Tool Praised By Metallica, RATM, Korn And Mastodon Members

Check out what the likes of Tom Morello, Rob Trujillo, James "Munky" Shaffer and Mastodons Bill Kelliher had to say about Tool.

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In over 20 years long career, Tool has proven itself as one of the most crucial and influential bands of the 21st century. Never following trends and always focusing on creativity and art has become somewhat of a trademark for these guys, so it's no wonder they have some of the most devoted fans in the world.

The fact that they've only released 4 albums in 23 years goes to show that Tool always strives to perfection and never rushes things when it comes to music. Their new studio album is probably one of the most anticipated releases at the moment, but it is still unknown whether it will come out in 2013 all.

But apart from their fans, Tool is also praised by some of the most prominent rock and metal musicians of today. So in an exclusive Artist Direct column, the likes of Tom Morello, Robert Trujillo, Bill Kelliher and Devin Townsend shared their opinions on the band, unanimously praising their work.

When asked to share their thoughts on Tool, first time they heard them and tell us what does Tool mean to them, here is what they had to say.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine): "I saw Tool at their very first show. There was a band called Green Jello, who later changed its name to Green Jelly, and Danny Carey was the drummer. Maynard sometimes worked with them and lived in this loft where a lot of musicians lived in Los Angeles. Tool actually had their first show in that loft! A couple of the other guys from Rage Against the Machine were at the gig too, when we had just started writing songs. Maynard had been my roommate for a while, and I had grown up with Adam. I'll be frank. We did not have the highest expectations for what was going to occur at that loft gig and we went kind of as 'friend rock' [Laughs]. They were devastatingly awesome from the very first show though. There's no other way to say it. They were just awesome. It was unbelievable."

Robert Trujillo: "My little boy loves Tool! When I take him to school, we're playing Tool all the time, so I definitely connect with them. There's a lot of bass in that group, which is nice. They're a great band for a bass player to listen to. So believe it or not, my son and I are going through a big Tool phase! It includes every record too."

James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn): "There are so many great elements that Tool has. I like that they'll sit and simmer on one or two riffs for a while. It makes your imagination start to grow like a bacteria. It takes you to these dark places, and you start to visualize a lot. I think Adam Jones syncs up with what he's seeing visually. I always loved that they kept everything quiet. There aren't very many interviews. It's really hard to find any press on them. We toured with them on Lollapalooza 1997. I got really sick with Meningitis, and we had to drop off the tour. Each night they'd go on, Maynard would quiet the whole crowd down to send me some positive energy to get me better. That was really nice. When I heard about that, I started to feel better. My favorite record would probably 10,000 Days. The have a way of putting the visual and the audio together and making exciting records. The packaging was incredible with the stereoscopic lens."

Bill Kelliher (Mastodon): "I had never really seen them live until we started touring with them. When I was a kid and they first came around, there was a lot of hype in the underground about them. There was no information on them though. They didn't do any interviews. I was like, 'These guys are so secretive!' It reminded me of the old days when I used to listen to Dead Kennedys a lot. Obviously back then, there was no Internet and none of that shit to follow your favorite bands on. I really liked Tool's mystique. There songs are great. Maynard is a fucking monster. He's awesome. I was always very intrigued by Tool. When we got the offer to do the tour, I was more than excited for sure. Undertow would be my favorite Tool record. There's something really special about all of their records. Their songs keep getting longer and longer, which is really crazy. They play them on the radio. Every time we do a song, someone is like, 'That's your single you have to cut it up into this formula'. I'm always like, 'Why? Tool doesn't do that!' [Laughs]"

Joe Duplantier (Gojira): "I saw the video for 'Sober' on TV, and I was like, 'Wow, what is this?' I'm a big Tool fan. 10,000 Days is my favorite record. The first time I heard it, I didn't get it. I forced myself to listen to it two times in a row. Then, I fell asleep with the album repeating, and I spent the whole night with the album in my ears. Maybe that's why I got addicted! I heard it six or seven times in one night. It got to my brain very deeply. Now, I'm addicted [Laughs]."

