News regarding releases of Tool material

Tool Attorney Alan Jones

Not the prominent Aussie asshole Alan Jones, but the brother of Adam; Alan Jones happens to be Tool‘s attorney. You can read about his work and how he is related to Tool on his website, but recently Redzorg of Toolarmy posted this snippet on one of the boards there:

Tools’ attorney is adams brother alan. and he is the one fighting to get the dvd released in the way in which the band wants it released. meaning, no stupid edits made by the record company in regards to certain band members views on the beneficial use of psychedelic drugs.

as you all know TOOL doesnt give a shit when their material is released, all they care about is their artistic vision being completely intact.
thats why this dvd is taking so long to come out.

Not sure of the legitimacy of this information, but it seems like a reasonably explanation as to why there has been no release so far, and also why Adam described the DVD as a “sore point” several months ago.

Thanks to Vuduchild for the tip.

June 2008 Newsletter

As promised, Blair released the June 2008 newsletter, and this time it contains some “details” of what’s up in the Tool world. Head over to Toolband/Army to read it, but here’s my summary.

Adam is:

  • working on some undisclosed entertainment industry related project? Guitar Hero perhaps?
  • also involved in the construction of some future band-related endeavor. Building a recording studio perhaps?
  • Spending time playing Halo 3 and watching Baseball games with Buzz

Danny is:

  • spending lots of time in his loft studio gearing up for some music-related enterprise. Writing new material? Pigmy Love Circus record?
  • performing with Volto!
  • writing a book with Blair
  • other stuff including driving his lamborghini, painting his house, etc.

Justin is:

  • building a new house
  • working on new Tool riffs
  • possibly working on another musical project
  • revamping Lobal Orning at some point

Maynard is:

  • working on wine and Puscifer as outlined on his Myspace site
  • hopefully looking after his vocal chords

Tool are:

  • working to complete a couple of new projects
  • one of these is very close to becoming a reality

So there you have it. No detail really, but we didn’t expect that.

Poll Results: Which Tool album has the best sound?

The last poll asked which Tool album you think has the best sound. Not surprisingly Lateralus took the winners place, with 10,000 Days running a distant second. Unsurprisingly, not a single person selected Opiate!

Personally, I think 10,000 Days has a much better sound that Lateralus, which I feel is sometimes a little to clean and crisp. Personally I prefer the dirtier sounds of 10,000 Days and Aenima to Lateralus, though I’d happily pick Lateralus to be the best Tool album overall.

Here are the results:

  1. Lateralus 234 Votes
  2. 10,000 Days 120 Votes
  3. Aenima 77 Votes
  4. Undertow 15 Votes
  5. Optiate 0 Votes

Update: By the way, this was the 1000th post.  Congrats to me!

Good News, Bad News

Well today I have good news and bad news for you all.  Lets start with the good.  According to a recent MTV interview with Maynard at the Grammys, he claims that Tool will “start writing the new Tool record right away”.  Nice to have a short turnaround for a change.  If this is the case the I’d say we can expect a new album in about 12 months time.

The bad news?  Well the article also claims that “with Tool’s touring schedule wide open for the foreseeable future, he said it’s time for the band to buckle down”.  I guess that means there are definitely no more plans to tour Australia or anywhere.

But if we get a new album without a 3 year wait, then I can live with that!

Poll Results: How do you rate the Vicarious video?

It’s been almost a month since I started this poll, so I guess a change is in order! Anyway, it appears there are quite mixed feelings about the Vicarious video. Lots of you think it’s the best, or better than most, but there’s also a quite large amount that consider it to be worst than most.

Personally, i like the video, though it doesn’t rank above Parabola or Aenima, both of which I consider to be my favorites. If I had to pick a favorite video, I’d have to say Parabola. I love the Parabol section more than the rest, but the CGI at the end is really cool. Jello Biafra‘s commentry also crack me up every time….

  1. Better than most 264 votes
  2. The best yet 113 votes
  3. Worse than most 112 votes
  4. Haven’t watched it 69 votes
  5. CGI sucks 30 votes
  6. The worst 27 votes

Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Videos of 2007

The video for Tool’s Vicarious has appeared in the Rolling Stone Top 25 videos for 2007.  Other videos that I like that made the list include Bjork, Battles, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and The White Stripes.

Vicarious DVD Review

I received my copy of the Vicarious DVD one Tuesday, and after watching all the of the various parts of it, I felt it was about time to share my opinion with you all. If any of you want to share your thoughts on the DVD, feel free to comment below. I may well put a poll up at some point in the next few days too.

The Vicarious DVD comes in a package much the same as the 10,000 Days CD, with the two lenses designed to view the stereoscopic images within. The images supplied are all stills from the Vicarious video, and look quite nice when viewed properly. The lenses attached to my DVD seemed quite blurry though, and I got much better results with the 10,000 Days set, or by just doing the cross-eyes thing.

The first thing I watched off the DVD was the Vicarious video. As previously reported, it’s fully CGI and features significant work from Alex Grey, particular during the Net of Being sequences. I’m not going to really speculate on the themes behind the videos, but the “plot” seems to involve a strange human-like being (referred to as X in the documentary) interacting with an unusual world full of insects, dust and hovering tentacled eye balls, all of which may or may not have some kind of symbiotic link. Eventually, this being somehow looks into itself and sees the Net of Being. All par for the course on a Tool video guess. Personally I’m usually more interested in the effects than the actual story.

