Date: January, 1998
page: 48 title: The Year In Review: Tool author: Tool was never content to maintain status quo or to even criticize it; they want to change it. For their platinum album released last October, Aenima, they aimed to present a different way of listening to music. "Our main goal when we're together is to write music in a forum where we can involve our subconscious as well as our conscious," said drummer Carey. The Los Angeles-based band-Carey, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and new bassist Justin Chancellor-don't express their ideology merely through the spoken word. Their arty, advanced videos and the state-of-the-art recording methods were used to convey these points. Preachiness has never been their wont. Tool firmly believe their audience would absorb more if it's given to them in a memorable, entertaining package. Their visually-intriguing live performances are full of stunts that encompass the entertaining rock and roll show-and their dense, hard-hitting lyrics and doom metal arrangements easier to swallow. The three musicians usually adorn their bodies with meticulous patterns of war paint. With as much theatrical outrageousness as Peter Gabriel in the 70's, Keenan goes the full length with aplomb. On their last tour, the Lollapalooza festival, he looked like a Madonna crossed with a mannequin, with a bustier and long blonde hairpiece. The four members went their separate ways after their last date on the Lollapalooza tour in late August, and have taken the rest of the year off. No Tool album is scheduled next year, so each of them will be doing their own thing until they get back together to come up with new ideas for their next project. The band hinted at their direction as early as their interviews to promote Aenima. "The band is strong right now," said drummer Carey. "All the cylinders are firing. There's more focus than there ever was before. The projects are going to get bigger and bigger."
Posted to t.d.n: 01/07/98 19:49:53