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The Tool Page: An Article

Publication: E! Online

Date: May, 2001

Transcribed by
Stu (stuniversal@hotmail.com)


  page: 
 title: Tool - Lateralus
author: 

Okay, just call 'em the hard-rock version of Radiohead. It's 
not like Tool will listen anyway. This monstrous art-rock band 
has ignored pretty much every musical trend, cautiously 
releasing just three full-length albums over the span of a 
decade and getting progressively weirder (and garnering 
more respect) with each one. Lateralus takes the L.A. band 
over the edge with elongated musical movements that 
simmer under heavy-duty distortion, Middle Eastern 
percussion and freakish guitar-and-drum time signatures that 
will make musical mathematicians (i.e., prog-rock dorks) as 
excited as the kids in the mosh pit. And while creepy and 
cryptic frontman Maynard James Keenan has learned a thing 
or two about calming down via his work with last year's side 
project A Perfect Circle, he still knows how to bring the band 
to a boiling point with his pitch-perfect vocals.

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