, Tool eventually began to concentrate on self actualization and finding enlightenment, rather than fixating on the outer world. Co-opting a line attributed to Karl Marx that religion is the "opiate of the masses," Keenan lashes out against the "guidance" of organized religion and strict rules that destroy the self in order to sustain the establishment.
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20. Hooker With A Penis (Ænima, 1996)
While everyone has enjoyed the various hilarious "waiting for the new Tool album…" memes, that shit is over. The poll results? Much like Tool themselves, you clearly love trolling. And no, Deftones' "Passenger" doesn't count. Based on everyone who actually dug through the ol' toolbox and answered seriously, here are the top five vote-getters. First off, no, "Stinkfist" isn't literally about fist-fucking.
Tool are one of heavy metal's most eclectic and original bands, and their best songs reflect their musical ingenuity. In fact, their discography is among the hardest to narrow down to 10 individual songs, as they are more admired for their music as it's presented on their overall albums. Whether it be the haunting vocals of Maynard James Keenan or the captivating guitar work of Adam Jones, Tool's songs suck you in and grip you tight. While they've only released four full-length albums over a 20 year-period, the number of great Tool tracks to choose from is plenty. After much thought and even more debate, here is Loudwire's list of the 10 Best Tool Songs:. Although 'Sober' is one of Tool's simplest tracks, it's also one of their most powerful. Released on the band's debut full-length, 'Undertow,' 'Sober' was written about a friend of the band who could only hit his artistic peak while under the influence. Possibly the most popular song of Tool's career, 'Schism' introduced many younger fans to the experimental Los Angeles band. As Keenan sings through the first verse, the lyrical weaver lists off the means of death he's experienced through the eye of his television.
So many of their individual compositions work as effective standalones, however. Shamelessly censor-baiting title aside, this was a rebuke of the sheer mindlessness of the phonies and fools in their fanbase who think that finding success necessarily puts artists at odds with their hardcore followers. Arriving when it did, the song was key, too, to reminding those fans that for all their increasingly proggy flourishes, the band were still fuelled by the filth and fury of that punk spirit within. When it does get going, though, the band build on a staccato foundation with one of their most compelling compositions. So, who is this Eulogy for? Ron Hubbard. With its title a reference to respiration, the song charts the process of yogic meditation, drawing the listener deeper within themselves. A staccato alt. On an album that — for all its power — tends to err towards ponderousness, Jambi is a jarring standout to cleanse the palette and rouse the entranced soul. A daring statement from artists ascending.