Slacker Logo



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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    7 songs

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    6 songs

    Progressive Rock

    Progressive Rock
    7 songs

    Alternative Party

    Alternative Party
    2 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Sober
  3.   Ænema
  4.   Forty Six & 2
  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.   10,000 Days (Wings, Pt. 2)
  21.   Right in Two
  22.   Pushit
  23.   Intolerance
  24.   Third Eye
  25.   Hooker With A Penis
  26.   Jimmy
  27.   Bottom by Henry Rollins
  28.   Wings for Marie, Pt. 1
  29.   Ticks & Leeches
  31.   Roseta Stoned
  32.   Hush
  33.   Useful Idiot
  34.   Jerk-Off
  35.   Part of Me
  36.   Sweat
  37.   Crawl Away
  38.   Ions
  39.   Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
  40.   Disposition
  41.   Cold and Ugly
  42.   Lipan Conjuring
  43.   Triad
  44.   Reflection
  45.   Parabol
  46.   Flood
  47.   Message to Harry Manback
  48.   Viginti Tres
  49.   Disgustipated
  50.   Intension
  51.   Mantra
  52.   Eon Blue Apocalypse
  53.   Cesaro Summability
  54.   Die Eier Von Satan
  55.   Intermission
  56.   Faaip de Oiad
  57.   Bottom
  58.   Message to Harry Manback, No. 2
  59.   No Quarter
  60.   Merkaba
  61.   You Lied
  62.   L.A.M.C.
  63.   Intro/The Weight
  64.   Fermentation
  65.   Crystalisation
  66.   First Fruits
  67.   Further Out
  68.   Fractured
  69.   Whole
  70.   Splinters
  71.   A Gathering In
  72.   Forging Anew
  73.   Pippi Longstocking
  74.   Aenema
  75.   A Quiet Kind of Rebellion
  76.   A Ravenous Appetite
  77.   From a Different Galaxy
  78.   Impressive Credentials
  79.   Intro/A Bulls**t-Free Zone
  80.   Kaleidoscopic Multi-Colour
  81.   Seizing the Day
  82.   Striking Cold
  83.   Striking out on Your Own
  84.   Substance Over Image
  85.   Aufregende Interviews
  86.   Konzert/Studioaufnahmen
  87.   4 Degrees
  88.   Lateralis
  89.   40
  90.   Aenima

Artists Related to Tool

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -