01. Part Of Me
The first Tool song I ever heard, it had me hooked, nice little drum intro then the bass kicks in, then into drop D tuned guitar which is used in the majority of their songs. It wraps around about 3 and a half minutes, a nice introduction. Maynard provides good vocals, 7/10.
The single off the Opiate EP, it portrayed the members of Tool naked with cencor signs over their privates. A funky bass introduces us to a more aggressive song by Maynard, he conveys a message in "I can't say what I want to even if I'm not serious", "just kill me... just kill me... just kidding.." obviously angry at censors. A superb track, 9/10.
Another recognizable song off the Opiate EP, the controversial issue of religion is dealt with here, whether about christian faith is yet to be properly analyzed. "Choices always were a problem for you, what you need is someone strong to guide you", saying how for instance, this person can't handle their own life, so, unable to be strong enough turns to someone else (eg. God) to tell them how to live, "Deaf and blinded, dumb and born to follow, what you need is someone strong to guide you, like me". Go to a Tool FAQ if wanting to learn more about the subject of this song. Simple music but effective, 8/10.
First single off Undertow, the group's first full length album, structured over a 2 chord guitar bit, metamorphasizes into an epic piece of Maynard's anger and brilliance. you will fall in love with this song but eventually it will grow off you after finding Tool's later work, 8/10.
05. Prison Sex
Tuned to drop B, this deals with the subject of abuse, Maynard was apparently abused as a child. Lyrical matter hard to tackle for first listeners, but it pictures out a perfect scenario in your head once you realise what MJK is talking about, and it proves to be a much more personal affair then bum-bum. A sweet song, shouldn't grow old anytime soon, 9/10.
"I shall not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do" - a line Maynard learnt in the army. This is the moral of the song, and at the start of the song, kicking off the album, is about 21 seconds of a kind of gurgling, drowning sound, setting the water theme for the Undertow album. A nice heavy track, one of my favourite Tool tracks over all, with a rather funny time signature at first but you'll get the groove soon, 9/10.
07. 4 Degrees
A nice sitar kind of sound on this track, will seem slow paced but once you notice the potential of this song, you wonder why it was never on the radio, but why would it need to be? Nice vocals from MJK, and bass work is good by Paul D'Amour, 7/10.
08. Crawl Away
One of the first songs the band wrote, this was being performed in Opiate times and was handed in as a demo. The best part of this is the double kick bridge, I can't get enough of it, Danny Carey shines on this song, and of course so does MJK, 8/10. (I would tell you about more of the songs off Undertow but it could end up being a really long article).
09. Stinkfist (track 1)
First single, first vid and opener for the classic Aenima album, wierd delayed kind of effects at the start, feedback, then boom hits you with full Tool. Maynard seems muffled in his words on first listen but you eventually figure the guy out. Pre-chorus is nice, and the chorus is a catchy melody you'll be humming for days. Fans of Tool are instant fans of this one, 9/10.
10. Aenima - 3rd single, and 2nd vid, the title track is one of Tool's more popular singles, people that listen to like black metal and isolate everything else know the lyrics to this song. the guitar and bass just flow off each other, while Danny plays hard and Maynard is ranting against smiley glad hands, hip gangsta wannabe's and insecure actresses. Should be one of the first songs you listen to if getting into Tool, 10/10.
11. 46 & 2
2nd single off Aenima, instantly recognisable bass intro, and Adams wall of distortion and open D comes crashing down. Once it dies down Maynard softly says his lyrics then it bursts into a full fledged chorus. 'My shadow, my shadow, changes coming through my shadow, my shadow, shedding skin, I've been picking my scabs again'. Another classic, shouldn't be skipped on your CD player, 9/10.
4th single off Aenima. These bass intros keep on coming, this time its full on distorted bass, wouldnt normally sound good, but fits right in with the Tool sound. A rather soothing verse and a clittle clicking drum beat go with the atmosphere of this song. This was one of my other first Tool songs, and I loved it. Another monumental chorus, one of the best bridges on the album, an awesome end section then it dies down to the first kind of atmosphere on the song, this is an epic Tool song of all proportions, you might get tired of it by overplaying though, so be warned, 9.5/10.
5th and final single off Aenima, this is another song apparently, that deals with religion, more so Jesus. But Maynard not one to be specific doesnt give exact detail to whom this song is about. But the lyrics seem to fit you know who's description pretty well "he had alot to say, he alot of nothing to say", "not all martyrs see divinity, but at least you tried" "come down, get off your fucking cross, we need the fucking space, to nail the next fool martyr", "to ascend you must die, you must be crucified, for our sins and our lies, good-bye" think for yourself. Accomponied by awesome instrumentals of course, this 8 minute epic was once my favourite Tool song until being knocked off by the next review... but don't let that put you off, this is an excellent song, 10/10.
