The first time I heard Tool I knew something was different. I was an angsty, unpopular teenager in the '90s, so artists like Tool made me feel less emotionally and physically alone. He along with singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have consistently toured and very inconsistently released albums for 29 years. Below, I rank their five studio albums, one EP and one live album. Note: the argument can be made usually by me, to everyone that Tool has yet to make a bad album, so the following is a ranking of their least perfect to most perfect albums. Far from their most inventive work and always last on the list of songs I want to see them play live, Opiate is straightforward, aggressive hard rock from start to finish.
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Tool have officially re entered our strange new world. After years of holding out, they've finally released their catalog for streaming and digital download. After years of teasing and tormenting fans, testing their patience beyond reason, the band finally dropped their first album in over a decade, Fear Inoculum. This makes now the perfect time to look back at the bizarre, dark, inspiring, psychedelic and progressive music that Tool have brought into the world to date. Below, we've ranked their albums and EP from worst to best. The compilation album came as a beautiful box set packed with cryptic artwork, a page photo book and a compelling array of live tracks and outtakes, as well as Tool's music videos to that point. Yet, while it's a must-have for diehards, the release is hardly essential for the average listener, it's biggest calling card being the band's strange, lysergic cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter. No, it's not an album proper, but Opiate is monumental enough to merit inclusion here. But what it lacks in sonic ambition, it makes up for in blunt force and inescapable hooks. Songs like "Hush," "Jerk-Off" and the title cut showcase Tool at their most concise and venomous.
6. Opiate (1992)
Few bands have built such a mighty reputation on such a sparse back catalogue as Tool. Read on to find out. Compared to Tool's alt-metal peers of the time Rollins Band, Helmet, Prong, Kings X etc , Opiate shows a band with their own unique flavour, without giving away any clues to the world-class works of art they would release further down the line. An impressive start, but dwarfed by what came later. Technically precise with more patience and musical subtlety, while still delving deep into the more perverse aspect of the human psyche, Undertow is a hell of a statement from a band growing in confidence. Was it worth the wait? Yes, although in hindsight its 86 minute, nine track length — six songs and three interludes — could have done with a little fat trimming from it.
Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since , replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won four Grammy Awards , performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries. To date, the band has released five studio albums, one EP and one box set. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts , and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus and 10, Days , gaining critical acclaim and international commercial success. Their fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum , their first in thirteen years, was released on August 30, to widespread critical acclaim. Prior to its release, the band had sold over 13 million albums in the US alone. Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and very long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock , psychedelic rock , and art rock.