The 20 greatest Tool Songs – Ranked

Three decades in, we rank Tool’s best songs: all the way from Opiate to Fear Inoculum…

From Kerrang

In many ways, Tool’s back catalogue – a collection of songs three decades in the making yet only five albums deep – is less a discography to be listened to and more of a puzzle to be solved. Together, drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor (or his predecessor Paul D’Amour), guitarist Adam Jones and vocalist Maynard James Keenan are a band apart. It’s not just in the deep, dense, vertiginously complex music they make, either, but in their often contrarian approach to conducting the business of being in a band; their unwillingness to be steered by their own success, and their insistence on delivering greatness on their own stubborn terms. Following their story step by step, song by song is the only path to enlightenment for their (many) obsessive devotees.

So many of their individual compositions work as effective standalones, however. Sometimes they’re microcosms of the greater entity, but more often they’re detailed fragments reflecting back vibrant perspectives on art, humanity and society as a whole.

We’ve charted our top 20 here. Be warned, however, give these as spin and they’ll drag you in…

20. HOOKER WITH A PENIS (ÆNIMA, 1996)

The story endures of singer Maynard James Keenan being confronted by a fan who claimed to have been a Tool fan since their first EP, but had been disgusted by their “selling out.” Maynard’s response? To remind the fan that he’s part of the problem for buying their records in the first place. Shamelessly censor-baiting title aside, this was a rebuke of the sheer mindlessness of the phonies and fools in their fanbase who think that finding success necessarily puts artists at odds with their hardcore followers. Arriving when it did, the song was key, too, to reminding those fans that for all their increasingly proggy flourishes, the band were still fuelled by the filth and fury of that punk spirit within.

19. OPIATE (OPIATE, 1992)

Kickstarting a long history of merging philosophy and prog metal, the title-track from Tool’s debut EP fleshes Karl Marx’s hypothesis that “Religion is opium for the masses” into a provocative, eight-and-a-half minute exploration of society’s need for figureheads to follow. ‘Choices always were a problem for you,’ Maynard teases. ‘What you need is someone strong to guide you / Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow / what you need is someone strong to use you…’ The ’90s alt. influence is strong here, but it’s always interesting to see how they drew it out into such a sprawling song structure. That climactic ‘RAPE YOU!’ still raises goosebumps to this day.

18. EULOGY (ÆNIMA, 1996)

Would you die for me? Don’t you fuckin’ lie!’ Eulogy certainly isn’t the easiest listen in the Tool catalogue. Taking four minutes (of an eight-and-a-half minute runtime) to really get going, it showcases the quartet’s songwriting at its most awkward and contrarian. When it does get going, though, the band build on a staccato foundation with one of their most compelling compositions. So, who is this Eulogy for? Although there is potent Christian imagery at play, it’s evidently metaphorical, with various interviews and reports over the years naming everyone from Kurt Cobain to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Not a fond farewell, regardless.

17. PNEUMA (FEAR INOCULUM, 2019)

If any criticism could be reasonably levelled at Tool’s fifth album (aside, of course, from the interminable wait for it to actually see the light of day) it would be that it seemed almost too inwardly-focused, obsessing over the band’s mythos and the weight of expectation borne by such a long gestated opus. Along with 7empest (more on that later), Pneuma is able to stand apart from all that, recycling the band’s long pored-over sharpness and creative ingenuity into a track that feels unapologetically new. With its title a reference to respiration, the song charts the process of yogic meditation, drawing the listener deeper within themselves. A special mention for drummer Danny Carey’s out-of-this-world percussive performance, too.

16. PRISON SEX (UNDERTOW, 1993)

If you’d only heard Tool’s latter-day material, the provocatively titled sub-five-minute slammer Prison Sex would be hardly recognisable. A staccato alt.rock earworm that openly owes debts to the contemporary grunge and funk-rock scenes of the time, it arrives with almost ass-shaking attitude. Perversely, though, it charts a downward spiral of child abuse, with guitarist Adam Jones crafting a nightmarish, hugely controversial music video that directly addresses the subject as Maynard writhes in a pool of vitriol and catharsis.

15. JAMBI (10,000 DAYS, 2006)

On an album that – for all its power – tends to err towards ponderousness, Jambi is a jarring standout to cleanse the palette and rouse the entranced soul. Named, with both knowing absurdity and heartbreaking poignancy, after the magic genie who granted wishes on Pee-Wee Herman’s Playhouse, it finds Maynard plumbing the darkest depths of his psyche, bargaining with the titular Jambi for just one more day with his departed mother as rock-breaking riffage pummels the background.

