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The Tool Page: An Article


Date: March, 2001

Transcribed by
Richard Routh (

 title: Tool Goes Artsy On 'Lateralus'
author: Darren Davis

Tool's new album Lateralus, slated for a May 15 release, just may be 
the band's most adventurous and progressive to date. The first single 
from the album will be "Schism," which is one of the shorter songs on 
the album, clocking in at 6:43. The band began shooting the video for 
the song on Thursday (March 28).
As a whole, the album is a progressive and futuristic opus, which 
features five songs that are more than seven minutes long. One 
song, "Reflection," clocks in at 11:08. Singer Maynard James Keenan 
keeps in the melodic mode on most of the album, which has fewer 
impassioned screams compared to the band's earlier albums, Undertow 
and Aenima.

One of the most intense tracks on the album is the scary "Faaip De 
Oiad," which is filled with drums in the background and an intense 
wall of static. A voice seems to cross through static hum talking 
about some sort of alien invasion. The words "...the Government knows 
about them..." are among the most audible. The futuristic edge to the 
album surfaces in songs "Eon Blue Apocalypse," "Parabol," 
and "Reflection." The shortest song, "Mantra," clocks in at 1:12, and 
sounds like whales' echoes. 

The album was co-produced by Tool and David Bottrill, who mixed and 
engineered the album. The band recorded in Hollywood and North 
Hollywood, California at Hook, Big Empty Space, the Lodge, and Cello.

The artwork for the album art, designed by guitarist Adam Jones, 
resembles an artsy pulmonary man, showing the veins, arteries, and 
muscle structure.

Tracks for Lateralus include (in order): "The Grudge," "Eon Blue 
Apocalypse," "The 
Patient," "Mantra," "Schism," "Parabol," "Parabola," "Ticks & 
Leeches," "Lateralus," "Disposition," "Reflection," "Triad," 
and "Faaip De Oiad."

Posted to t.d.n: 04/01/01 12:30:05