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The Tool Page: An Article

Publication: New York Times

Date: November, 1996

Transcribed by
melissa (mjf195)

  page: C18
 title: Mad at Everbody, Including Themselves
author: John Pareles

[Transcriber's note: I'd like to apoligize to the writer if I've 
inadvertantly changed a word or two in the transcribing here, as I was 
reading this off a blurry microfiche machine in a dark corner of PSU's 

[Note: This article also contained album reviews for Korn and Pet.]

"Mad at Everybody, Including Themselves"
John Pareles

	Tool inflates misanthropy and self-hatred to a symphonic scale 
on its second album "Aenima" (Zoo). "I'm not a burden anyone should 
bear," Maynard James Keenan sings in the album's opening song, but 
Tool determinably fills all 77 minutes of the CD, letting some songs 
stretch well beyond five minutes. Mr. Keenan croons in a troubled 
tenor and works himself into a shout, as he wishes naural disasters on 
Los Angelos, or snarls at a fan who accuse him of selling out. The 
band's brooding, muscular riffs recall Soundgarden,  and at times 
Jethro Tull, but the longer songs bring surprises. In "Eulogy" and 
"Pushit," as Tool works its way into drones and syncopation, the 
band's musicianship starts to overshadow its posturing.

Posted to t.d.n: 11/13/97 19:13:47