Mark Tremonti: "I first discovered Tool when I saw the 'Sober' video. That was my first exposure to the band, and I was instantly hooked on Maynard's vocals, Danny's drumming, and the incredible creativity in their music videos. It is impossible for me to choose which album is my favorite because each album has its own unique vibe and memorable moments in them."

Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan): "The first time I heard them was the music video for "Sober". I watched so much MTV at that time. I was enamored with all of the bands coming out. Being a kid watching MTV, that time period was amazing. There was one great band after another Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Pearl Jam. Every day there was a new exciting band coming out. Being 10 to 13-years-old, I was like, 'Oh my God!' I didn't really get into Tool until Aenima though. When I heard 'Stinkfist', I thought, 'Wow, this is really next level musically!' They were the first band that I saw really trying to preserve themselves artistically. I latched on to how much they didn't do. They didn't do anything normally. They weren't in their videos. They never did whacky tours with shitty bands. They refused to do anything that wasn't exactly in line with their aesthetic. That really stuck with me more so than it musically influenced me. I realized what you don't do is as much if not more important than what you do."

Devin Townsend: "I just started getting into Tool. I listened to them during Opiate. That's when I was first introduced to them, but I feel out. I heard Lateralus the other day, and I was like, 'That's a really good record!' It's taken me a long time to get into them though."

Misha Mansoor (Periphery): "I love 'Aenima' and 'Lateralus'. The first time I heard them was when I was around 14- or 15-years-old. I started out on drums, and I remember thinking Danny Carey was God's gift to drumming. I was like, 'What the hell is this guy doing?' I still love his playing. I think that band is awesome."

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides): "I remember the first time I saw Tool was late at night on MTV. My cousin was babysitting me, and it was a video where my Maynard was all fucking crazy looking. I thought that was really awesome."

