In appreciation of Tool

Artist Direct have a new article online where they’ve invited a bunch of artists, including Tom Morello, Rob Trujillo and Bill Kelliher to talk about their love for Tool:

Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan

Greg Puciato: The first time I heard them was the music video for “Sober”. I watched so much MTV at that time. I was enamored with all of the bands coming out. Being a kid watching MTV, that time period was amazing. There was one great band after another Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and Pearl Jam. Every day there was a new exciting band coming out. Being 10 to 13-years-old, I was like, “Oh my God!” I didn’t really get into Tool until Ænima though. When I heard “Stinkfist”, I thought, “Wow, this is really next level musically!” They were the first band that I saw really trying to preserve themselves artistically. I latched on to how much they didn’t do. They didn’t do anything normally. They weren’t in their videos. They never did whacky tours with shitty bands. They refused to do anything that wasn’t exactly in line with their aesthetic. That really stuck with me more so than it musically influenced me. I realized what you don’t do is as much if not more important than what you do.

Some quite interesting answers actually. I found Steve Harris from Iron Maiden‘s response a little strange – like he’d barely even heard of the band!

Bring your daughter to the slaughter

12 thoughts on “In appreciation of Tool

  1. RavenpigRavenpig

    I get where Steve Harris is coming from, there’s quite a few bands that I like what I’ve heard of them but have never listened to one of their albums. It happens.

  2. Children

    No one in the band has released anything amazing since “LATERALUS”.

    Who honestly doesn’t think 10,000 Days is on the same level, if not better, than Lateralus. Fucking brilliant album. Their best so far in my opinion. Can one of you assholes please explain to me exactly why 10,000 Days sucks. I don’t get it.


    What is it with opinions and how they are perceived on the net? They consider opinions to be holy ground, and assume that ALL opinions are legit, and no matter what they deserve respect. Nope. Sometimes, opinions are crap, and sometimes it needs to be pointed out.

    We can joke around, and talk shit, and we can also say that a stupid opinion on 10KD can make you temporarily a shithead. No biggie.

  4. Children

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion on favorite albums, but if you don’t think 10,000 Days is an amazing album i really have to question whether your opinion is valid enough for me to consider it.

    I wasn’t calling crow an asshole specifically, if you went back and read my post again more carefully, i said: ‘one of you assholes'; there is a difference. I do not know him, and, you’re right, it would be unfair to insult him in that manner. I was merely referring to the general population of users in this forum in a humorous manner. Like crow said himself: it’s all in good fun, right?

    There seems to be a division of fans here that talk negatively about 10,000 Days and i just wanted an in depth explanation of why this is from one of those ‘assholes’. 10,000 Days is somewhat of a negative album; it almost counterbalances the whole theme of Lateralus. It’s pretty much light vs. dark, life vs. death, construction vs. destruction, etc.. I personally think 10,000 Days is better in every category, but i do tend to lean towards the darkness.

    Just curious is all, no harm intended… i thought you boys (girls) liked to play rough here. And i am not big on posting here, but i am no newbie to this forum FYI

  5. Children

    Tool covering Yellow Submarine would be hilarious…another Beatles track would be more suitable perhaps. Tomorrow Never Knows would be interesting or maybe even George Harrison’s It’s All Too Much..

  6. Children

    Children said but i do tend to lean towards the darkness.

    LOL, look out guys, we got a badass over here

    isn’t that obvious from my profile name and avatar

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