14. THIRD EYE (ÆNIMA, 1996)

A fellow celebrity outsider with a reputation built on unwavering honesty, outside the box thinking and bone-dry wit – it’s hardly surprising that late comedian Bill Hicks was a marked influence on Tool as a young band. Following his passing (and the lost opportunity to work together), Tool closed out their third album with this 14-minute epic, starting with a direct sample of his The War On Drugs monologue (“See, I think drugs have done some good things for us, I really do…”) before opening out as a multi-part exploration on opening the pineal gland – that proverbial ‘third eye’, deep in the centre of the brain. A daring statement from artists ascending.

13. SOBER (UNDERTOW, 1993)

If there’s an argument that with their increasingly big ideas, Tool have lost at least part of their their laser focus and bleeding edge attack, then this is the song with which to make it. Inspired by an unnamed artistic acquaintance struggling with addiction (‘Why can’t we drink forever?’), its intense five-minute span is comprised of unashamed alt.metal bombast and lyrics no less compelling or complex for their refusal to dance around their subject matter. All the better for it, too.

12. STINKFIST (ÆNIMA, 1996)

How many bands are out there with the subversive intelligence, unwavering nerve and sheer unhinged chutzpah to open their ‘difficult second album’ straight-faced with a song about anal fisting? Reckon you could count their number on one hand? We wager it’d take just a single (moderately malodorous) finger. Although their music landed without a hint of fratboy puerility, Tool didn’t even try to hide their mischievousness. If people were too blind – or simply too stunned – to pick up on the title Stinkfist, Maynard’s ‘cheeky’ chorus refrain of ‘Relax, turn around, take my hand…’ laid the meaning grubbily bare. Taking the piss. These lads were dragging out the shit as well…

11. VICARIOUS (10,000 DAYS, 2006)

Although critical consensus has largely concluded that Tool are far to gnostic to be considered heralds of societal downfall, it’s almost impossible not to look at lyrics like, ‘Eye on the TV / ’Cause tragedy thrills me…’ and revisit the timeline from 2006 to the internet-driven heartlessness of today. On the other hand, there is a timelessness – from citizens filling the coliseum to crowds gathered round the gallows to the internet voyeurs of today – about people’s craving to vicariously experience pain and suffering, too. A clockwork instrumental composition, only just bubbling under, lands with the same dualist sense of modernity and timelessness.

10. THE GRUDGE (LATERALUS, 2001)

If Lateralus is Tool’s map of the path to enlightenment, its spring-loaded opener is a powerful invitation to take that first step of letting go. ‘Wear the grudge like a crown of negativity,’ Maynard dares us. ‘Calculate what we will or will not tolerate / Desperate to control all and everything…’ Tightly wound like a panic attack for its thumping first five minutes, the song explodes in a swell of fiery catharsis and sweet relief in its own closing act. The most substantial album opener in the history of rock? Quite possibly.

9. 7EMPEST (FEAR INOCULUM, 2019)

When 7empest was unveiled last year, it was heralded not only as that long overdue fifth album’s crowning achievement, but also that of guitarist Adam Jones’ career with the band. It’s not hard to see why. Clocking in at a staggering 15 minutes and 45 seconds, it’s a dark tower that springs into view almost unexpectedly in the album’s final stretch – building from a passage of deceptively insubstantial noodling into a raging storm of sound. From the moment that pulse-quickening first wave of distortion hits around 80 seconds in, you know you’re in for something special. It’s one hell of a ride as listeners – and Adam’s bandmates – scramble to keep pace on the rollercoaster that follows.

8. THE POT (10,000 DAYS, 2006)

When Justin Bieber of all people decided to post the lyrics to this pivotal track from 2006’s 10,000 Days last July, it sent the internet and metal communities into a frenzy, prompting Maynard to respond simply “#bummer” on Twitter before later backtracking to issue a sort-of apology to the Canadian popstar. What most people seemed to ignore in the furore, though, was what it said about how much Tool had infected the mainstream in the 13 years since The Pot became their first mainstream rock chart-topper. A typically venomous rebuke against modern hypocrisy (The Pot calling the kettle black and all that…), this delivered the same blend of intellectualism, accessibility and mind-bending mass appeal that Christopher Nolan would later bring to the silver screen.