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    I saw tool at bonnaroo when tom morello came out during lateralus and played the solo which of course melted my face off my skull
    this one time at band camp, i saw maynard...
    Yeah. You were sucking his cock.
    no need for hate. you, sir, have a good day.
    But dedbrane... I SAID GOOD DAY!
    I'm proud someone earned top rank in this post for my ***** statement. I CAN make a difference. hahaha
    In other words, "Metallica, RATM, Korn, and Mastodon Members have Common Sense"
    You could boil half of those quotes down to 'Yeah man, the 90s. Drumming!' Phenomenal band but I hope whoever's putting these quotes together got some better insight. On another note, it's been six and a half years and people are still calling Intension 'filler', as if it's only a proper song when there's a bit of distortion. One of the best things they've ever done in my books.
    Right on. Intension is a great song. The only really "filler" tracks 10k Days has are Lipan Conjuring and Viginti Tres, and at least Lipan Conjuring is still a form of song and not just a minute of nothing like Useful Idiot.
    Intention was the first tool song i ever learned. i was really proud of myself considering id been playing for four months. cranck up the reverb and make your guitar wail... its a beautiful song.
    I love intension... I wasn't even aware that people thought it was filler. It's 7 and a half minutes of musical bliss as far as I'm concerned and in the context of the album, it's truly haunting. And the last little bass run at the end is one of my favorite lines in all of Tool's music. It's great.
    Pretty cool article - but who honestly cares what Mark Tremonti or the d-bag from Black Veil Brides thinks about Tool? Boring, uninspired musicians like that represent everything opposite of what Tool does. It's like asking a snail what it thinks of space travel.
    "It's like asking a snail what it thinks of space travel" I'd be pretty interested to hear that opinion.
    Clearly you haven't talked to any snails recently. They are quite fond of space travel.
    Clearly, you're a moron if you've heard Tremonti's work and called it "uninspired".
    There's too much unguided Tremonti hate.
    not that its unguided, he polluted the airwaves long enough with creed and that other creed wannabe band alter bridge
    I mostly agree that Creed was garbage, but it's way too obvious you haven't listened to Alter Bridge.
    I've heard what was played on the radio. If those were the songs they decided was arguably their best tracks then I have no interest in wasting my time with the rest of their catalog.
    I don't know them but they put everyones shittiest tracks on the radio, if I went by what I heard there I would still think MGMT was a simplistic synth pop band (there poppy but **** any music I can find fantastically interesting after listening to experimental prog all day is good shit, listen to "of moons, birds & monsters" if you doubt there songwriting chops). The songs that get on the radio are usually the catchiest simplest songs that are the least threatening to mainstream sensibility's so you can't expect to find a bands good shit on radio, black hole sun got a lot more play than jesus christ pose but I think most soundgarden fans agree that jesus christ pose is a thoroughly kick ass song and just as or more deserving of radio time than black hole sun.
    First off, rock radio sucks anyway. The bands on there (Alter Bridge included) have no real artistic control anyway. I like the bands that stick to the DIY ethic. I was really into MGMT when they were known as "The Management." Oracular Spectacular was a solid album. I didn't care for their follow-up. You're forgetting one thing about that Jesus Christ Pose/Black Hole Sun issue. Black Hole Sun was actually a damn good song, overplayed to hell, but still a good song and without it A LOT of people wouldn't have even found out about Badmotorfinger. They also released MY Wave as a single which is one of SG's best. I've been listening to music long enough to know what I like. And I know that it takes more than a new singer for the guys from creed to make a good album. i have an idea of what it sounds like. overproduced mainstream garbage redneck hard rock like seether, shinedown, puddle of mud, crossfade, 3 days grace, and trapt. no thanks.
    Why so many people talking about Tool? Interviews for a possible documentary or what?
    Well I mean they haven't released an album in god knows how long and there's some serious talk of one right now. People are excited.
    They're are two many grammatical errors in this hear article.
    'here' lol as I'm sitting here like a jack ass about to post all these corrections to your post... icwutudidthere
    A lot of time, effort and thought put into every release. That is what makes Tool so amazing. Never cutting corners with any aspect. Also, they have an element which cannot be measured, a certain "vibe" they give off. IMO.... of course.
    There are some Bands that write a song on every riff that pops in their head. Where as Tool does it the right way, crafting their final product until it sounds f***ing brilliant.
    i dont get that Andy Biersack, out of tools 9 music videos, they are shown on only 1 (hush) and tey are just standing naked for 3 minutes, so i duno either he forgot, or he thinks standing naked is 'crazy lookin', or maby hes just full of shit, i mean he is prety much the exzact opposite of tool
