Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Date: July, 2002
page: title: Mainstream can't really get a handle on Tool's dour wit author: JENNIFER CHRISTMAN What kind of tool would Tool be? Not a hammer -- too uninteresting and obvious. Not a screwdriver -- too handy and uncomplicated. Tool would be more like a chainsaw -- deafening, disturbing and intimidatingly sharp. Most people have probably never heard a Tool song on the radio, which is just fine with the members who have managed to amass a loyal cult following through other means. It just adds more to the mystique that they've worked so hard to achieve with their videos -- moody mini- movies that the members never appear in -- and the stage disguises. Like everyone else who appeared on the scene during the gloomy '90s, Tool sings of choking babies, condemning Jesus and hating Los Angeles, but they do so with such a flair and wicked wit that you might think they invented the angst genre instead of just burrowed into their own dark den in it. Tool's box, made of singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor, formed in 1990. By 1993 the group's gift for gloom landed them in the laternative rock category and landed them a spot on the third Lollapalooza tour. Undertow, the band's debut, went platinum while earning them comparisons with everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Pink Floyd. Tool spent several years tooling around on its less famed follow-up album, Aenima, which was still a success despite being released in 1996 when alternative rock was on its way out. the band co-headlined the 1997 Lollapalooza tour. Maybe Tool isn't so much a cnainsaw, as those behave quickly and immediately. Tool is more of a handsaw, one that produces at an excruciatingly slow pace. The next anybody heard of Tool again was in the form of rumors that the band was splitting as Keenan began working on a differnet project, a new band called A Perfect Circle, which released a successful debut Mer de Doms in 2000. A Tool B-Sides project, Salival, was released the same year. Tool's third studio album, Lateralus, finally was released in spring of 2001, putting an end to breakup speculation and putting the band in the No. 1 Billboard slot. As for the show, expect enduring sonic assaults, expect icky projection images and don't expect very much showmanship out of Keenan, who likely will stand in the shadows much of the evening. And expect the show to be opened by Tomahawk. The band was formed in 2000 by Duane Denison, formerly of Jesus Lizard, and Mike Patton, who, in addition to fronting Tomahawk, has fronted Mr. Bungle, Fantomas and Peepking Tom since the breakup of Faith No More in 1998. Maybe these guys are the real chainsaw on this tour.
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