7. ÆNEMA (ÆNIMA, 1996)

Some say the end is near,’ rages Maynard, blending the apocalyptic and the sardonic on Aenima’s almost-title-track. ‘Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon I certainly hope we will I sure could use a vacation from this…’ influenced by Bill Hicks’ legendary Arizona Bay skit, this epic rages against everyone from the Hollywood elite to gangster wannabes to Scientologists with boundless creativity and real bile. A combination of ‘anima’ (the Latin term for ‘soul’, often associated to the ideas of life force) and ‘enema’ (the medical procedure of rectal irrigation), the name itself points at the fine line between high-mindedness and toilet humour. And is there a reason the ‘i’ has been swapped for an ‘e’ from album to song? Fuck knows.

6. SCHISM (LATERALUS, 2001)

I know the pieces fit ’cause I watched them fall away…’ After five years away – at that point, an age for Tool fans who were yet to comprehend the band’s ongoing, first-hand lesson in the elasticity of time – Schism was the introduction to their new reality. Chock full of brain teasing time signatures and semi-ambiguous lyrical themes that seem to reference divisions within the Christian church it may have been, but what really took listeners aback was the sheer beauty with which it was delivered. That fluid bass riff will live forever in the memory, but the ethereal textures and defiantly positivist bombast are the hallmarks of a band rising above the petty pessimism of the past.

5. WINGS FOR MARIE (PT 1)/10,000 DAYS (WINGS PT 2) (10,000 DAYS, 2006)

Although they’re separate tracks on the album itself, this pair of tracks at the heart of Tool’s fourth album deserve to be experienced as a single, 17-minute sprawl. Offering an unprecedentedly personal perspective into Maynard’s mindset, it charts the tragedy of his mother who was left paralysed by a cerebral aneurysm in 1976, when the singer was only 11 years old, and eventually passed away in 2003. The 10,000 days of the title are an approximation of the time that passed in between. Although relatively lightweight in comparison to the majority of the band’s catalogue, the ambience is charged with grief and existential reckoning. One of the most potently heartfelt tracks in all of progressive metal.

4. PUSHIT (ÆNIMA, 1996)

Victims of domestic abuse can find themselves pulled apart by the horrible duality of the situation in which they find themselves: the tension between love and the deeper understanding that they deserve more than the violence with which their relationship has presented them. ‘Remember I will always love you / As I claw your fucking throat away,’ Maynard rages, plunging himself into the mindset for one of his most thrilling performances that crashes like waves, with crests as shimmering as a daydream and troughs that hit like a punch to the gut. A delirious masterpiece that proved how evocative Tool’s music can be, while proving they would not shy away from reality’s more serrated edges.

3. PARABOLA (LATERALUS, 2001)

There’s a case that Parabola should be considered along with its soothing preamble Parabol as another epic composition split across two tracks. While we would strongly recommend that the songs are experienced together, it’s the second half that lives longest in the memory. Its title toys with mathematics again – a parabola being a symmetrical, U-shaped curve, whose ascent mirrors its descent – but the song itself stresses the importance of self reflection. Told from the perspective of someone who has come to the realisation that the body is but a meaty vessel for the soul, the song builds to a thrashing release in line with that ultimate spiritual liberation.

2. FORTY SIX & 2 (ÆNIMA, 1996)

The human genetic makeup traditionally comprises 46 chromosomes, but legendary philosopher Carl Jung believed that we would eventually develop an additional pair, bringing the total to 48 – the mutation that would mark the next meaningful development for humankind. It’s hardly surprising that it’s an idea Tool were taken with, ruminating on how our negative traits and lesser instincts could hold us back from making the leap as a whirling storm of Eastern-influenced atmospherics and pounding riffage circles overhead. Still a live favourite today, the unbridled focus, dynamism and ambition at play remain proof that Tool are still an evolutionary step ahead of their peers.

1. LATERALUS (LATERALUS, 2001)

As much as Tool’s (rare) critics point to songs like Lateralus as irrefutable proof of their pretentiousness – deployment of the Fibonacci sequence knowingly drawing comparisons with maestros like Mozart and Da Vinci – the sheer verve with which they combine maths and music on the title-track of their third LP equally exemplifies everything that makes them great. Like the outward spiral of the sequence itself, the song feels like an irresistible 10-minute escalation; time signatures and lyrical puzzles ticking away, through to a crescendo of overwhelming trippiness. Confirmation, if it were ever needed, that Tool fans’ patience will be rewarded with nothing less than sheer mastery.

