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.

Tool Praised By Metallica, RATM, Korn And Mastodon Members
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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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    ETID666
    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
    dedbrane
    this one time at band camp, i saw maynard...
    Dimarzio45
    Yeah. You were sucking his cock.
    dedbrane
    no need for hate. you, sir, have a good day.
    iommi600
    But dedbrane... I SAID GOOD DAY!
    Dimarzio45
    I'm proud someone earned top rank in this post for my ***** statement. I CAN make a difference. hahaha
    risewtf2
    In other words, "Metallica, RATM, Korn, and Mastodon Members have Common Sense"
    duncang
    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.
    CoreysMonster
    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.
    Funnyname99
    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.
    Krauser
    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.
    Abacus11
    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.
    RKOStyles
    "It's like asking a snail what it thinks of space travel" I'd be pretty interested to hear that opinion.
    vikkyvik
    Clearly you haven't talked to any snails recently. They are quite fond of space travel.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Clearly, you're a moron if you've heard Tremonti's work and called it "uninspired".
    rocklee1431
    There's too much unguided Tremonti hate.
    hotdogs585
    not that its unguided, he polluted the airwaves long enough with creed and that other creed wannabe band alter bridge
    rocklee1431
    I mostly agree that Creed was garbage, but it's way too obvious you haven't listened to Alter Bridge.
    hotdogs585
    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.
    latinromans
    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.
    hotdogs585
    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.
    CrackTheSkye
    Why so many people talking about Tool? Interviews for a possible documentary or what?
    ihartfood
    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.
    Paperjace
    They're are two many grammatical errors in this hear article.
    LastBaron
    'here' lol as I'm sitting here like a jack ass about to post all these corrections to your post... icwutudidthere
    TOOLeffingTOOL
    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.
    ibanez124
    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.
    awsomebadas5
    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
    Sir-Shredalot
    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
    rebreh
    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
    goochmaster15
    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.
    travislausch
    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?
    hotdogs585
    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.
    third(-)eye
    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.
    hotdogs585
    touche, i gotta say you are starting to change my view on tool's fanbase though.