Publication: The Daytona Beach news Journal
Date: August, 2002
page: title: Tool Time Band to forge 'prog-metal' here author: Rick de Yampert Progressive metal fans may be hearing the last of Tool. But then, all of us earthlings soon may be hearing the last of Tool...and ourselves and the entire planet, according to the suspicions of the band and its coterie. "Members of the band are seriously debating wheter to record any new material due to recent revelations concerning the close approach of a mysterious celestial object," says a report on Tool,s offical web site, www.toolband.com. "The invader, which some maverick astronomers believe to be a brown dwarf(failed sun) and others the 10th planet of our solar system, could be responsible for... the prophesied 'End Times'. It's existence and close approach to earth in 2003, if a reality, is thought to wreak havoc on our home planet." That's mixed news for Tool fans. "Don't fret, the guys are taking the necessary means to survive the cataclysm," the web site says. "Although the band members all have underground shelters with adegaute provisions to survive such a catastrophic event, they're not yet sure if they'll follow up 'Lateralus' with another CD due to the lose of most of the earths population... without an audience to preform for, there would be no motivation to record any new material" Hmmm. Is the band, which performs Monday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, up to some sort of tongue in-cheek hijinks, like such jokester bands as Devo or They Might Be Giants? Thats possible, but Tool seems to be serious a lot. The band members - singer Maynard James keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, Bassist Justin Chancellor and Drummer Danny Carey - profess an intrest in the philosophies of psychologgist Carl Jung, mythologist Joseph Campbell, psychedelic guru Timothy Leary and notorious occultist Aleister Crowley. Such heady ideas often surface in the band's lryics. Then consider that Tool's musical attack melds metal's muscle and rage with art rock's finesse, and it's no wonder the group has been championed as the foremost 'progressive metal," or "prog metal" band. Along with critical and fan acclaim, the band has won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance: last spring for the song "Schism" from their latest album, "Lateralus," and in 1998 for the title track from their album Aenema." "We do have a connection with some of the progressive stuff - Crimson and Yes, and Pink Floyd," Keenan said in an interview with the web site CDNiw.com "But a lot of those bands aren't very emotional. They're more about the head and the technical stuff. I think we've progressed that kind of rock to a point where we've now integrated the emotional element. I love King Crimson and Rush, but there cones a point where you just have to go and listen to Billie Holiday." Or create something a bit more intense than Lady Day. So,while the title track of "lateralus" includes such deep rumination as "Over-thinking, over-analyzing separates the body from the mind, withering my intution, leaving opportunities behind," the previous track "Ticks & Leeches," is a rant fest: "I hope you're choking, I hope you choke on this.. blood sucking, parasitic little tick. Take what you want and then go." While "Aenema" includes a song about the mystical concept of the "Thrid Eye," the song "Eulogy" is a punkish sneer with the lryic, "You've claimed all this time that you would die for me.Why then why are you so surprised to hear your own eulogy?... Get off your cross, we need the space to nail the next fool martyr." Though the rant 'n' rave, brute side of metal surfaces in Tool's music, the esoteric side seems to win out. Asked if Lateralus" is a concept album, Keenan resonded to CDNow with a discourse on the equinox and the phases of the moon. And what about that mysterious celestial object that may wipe out Tool's fan base, and thus the band's desire to forge new metal music? The Tool guys will be unfazed, judging from Keenan's comments to CDNow.com: "Jung used to talk about staring into that shadow in the corner. Just stepping into that shadow and going, 'OK, what is it that I fear the most? What is it that freezes me up like a doe in the headlights?' And then go and do that and see what happens. The worst thing that'll happen is you'll die." The band is requesting that fans refrain from moshing and body surfing during the concert.
Posted to t.d.n: 08/09/02 13:16:41