It’s hard to see the members of Tool when the band plays live, but it sure is thrilling to hear them

Tool performed Monday at Capital One Arena. No photos were allowed, but most of the visuals were just animated insects and aliens anyway.

Dal Washington Post.

Resistant rock stars Tool, who rarely tour and record even less, came by Capital One Arena on Monday. The Los Angeles proggers are supporting a summer release, “Fear Inoculum,” their first record in 13 years and only the fifth Tool studio album ever unleashed. Tool fans don’t seek out the live shows wanting charisma or charm; they expect their idols to deliver the heaviest riffs to hit rock radio in the 1990s and present them creepily. On this night, expectations were exceeded.

Maynard James Keenan, Tool’s vocalist, supposed frontman and a guy who often lets it be known he’d rather spend his time making wine than music, spent the two-hour-plus set at the back of the stage, doing what could be described as menacing tai-chi-type routines on a pair of risers that flanked drummer Danny Carey. He’d break up the compelling choreography to spew bursts of angry and gory lyrics through a standard microphone or strapped-on megaphone. An illustrative sample: “It’s no fun until someone dies!” from 2006’s “Vicarious.”

Keenan never had a spotlight shining on him, and no shots of Keenan appeared on any video screens, which were instead occupied from start to finish with animated scenes of aliens, insects, malformed humanoids, lots of bones, blood and fire — all surrealistically presented. As if the nonphysical boundaries weren’t enough, a large portion of the show had the band performing behind a semi-sheer curtain.

Dressed in red plaid pants and sporting a colorful mohawk coif (he’s gone for the Travis Bickle look for years), Keenan rarely engaged the crowd. When he did it wasn’t to say anything nice or make small talk. “This town needs a g–d— enema,” he huffed before “Ænema.” That 1996 tune, along with the band’s usual relentless and punishing riffs, featured a rare-for-Tool scream-along chorus, of which the crowd shrieked every profane word. Before “Part of Me,” originally recorded for the demo tape that got Tool its first record deal, Keenan asked folks younger than 30 years old to raise their hands. “When we wrote this next song you were not even sperm yet,” he told those who showed their age.

Guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor spent more time staring at their assortments of stomp boxes and fiddling with gizmo knobs than they did trying to bond with the audience. Drummer Carey, along with being the most important guy in the band sonically, was the only Toolie willing to indulge the fans with rock star cliches. During the second of two extended drum solos there was not one but two gong solos, or twice as many gong solos as John Bonham would indulge in at the height of Led Zeppelin’s bombastic phase as a touring act.

The emotional distance Tool kept from its audience only made the fans work harder to show their love. The largely large male and black-clad contingent packing the area in front of the stage channeled their inner alienated adolescent with heads banged and fists thrust toward their aloof heroes as if the years never dulled the teen angst that initially attracted them to this lead-heavy band. Similarly, Tool’s latest material — “Pneuma,” “Invincible” and the new record’s title track were among the fresh tunes offered up — had the same mix of dense droning notes and constant time changes as the band’s earliest output.

Keenan rewarded the audience for putting up with the psychic walls by briefly lifting the band’s standard and fascistic ban on using cellphone cameras during the show while closing the set with a version of 1996’s fan fave “Stinkfist” that had as much punching power as it has ever had.

“Congratulations. You made it,” Keenan sneered. There was no encore.

An earlier version of this story listed the wrong song for the lyric “It’s no fun until someone dies!” The verse is from 2006’s “Vicarious,” not 1993’s “Intolerance.”

Tool: ‘Fear inoculum’ non si trova più nei negozi. Ma non temete…

Cos’è successo? Il disco che ha segnato il ritorno sulle scene della band dopo tredici anni di silenzio non è più disponibile.

Da Rockol.

Fear inoculum“, il nuovo album dei Tool, non si trova più nei negozi. Provate pure a cercarlo sui siti dei grandi magazzini (su Amazon ce n’è una copia, è vero, ma in vendita a più di 80 euro). Ma non temete: il prossimo 13 dicembre l’album, che ha segnato il ritorno della band a distanza di ben tredici anni dall’uscita del disco precedente, sarà nuovamente disponibile. In una nuova edizione.