    I think Tool may be releasing a new album soon. I know, Maynard said no and the scooter accident, but there has been a strange amount of press recently around the band. I'm not saying that Tool is perpetuating the hype, but I ain't saying that they ain't perpetuating not saying that tool is perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool is perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool ain't perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool is perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool ain't perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool is perpetuating the hype but i ain't saying that tool is perpetuating the hype.....LIKE A SPIRAL TILL THE END
    Tool are one of the very few bands who haven't put out a shirty album. I can't think of many other bands.. Beatles etc
    I really don't see why Tool is so well praised, I've tried to listen to their stuff and I just can't get into it. I guess it's just me, but I don't find them very special.
    Tool is usually praised for their creative approach to musical composition, their musicianship, and some people just like them cause they're "heavy". But I guess you've never asked a person who likes something you don't why they do in earnest?
    I like their first 3 releases but other than that they're overrated. the majority of what people praise them for is "oh they're so mysterious, weird, out there, and deep. they rarely do interviews or show their faces in videos" they're not THAT deep or weird, just REALLY over hyped
    Dead Eye Dick
    I'd like to know, at what point you just decided that people cared at all for your opinion.
    It is an opinions forum. Why is his opinion less welcome than yours or mine? I still disagree with it, but he has every right to voice it.
    touche, i gotta say you are starting to change my view on tool's fanbase though.
    What was the point of this? Musicians like Tool? Thanks for sharing..
    Enjoy the goddamn article. Not everything has to news, per say. If this article is a waste of time why are you bothering to waste more by commenting? I don't know why people like you leave comments.
    Now see, stop with his 'If you don't like it, don't comment.' logic. Everyone can comment whatever the **** they please, and he comments that this article was pointless. His choice right? The real waste of space here is comments like yours, which is redundant and honestly annoying.
    "10,000 Days is my favorite record." WHAT?! That records has SO much filler. It's interesting filler, but even still.
    some of its necessary i thought. intension is a cool 'filler' track i really enjoy. and lost keys is to rosetta stoned what wings for marie is to 10,000 days. i couldve done without lipan conjuring and viginti tres however. i think its my favourite tool record, but ive really been into aenima lately
    Well, I don't have a problem with it. It's just that Aenima's filler, for instance, works better.
    i know what your getting at, and i agree to an extent. the beauty of tool is that they make their filler work so its not really pointless and doesn't take away from the rest of the record
    I could've done without Lipan Conjuring as well, however Viginti Tres is essential to the album. Listening to the noises at the same time as both Wings for Marie and 10,000 Days, creates an intersting rhythm and new look at it. I personally thought there was less filler on 10K than on Aenima.
    10,000 days has a lot less filler than Aenima. 10,000 days had Lipan Conjuring as a break in the middle, and some noise at the end. Aenima had Useful Idiot, Message to Harry Manback, Intermission, Die Eier Von Satan, Cesaro Summability, and Ions.
    Not unless you consider Wings 1 or Intension filler, which I don't; Wings part 1 is just the first part of a two- part song, and Intension is a great song in its own right, kind if like Disposition on Lateralus.
    Disposition was always one of my favorite tracks. I really dug the backed-off intensity after Lateralus.
    Not much of a Tool fan myself, but I do think Maynard is a great vocalist in A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. I'm gonna try to get the new Tool record if it ever comes out to see if it changes my opinion though. Any suggestions for good Tool songs that might help me become a fan?
    Well if you're a "metalhead" like your name suggests, I would say "Vicarious", "AEnema", "Sober", and "Ticks and Leeches". That's one from each of their albums.
    I would try listening to "Lateralus", "Vicarious", "46 and 2", "Hush", Part of Me", and "Bottom". It doesn't matter what order you listen to these songs. Don't worry about analyzing the songs either. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy. If you like the songs, buy the albums-- Do not steal the music. Just support the band. :
    "They never did whacky tours with sh*tty bands." Melt-Banana
    aka the only good/unique/fun/interesting band to open for tool.
    So King Crimson isn't a good/unique/fun/interesting band?
    they're ok, i dont think they're anything spectacular or really interesting. i should rephrase my comment as "ONE of the only good bands to open for tool" i realized that the melvins and fantomas also opened for them as well. but i was mostly referring to bands like meshuggah, wovenhand, jakob and peach. yawn.
    "they're ok, i dont think they're anything spectacular or really interesting" Red. That is all. I should also point out that they're like Tool's biggest influence besides maybe Pink Floyd.
    im just giving my opinion, so i dont really care about being downvoted...or the fact that KC is tool's biggest influence. i guess people think that makes them phenomenal. KC definitely hasn't influenced me in any way.
