Parabola Review

artist: Tool date: 02/19/2007 category: dvd

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Tool: Parabola
Release Date: Dec 20, 2005
The second of two Tool DVD singles issued in 2005 finds the group's guitarist/video director Adam Jones presenting another riveting short film, this time relying more on CGI animation than he has in the past to do the storytelling. "Parabola" was one of the more dramatic and engaging tracks on Lateralus and the video only helps to accentuate this notion tenfold.
 Sound: 10
 Content: 8.5
 Production Quality: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.5
Parabola Reviewed by: 444648, on august 03, 2006
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Tool has a sound that can not be compared to anyone (or anything.) When you hear a singer, you normally know what band they are from, but when you hear any member of Tool you already know what your listening to. Justin Chancellor, and D'Amor before Aenema, have such unique bass tones and styles that you can't imagine them in any other band. Danny Carey's drumming style is enough to give away a tool song. Maynards unique voice, and Adam Jones' guitar style and tone is a dead giveaway of what you're listening to. Justin Chancellors almost exclusive use of a pick on his bass guitar gives him a tone like no one else, and the imaginative use of the deep bass sounds for a melody and guitar being used as rythm is definetely a contribution to tools unique sound. Adam Jones' guitar in a bass amp trick gives him the most unique tone, ever! By running his Les Paul Custom Silverburt through a 1976 Marshall Bass non-master volume amp head he gets a tone that "doesn't come out of left field, but it comes out of some field I'd never heard of" in the words of Jello Biafra. Danny Carey's mixture of real drums and Mandala Electronic Drum Heads gives hime a unique sound for playing in the off the wall beat signatures that Tool uses so often. And Maynards multi-layered meanings with his lyrics, and overall just amazing voice tops the whole thing off. // 10

Content: When you turn on the DVD the first thing you see is a tool logo, which then fades into a kinda disturbing image of a medical school style muscle diagram, which, every few seconds, lights on fire. To the right of Mr. Creepy there are three eyes the top one takes you to the music video, the middle to the music video with "dual commentary by Jello Biafra" and the third eye takes you to a stillscreen of a kind of tunnel effect thing, where the Lustmord Remix plays. Jello Biafra commentary is hillarious, and for the first few minutes there are two Jello's talking on opposite channels (only for stereo audio systems) and by moving around the tv. you can hear different commentary's (kind of hard to explain.) The Lustmord remix is about what you would expect from Lustmord, solid creepy "Dark Ambient"-ness. After maybe a five minute lead of some type of chant singing, the ever so famous Parabol bass riff plays and slowly climaxes, very weird and I still haven't decided if I like it or not. Overall, the content left a little to be desired but not enough to be angry or anything. // 8

Production Quality: The business-men monsters in the first scene are definetely some of the best effects I have ever seen. The genius of Chet Zar truly brought these creepy things to life. Hydraulx CGI makes the transition between Parabol and Parabola scary as hell. The way that the video synchronizes with the audio as the seven sided star appears is just one of those things that everyone will find at least a bit creepy. The thing with the bouncing face (you'll know what I mean when you watch it) is definetely a bit weird, with a claymation style, and eyes that bear a strong resemblence to Penny from the Pee-Wee Herman series, which would be funny because the second song on 10,000 days is called Jambi. The guy with the antenna eyeballs has some cool makeup/costume design going on, and the transformation sequence, a composite of three Alex Gray Painting titled body mind and spirit is definetely well made. Overall, the video is amazingly well made and has quite a team of artists and designers working behind it. // 10

Overall Impression: By far the most impressive thing about this video is that you can watch it over and over and get a different message every time, sometimes music videos are so straight-forward that you always feel the same after you watch them, but Tool mixed plot with abstract genius and ended up with a video with emotions as variable as the song alone. There is really nothing here to dislike it is amazing and well worth the ten dollars. // 10

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overall: 9.3
Parabola Reviewed by: Kid Fisto, on february 19, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound of this video can be summed up by saying "Tool". It has all the elements that go into every Tool song and album: darkness, sweeping, whispering vocals, strange background samples, a booming bass end, and the impression that there's something interesting and mysterious tucked into every corner and behind every tree, rock, bush and crate. As usual, this video tells a story. What the story is about is entirely subjective and up for debate, as Tool rarely tells anyone what went through their heads when they made it. The one thing I can say for sure is that it brings up some very intersting thoughts and ideas; for example the base phrase of the entire song: "We are eternal, all this pain is an illusion". This could be interpreted in many ways, perhaps connecting to one part of Third Eye, which says "we are all one consciousness experiencing itelf subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves". Or it could mean that when we die we go to some sort of heaven or higher state, and realize that it was all an illusion. Anyhow, this video is one of the cooler and better put-together I've ever seen. // 10

Content: The DVD has 3 parts: the original Parabola music video, the remixed version, and the Commentary. It is not a Live DVD or a best of, simply a music video collection. I am very satisfied with the song list, I was expecting it only to be Parabola, but instead I got two extras. There's no extra stuff that I can find, but there's probably something in there somewhere. And you could say that the entire song is an enigma waiting to be solved. // 9

Production Quality: The production quality is very good, there are no flaws, the volume is a little low, but I blame that on my DVD drive. Everything comes out really soft. This one is considerably louder than some of my full-length movie DVDs. I don't know of the Tech used, it's not a Dual-Layer or HDDVD or Blu-ray or anything, so there's nothing cutting-edge. // 8

Overall Impression: It is impossible to compare Tool to any other artist. They are one-of-a-kind in every way. I'd say that the most impressive thing here is the video itself, as there's some of the best 3D animation I've ever seen. You'll think that the weird guys in the beginning and the cute little mask-faced guy in the middle were real. (Thank god the former isn't real). Anyhow all the videos are well made and very deep. I love the Videos in general, but the Remixed version seems to have lost something. If it were stolen, I'd just go buy another one. At four bucks, it's not like I really lost anything. In all, this DVD is a steal for the depth of coolness and surrealness that you get. I give huge props to Tool and their producers for making such a sweet thing. // 10

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