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Tool's greatest breakthrough was to meld dark underground metal with the ambition of art rock. Although Metallica wrote their multi-sectioned, layered songs as if they were composers, they kept their musical attack ferociously at street level. Tool didn't. They embraced the artsy, bohemian preoccupations of Jane's Addiction while they simultaneously paid musical homage to the relentlessly bleak visions of grindcore, death metal, and thrash. Even with their post-punk influences, they executed their music with the aesthetic of prog rock, alternating between long, detailed instrumental interludes and lyrical rants in their songs. Tool had a knack for conveying the strangled, oppressive angst that the alternative nation of the early '90s claimed as its own. So, Tool were able to slip into the definition of alternative rock during the post-Nirvana era, landing a slot on the third Lollapalooza tour in 1993, which helped their first full-length debut album, Undertow, rocket to platinum status. By the time the band delivered its belated follow-up, Ænima, in 1996, alternative rock had lost its grip on the mainstream of America, and Tool's audience had shaped up as essentially metal-oriented, which meant that the group and the record didn't capture as big an audience as their first album, despite debuting at number two on the charts. After a co-headlining slot with Korn on Lollapalooza '97 wrapped up, Tool remained on the road, supporting Ænima until well into the next year. During the band's usual extended hiatus between albums, Maynard James Keenan decided to use his downtime productively by forming a side project, dubbed A Perfect Circle. The band's 2000 debut, Mer de Noms, was a surprise hit, while the ensuing tour was a sold-out success as well. With Tool breakup rumors swirling, the band put the speculation to rest by re-entering the recording studio and issuing the stopgap B-sides/DVD set Salival late the same year. Finally, May 2001 saw the release of Tool's third full-length release, Lateralus, which debuted at the number one position on the Billboard album chart and became the band's biggest hit. After the obligatory several-year sabbatical to pursue other projects, the group returned with another chart-topper, 10,000 Days, in 2006. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Stations Featuring
Tool

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    7 songs

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    6 songs

    Progressive Rock

    Progressive Rock
    7 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    1 song

Albums by
Tool

Top Songs by
Tool

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Sober
  3.   Forty Six & 2
  4.   Ænema
  5.   Schism
  6.   Vicarious
  7.   Stinkfist
  8.   Prison Sex
  9.   H.
  10.   Jambi
  11.   The Pot
  12.   Lateralus
  13.   Eulogy
  14.   Parabola
  15.   Undertow
  16.   Opiate
  17.   The Grudge
  18.   The Patient
  19.   Swamp Song
  20.   Right in Two
  21.   10,000 Days (Wings, Pt. 2)
  22.   Pushit
  23.   Intolerance
  24.   Jimmy
  25.   Hooker With A Penis
  26.   Part of Me
  27.   Third Eye
  28.  
  29.   Flood
  30.   Hush
  31.   Bottom by Henry Rollins
  32.   Crawl Away
  33.   Sweat
  34.   Cold and Ugly
  35.   Wings for Marie, Pt. 1
  36.   Die Eier Von Satan
  37.   Jerk-Off
  38.   Reflection
  39.   Disgustipated
  40.   Message to Harry Manback
  41.   Disposition
  42.   Ticks & Leeches
  43.   Parabol
  44.   Ions
  45.   Roseta Stoned
  46.   Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
  47.   Triad
  48.   Mantra
  49.   Eon Blue Apocalypse
  50.   Lipan Conjuring
  51.   Faaip de Oiad
  52.   Useful Idiot
  53.   Intension
  54.   Intermission
  55.   Viginti Tres
  56.   Cesaro Summability

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