Già disponibile in pre-order, questa nuova edizione di “Fear inoculum” conterrà oltre al cd già incluso nell’edizione standard anche cinque card stampa lenticolare con effetto 3D, un libro di 56 pagine con immagini inedite e un link per scaricare il video di “Recusant ad infinitum”.

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I Tool, nati nel 1990 dall’incontro tra Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey e Paul D’Amour (che ha lasciato la formazione cinque anni più tardi ed è stato sostituito da Justin Chancellor, ancora oggi componente del gruppo), nel corso della loro carriera hanno pubblicato cinque dischi.

I Tool suonano “Swamp song” dal vivo. Guarda i video “proibiti”

Nonostante il divieto di usare i telefonini, due fan sono riusciti a documentare l’esecuzione di un brano che la band non suonava dal vivo da 12 anni

Da Rockol.

Durante il concerto tenuto a Filadelfia il 18 novembre, i Tool hanno suonato “Swamp song”, una canzone dell’album “Undertow” del 1993 che non eseguivano in concerto da più di dodici anni – l’ultima volta era avvenuto a Las Vegas il 28 aprile del 2007.

I video che vi mostriamo qui sopra sono stati girati a rischio e pericolo dei fans che li hanno realizzati, giacché il tour dei Tool è organizzato con una rigidissima policy anti-telefonini (anche se nelle ultime date Maynard James Keenan ha autorizzato l’utilizzo dei devices durante il bis, “Stinkfist”).

I Tool non sono nuovi, in questo tour, ai ripescaggi inattesi: recentemente hanno suonato la strumentale “Merkaba” per la prima volta dal 2002.

TOOL: “Abbiamo un sacco di materiale, non ci vorranno 12 anni per il prossimo album”

Da Metalitalia.

Il batterista dei TOOLDanny Carey, ha dichiarato quanto segue a Metal Hammer circa i piani futuri della band:

“E’ difficile da dire. Staremo in tour almeno per due o tre anni, credo. E’ quello che abbiamo fatto per ogni album. Successivamente vedremo. Io spero che torneremo in studio per fare un altro album. Abbiamo un sacco di materiale. Non ci impiegheremo 12 anni, anche perchè se dovesse succedere, sarei troppo vecchio per prendere in mano le bacchette! Spero quindi che faremo un altro album, in modo da rimanere in corsa. […] Ora siamo più motivati a comporre. Siamo liberi, non dobbiamo fare i conti con una casa discografica e se anche lo facessimo, lo faremmo alle nostre condizioni. Facciamo quello che vogliamo. ‘Fear Inoculum’ è stato l’ultimo album di un contratto di cinque dischi. E’ una bella sensazione e credo sia un incentivo a comporre”.

TOOL hanno pubblicato il loro nuovo album, “Fear Inoculum” il 30 agosto 2019, 13 anni dopo il precedente “10.000 Days“.

Tool: Justin Chancellor, ‘Un sacco di materiale non ce l’ha fatta a confluire in “Fear Inoculum”‘

Da Truemetal.

Nell’ultimo episodio di Striking A Chord, il bassista degli ToolJustin Chancellor, ha parlato di “Fear Inoculum”:

A volte sembrava che stessimo arrivando alla fine delle lavorazioni. Tuttavia non c’erano canzoni completamente scritte, ma c’era un grande mole di materiale su cui stavamo lavorando. Qualcuno di esso è confluito nell’album, ma un sacco non ce l’ha fatta. In sostanza, abbiamo lavorato contemporaneamente a quella pila di materiale, che però abbiamo visto in modo diverso l’uno dall’altro. Se però inizi ad avere un’immagine complessiva del tutto, è come dipingere un paesaggio. Il che non è stato, almeno all’inzio. Avendo idee diverse la cosa non stava funzionando. Così ci siamo detti: “Concentriamoci solo su una cosa. A chi piace? Siamo tutti d’accordo? Ok, iniziamo a lavorarci su, allora”, prendendoci un mese per pensare lontani l’uno dall’altro.

Tool, per ‘Fear Inocolum’ avremmo potuto aspettare anche 100 anni

Da Rolling Stone.

Il quinto album della band di Maynard James Keenan vede la luce dopo un’attesa interminabile. È un monumento di intensità, caos e complessità, che ignora tutte le regole della discografia nell’era dello streaming.