Both versions. Originally on Aenima, then rehashed on Salival the live album, I had ignored this track for some time, but once I listened, I was drawn in. This song has yet to be beaten. It goes 5 seconds short of 10 minutes, make sure no one bothers you on this song. Not to be played as back ground music of any type, this needs to be turned up LOUD. Feel Maynards anger. Feel Adams giant D riffs, Justin's ploddy bass, Danny's awesome fills and rolls. Every bit is masterpiece. Not a song to listen to when first purchasing the album, just let it come to you... 11/10.
15. Third Eye
Influenced by the philosophies of Bill Hicks, Aenima, a wonderful ride of genius songs and instrumental work finishes off with something like this. Who would've thought that repeating the same words "prying open my third eye" 14 times through a song (4 at the 10 minute mark, 10 at the 13 minute mark) could be so effective!! A quote that stays in your head for quite some time without being melodic or rhythmic, just powerful! Adam Jones, a man who doesnt consider himself an actual guitarist, comes up with the most original bits on guitar! The solo at the end of this song is great, there is 2 in the whole song. if you feel you can stomach 13 minutes of raw power and anger, please enjoy your experience. Check out the Salival version too, 10/10.
16. Maynard's Dick
Off Salival, which, at least in my country of New Zealand is hard to find in stores. The 'hidden' track on the album, it is the only original piece of work the band did on it, and even though being 3 minutes something (unusual time for a Tool song post Opiate) they still pull it off like Aenima never happened. With an acoustic intro (yet another extremity for Tool), Maynard sings in a perculiar voice, yet it works for the occasion, and the chorus (slide a mile six inches at a time on Maynard's Dick) is verrry catchy. Ending in perfect Tool style (farting aside), this is another essential track, 8/10.
1st single off Lateralus. Probably the most well known Tool track due to its recognisable bass riff and the strange video. At this time Tool were becoming much more progressive-like, but still maintain the heavy metal side on such tracks as this one. A very well put together bridge then it breaks down to the nearly orchestral outro. "I know the pieces fit, cuz I watched them fall away", "cold silence has, a tendency to, atrophy any, sense of compassion" "between supposed lovers". All well known Maynard lyrics. First time listeners should have a place to call their own with this song, 10/10.
The 2nd single from Lateralus, the first 3 minutes are Parabol, then Parabola comes crashing down in all its pulsating power. just don't shy away when parabol comes on, this might fool you thinking Tool has gone soft, no no, it's just an intro, build up I should say to one of Tool's most epic singles and a general favourite of fans. Guitar work (drop BE) is particularly good, so look out for Adams work on this song. Awesome 9.5/10.
3rd single off Lateralus, but not accompanied by a video. A 9 minute CLASSIC Tool song with a nice little simple introduction while the drums slowly build up until, in typical fashion, everything comes to full power as the main riff explodes. "Black and white are, all I see, in my infacny, red and yellow have came to be, reachin out to me, let's be seen" are the first few words Maynard preaches in the tight drum and bass duo. Palm muted guitar comes in. Then the chorus "over-thinking, over-analyzing separates the body from the mind". With a lot of different sections plus wicked bass sliding in the end section you have to check out this song, afraid or not afraid. It will do you well, 11/10.
21. Ticks & Leeches
The only song Maynard will not occasionly perform live, it screwed up his voice in Lateralus recordings for 3 weeks, he knew it would happen so they recorded that song last. An absolute screamer for Maynard I'm surprised he can scream this good, it; s not his usual yell. Fast paced lyrics and an unforgettable, radio-like chorus make this one.. well... unforgettable. With a bridge that repeats the same awesome riff for over 2 minutes, you know there is going to be a break down... and there is! Tool's best break down is in this song let me tell you and Maynard goes off! the stand out overall is Danny's drumming this is his song to shine and he does it with ease. Fill's that will make you fill your pants, I'm telling you, 10/10.
22. The Grudge
The opening track for Lateralus in all it's genius, this song is a staple for live shows. 8 minutes strong, it is all you can expect of Tool, but in a fully renewed Lateralus style. With one of the stand out screams that has been performed in the last 10 years... 8 bars or something... not a song to be missed. LET GO, 9.5/10
22 minute epic split into 3 sections, Dispostion the intro, Reflection the main song, and Triad the outro. Disposition serves as the relaxing point of the album and meshes well with its counterpart. Reflection is the standout part in this trio, with nice synthesizer/guitar work from Adam and innovative drum techniques from Danny. One of the longer Tool songs in their resume, this is much more instrumental, but once vocals are provided it makes the song much more established. This doesn't seem like something Tool would do, but it comes up to a nice finish and you then let Triad kick in, leave you stunned and just BEGGING for the next Tool album.
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