    "i guess people think that makes them phenomenal." People think they're phenomenal because they ARE phenomenal, and have been since probably before your parents were born. King Crimson has probably influenced most of your favourite bands in some way, and in many cases, a very visible way. If you're into metal, prog, or hard rock at all, you owe a lot to Crimson. For their time, they were the prog-metal band. You can dislike their music all you want, but claiming that the only reason people like them is because they're a Tool influence is incredibly short-sighted and ignorant.
    Actually my parents were King Crimson fans so they definitely werent around before they were born (what does that have to do with anything again?). I dont think the only reason most people like them is because theyre a tool influence. i think most TOOL FANS only like them because theyre a tool influence. I'm sure theyve influenced a lot of bands but they never wrote a song that i really loved...sorry, I'm more a fan of Procol Harum, The Mars Volta, The Crainium, etc. No I don't owe King Crimson anything. Just bc they've been an influence doesn't mean anything to me. You know who else was an influence on Tool? Joni Mitchell. By your logic you owe her too.
    What's wrong with Joni Mitchell? Just cause she's not rock doesn't make her bad.
    Nothing's wrong with Joni Mitchell, I'm not really a fan of her though. If you're implying that I'm not a fan of hers bc she isn't "rock" don't even start that debate because that is not even remotely true.
    I loved King Crimson a LONG time before I ever got into TooL. But that's besides the point; both are incredibly talented bands that have impacted musicians for years to come. Not all TooL fans like or love King Crimson regardless if they are an influence. I do however.
    I'm sure they have impacted musicians for years to come, just not me. I was generally speaking when I said Tool fans love king crimson because they were one of tool's influences. If tool released their new album and said "Katy Perry was a huge influence on this record" Tool fans would suddenly start liking Katy Perry
    I'd say he owes nothing to anybody. You buy a project, you listen. He's not obligated to give praise to anybody he doesn't like. It's also short-sighted and ignorant to believe Tool has little to do with KC's recent popularity. The younger half of Tool fans would have never even heard of KC if it wasn't for them. Denying that would just be stupid.
    Second Rate
    You're a tool fan, and a mars volta fan yet you claim king crimson hasn't influenced you in any way? Excuse me, i have to go get my handkerchief as i've just burst into tears with laughter. Both of those bands are heavily influenced by King Crimson, therefore... King Crimson have influenced you (however indirectly). In some instances, Mars Volta is so damn derivative of King Crimson it leads one to wonder where their career would have been if Fripp and co. had never released "Lark's Tongues in Aspic." Also, as an aside... i like Tool, but I can't seriously be the only one who thought 10,000 Days was a load of garbage.
    I'm definitely not a die-hard tool fan. I mean I like the majority of their music but not to an extreme. As for TMV, I like their music even though they do get pretentious at times. I think they're way more fun and interesting to watch live than Tool or King Crimson. King Crimson never really entertained me. The Mars Volta had personality and presence that KC lacked. If KC never existed I MIGHT be happier. Maybe then Cedric and Omar would've remained in At-The Drive In who were way more entertaining than TMV ever was.
    And yes, I'm with you on the 10,000 days thing. I thought it sounded like Lateralus B-sides.
    Amazing band that deserve all the praise they get, imo. Fell in love with them eversince i first heard Schism.
    It really is strange...I recently just started getting into Tool also and I don't know why it took me this long to get into them.
    laterlous was my first album i bougt in 2000 or mabye it was deftones not sure i never gave a shit before there music wasn;t avbout doing cid
    I like how to some extent they all talked about music, and then the guy from BVB talks about how he liked the frontman's appearance. There's both a gay joke, and a talentless-pretty boy joke in there.
    Howcome they left out Robb Flynn's, Aaron Lewis's and Adam Gontier's comments, yet included that Andy Ballsack guy who had nothing insightful to say anyway?
    Lateralus was the first album I went out of my way to purchase. I don't listen to them nearly as much as I used to, but I definitely respect their music. The speed at which they release it, on the other hand...
    Even is their names weren't next to those comments I'd still be able to guess which one was from BVB.
    And someone please tell me of any other side projects that might be cool. I forgot to post that in my last comment.
    nothing really great with their side projects, APC had a couple of good songs but you probably know that.
    Dude APC are ****ing brilliant. Give Thirteenth Step multiple listens, it's really one of the best albums of the 2000's.
    Trust me I bought that album 3 or 4 days after it was released (I wouldve bought it sooner if it weren't for hurricane Isabel) and I have gave it way more than multiple listens. Being in 9th grade, I liked it at the time but listening to it again I'm just not as impressed with it. There's definitely some good songs on there though.
    A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step and Mer De Noms are both great, as well as Puscifer's Conditions of My Parole and C is For (insert). Puscifer is a completely different style from APC and Tool though.