I Tool. Da sinistra: Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey, Maynard James Keenan e Adam Jones.
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Un faraone con otto braccia e il corpo ricoperto di occhi è immobile sulla copertina del libretto di Fear Inoculum, il quinto album in studio dei Tool. Sfogliarlo, con tutte quelle spirali, strutture geometriche e onde piene di occhi, dà una sensazione strana, indefinibile. L’ultima volta, 13 anni fa, 10,000 Days ci costringeva a indossare gli occhiali intagliati nella copertina per scoprirne l’artwork in 3D. Ritrovarsi ancora a maneggiare le immagini esoteriche stampate su un nuovo disco della band americana sarà come ripensare a un vecchio sogno.

Fear Inoculum si presenta dentro un grosso cofanetto nero, sovradimensionato rispetto al solito, diviso in tre parti: il libretto, il disco, e uno schermo HD lungo 4’’ dove viene trasmesso un videoloop – una serie spirali di occhi e suoni inquietanti – controllato da tre tasti: se dimenticate lo schermo acceso, la riproduzione continuerà anche con il cofanetto chiuso e vi sembrerà che il disco respiri. Dopo 13 anni, è il minimo.

All’interno di questo strana scatola nera c’è l’album più denso e stratificato della carriera dei Tool. Fear Inoculum è un disco difficile, pieno di indovinelli musicali, con i momenti più quieti mai incisi dalla band e allo stesso tempo le tirate più violente. È l’album più esoterico dei Tool, e, soprattutto, l’unico disco possibile in questo momento della loro carriera. Tolti alcuni intermezzi strumentali, tutte le canzoni di Fear Inoculum superano o si avvicinano ai 10 minuti di durata: sono brani monumentali, sontuosi, completi, ricchi di tutte le diverse anime della band. 

Il disco si apre con la title track, che funziona sia da introduzione che da presentazione delle principali atmosfere musicali dell’album: una chitarra-violoncello e le percussioni di Carey introducono la voce di Maynard, decisamente più angelica del solito, che accompagna il brano verso il primo ritornello, a cui segue la prima di numerose code strumentali. Pneuma è, con ogni probabilità, il brano che i fan dei Tool aspettavano di ascoltare da 13 anni. Ha davvero tutto: grandi melodie, riff matematici, persino un assolo di chitarra, e sembra che parli dello Spirito Santo – “we are spirit bound to this flesh / we are born of one breath / we are all one spark, eyes full of wonder”. Descending si apre tra rumori di acqua e vento, e per una metà sembra la prima ballad del disco: poi, quasi dal nulla, l’arrangiamento si riempie di sintetizzatori alla Stranger Things, chitarre armonizzate e talkbox, e il brano si avvita su se stesso in una coda interminabile. La vera ballad, invece, si chiama Culling Voices, un momento di quiete necessario prima di Chocolate Chip Trip – un intermezzo strumentale surreale fatto di arpeggiatori, glitch, suoni metallici e un lungo assolo di batteria – e 7empest, il brano più violento e intenso dell’album.

Arrivati alla fine, e consapevoli che un disco così denso non può essere decifrato con una manciata di ascolti, non resta che rispondere a due domande. La prima: valeva davvero la pena aspettare tutto questo tempo? Be’, con ogni probabilità sì. Fear Inoculum è pieno di tutte le specialità dei Tool: ritmi tribali, testi indecifrabili, riff matematici e così via. La differenza, però, è che queste cose sono sempre tutte insieme in tutti i brani, che sono diventati più complessi. In Fear Inoculum non c’è un singolo come Schism, e neanche le linee vocali orecchiabili di The Pot. Prezzi che si pagano tranquillamente per ascoltare un album curato in ogni suo dettaglio. 

La seconda: i Tool sono ancora rilevanti nel 2019? Forse non sono mai stati più rilevanti di adesso. Nel 2006, 10,000 Days si apriva con un brano sulla nostra dipendenza dalla violenza in tv. 13 anni dopo siamo nella società delle social star, dei politici in diretta su Instagram, dei cadaveri nei vlog su YouTube e dei terrapiattisti. In un mondo così, forse, i Tool con la loro musica caotica, introspettiva e tribale, sono l’unica rock band possibile.

Tool: Maynard James Keenan smorza i toni su Justin Bieber

Da SentireAscoltare.

Tool: Maynard James Keenan smorza i toni su Justin Bieber

Maynard James Keenan, frontman e fondatore dei Tool, ha provato a stemperare le tensioni riguardo alla polemica con Justin Bieber. Il cantante, a luglio, aveva infatti replicato in tono sferzante a un post della popstar che – sempre a mezzo social – aveva dato da intendere di essere fan della storica formazione americana. A dire la sua – come riporta Stereogum – era stata anche la moglie di Bieber, Hailey, che a sua volta in un messaggio indirizzato allo stesso Keenan aveva difeso il consorte: «Ha detto di essere un fan della tua musica, di esserci cresciuto. Non dovresti rallegrarti nello sminuire le persone che esprimono la loro ammirazione per te. È una cosa davvero infantile e sgarbata».

In questi giorni, come riporta Blabbermouth, il leader dei Tool ha provato correggere il tiro: «lui è probabilmente un bravo ragazzo, è che non ha gli strumenti per gestire tutta la merda che gli sta attorno. E le persone che gli stanno intorno sono dei mostri. Vive in un oceano di… Posso dire parolacce? Okay, non importa. Volevo solo dire che… ma non sono sicuro di poterlo fare. Ad ogni modo, Dio lo benedica, lui è un prodotto di tutte quelle cose di cui abbiamo parlato tante volte in ogni progetto che abbiamo realizzato».

Keenan ha inoltre provato a spiegare il post da cui tutta la vicenda è scaturita: «Quando scrivo uno stato come “#peccato”, la cosa non ha niente a che fare con lui, ma con l’oceano di merda che ne conseguirà. Lui non può essere semplicemente un fan dei Tool, deve dirlo ad alta voce, e il casino si crea perché quelli che non lo capiscono (e quelli che pensano di sì) finiranno per litigare tra loro, il che è una cosa stupida, non è importante. Alla fine è lui a rimetterci, com’è accaduto e come accade tuttora».

Chi di sicuro è un fan dei Tool, invece, è un professore di una scuola di musica del Texas che ha autorizzato un suo alunno a disertare le lezioni per andare a vedere il concerto che il gruppo statunitense terrà a Houston alla fine di ottobre. Il padre del ragazzo ha postato uno screenshot della mail di risposta del prof che recita: «se è per i Tool, è una buona ragione per assentarsi. L’unica cosa che posso dire è portatemi con voi! Sono super invidioso per l’opportunità che gli è stata data, e non lo punirò per questo. Come sta? Vi è piaciuto il nuovo album?». Insomma, ad avercene avuti di professori così.

Sempre riguardo ai Tool, c’è infine da dire che Fear Inoculum, il loro nuovo album appena pubblicato, è attualmente al secondo posto della classifica settimanale stilata dalla FIMI (al primo c’è Rocco Hunt) e nel Regno Unito al 4°, ma negli Stati Uniti la vetta di Billboard è appena stata raggiunta, e questo nella prima settimana di pubblicazione. L’album che segna il ritorno della formazione di Maynard James Keenan – a 13 anni di distanza da 10,000 Days – è il terzo a bucare la chart di Billboard, un risultato ancor più sorprendente oggigiorno visto che si tratta del primo rock album ad ottenere questo risultato da più di un anno a questa parte.

Su SA potete leggere le recensioni di Lover e Fear Inoculum ma anche il bellissimo approfondimento L’emozionante e impossibile organizzazione del caos: la storia dei Tool, senza dimenticare il live report della data del quartetto al Firenze Rocks 2019 e le news che lo riguardano.

TOOL: “Fear Inoculum” al secondo posto in classifica italiana

Da Metalitalia.

Fear Inoculum“, il nuovo album dei TOOL uscito il 30 agosto per RCA, è entrato al secondo posto in classifica italiana.

Ecco la top ten attuale:

01 – ROCCO HUNT – “Libertà”
02 – TOOL – “Fear Inoculum”
03 – MACHETE – “Machete Mixtape 4”
04 – ULTIMO – “Colpa Delle Favole”
05 – LANA DEL REY – “Norman Fucking Rockwell”
06 – TAYLOR SWIFT – “Lover”
07 – ULTIMO – “Peter Pan”
08 – SALMO – “Playlist”
09 – ULTIMO – “Pianeti”
10 – BILLIE EILISH – “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”