The CGI work is generally pretty good, though my inital thoughts were that it was a little inconsistent throughout. Some parts of the video seem quite detailed and smooth, while others seem a little jerky, and just not a well animated as the rest. The jerkiness is explained away in the documentary are part of Adam’s concept, but I can’t help but think that what were looking at is some of the old animation that Adam was rumoured to be unhappy with, with the newer work done by Hydraulx. For example the parts where the glass blocks shatter seem quite low quality. Perhaps it’s meant to be like this. I not sure, but it detracted from the video somewhat for me.

The music itself is extended as advertised, but merely with some ambient noise produced by Lustmord. Don’t expect to hear another Vicarious verse at all!

Next up was the commentry. I loved the commentry on the Schism and Parabola DVD’s. They cracked me up the first time, and I still get a laugh out of them whenever I happen to watch it. David Cross is a comedian I know very little about, and unfortunately this commentry gives me no reason to bother finding out more. I fought the urge to skip both tracks about 2 minutes in, but listened to the whole thing just for the benefit of the review. It didn’t get much better. Someone please direct me to something good by this guy, cause the commentry doesn’t do it for me. I also disliked the fact that the musical track was completely muted. I would have like to have heard the music faintly in the background while David commented.

The Documentary on the video was actually the part of the DVD I looked forward to the most. This 40 minute film features comments from many key members of the Vicarious video team, including Alex Grey, Chet Zar, Kevin Willis and many members of the Hydraulx team. It was quite interesting to hear them talk about what went into the video, and in some cases what has gone into past ones. The documentary features photos from not only the Vicarious development, but also that of previous videos. I quite enjoyed watching it, but felt that it would have benefited from Adam talking about it as well, but I guess that’s not really the way Tool operate.

Also included is a short COSM tour. Only running for about 6 minutes, it shows some of the interior of the complex while Alex Grey talks about what goes on there, as well as some of the impact of the Tool fans that visit.

Finally a set of story boards from both Alex and Adam, outlining some of the inital plans for the video. This is pretty short and sweet and there’s not really much more I can say about that part.

Overall, I was pretty happy with the package. The video itself I’d rate as one of the better Tool videos, but not as good as Parabola or Aenima. For the price of the DVD, I thought it was pretty good value for money, much better than the frustratingly seperate Schism/Parabola DVDs. Here’s hoping a future DVD (The Pot perhaps) has similarly good features, and hopefully some better commentry.

3D Goggles Order

It seems as though there’s some of you interested in getting some 3D Goggles from Colour Code. You can’t buy them individually from the Colour Code 3D website, but you can get packs of 4, 8 or 12, and then bigger packs of 50, 100 and 200. I doubt there’s enough interest for one of the bigger packs, but I’d be happy to order one of the smaller ones, and then forward pairs to individuals.

So here’s what I’m proposing:

  • I’ll sell each pair of Goggles for AU$2 + Postage. Postage to somewhere in Australia would be around $4. Postage overseas will be quoted on demand, but if you’re too far away it probably gets a bit uneconomical, but if you pay, I’ll send!
  • Email me at to make your order.
  • Once I have enough people (either 4, 8 or 12) I’ll make the order.
  • Once I’ve recieved the goggles, I’ll open a Paypal account for you guys to pay too, and once money is recieved I’ll post the packages.

Note: No refunds if this 3D theory is bullshit!

Vicarious Video in 3D

Many of us have speculated that the Vicarious video is in 3D, and Peter sent me a lengthy message explaining that it is, and how it works:

First and foremost: Stereoscopic and real dynamic 3D is NOT the same.
Do NOT view the Vicarious video with your 10,000 Days glasses!!!

Now it’s time to do a little research on 3D, Anaglyph, Stereoscopic. I highly suggest that everyone take a look at the following sites:

We can sum up that the Vicarious video is definitely not Stereoscopy. Ok? To view traditional stereoscopic images, the easiest way to create depth perception in the brain is to provide the eyes of the viewer with two different images, representing two perspectives of the same object, with a minor deviation similar to the perspectives that both eyes naturally receive in binocular vision. That gives you the illusion of 3D. (like the ones on the package of 10,000 Days and Vicarious DVD) Then you can either cross your eyes ’till you get the 3d effect, or use the 10k glasses as we all know how to use.The Vicarious video is NOT stereoscopy. Then what is it? Because something is really going on with the video, right?

Up next is Anaglyph images. They are used to provide a stereoscopic 3D effect, when viewed with 2 color glasses (each lens a different color). Images are made up of two color layers, superimposed, but offset with respect to each other to produce a depth effect. Usually the main subject is in the center, while the foreground and background are shifted laterally in opposite directions. The picture contains two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. When viewed through the “color coded” “anaglyph glasses”, they reveal an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain fuses this into perception of a three dimensional scene or composition.  In a red-blue anaglyph, for instance, the eye covered by the red filter sees the red parts of the image as “white”, and the blue parts as “black” (with the brain providing some adaption for color); the eye covered by the blue filter perceives the opposite effect. True white or true black areas are perceived the same by each eye. The brain blends together the image it receives from each eye, and interprets the differences as being the result of different distances. This creates a normal stereograph image without requiring the viewer to cross his or her eyes.

So, is this how the Vicarious video work? I don’t think so. If you compare old classic anaglyph images to the Vicarious video, you can see that it is not the same, BUT something is still there. When watching the Vicarious video, you’ll see that there is somewhat a blue side, and a brown/red side to some of the beings/objects, just as in old anaglyph movies.

Unfortunatly I don’t have a pair of anaglyph glasses anymore, so I can’t test it. But again, I really doubt that anaglyph (red/cyan-blue) glasses will work, so I will not recommend anyone to go out and buy such a pair, at least before someone can confirm that it work.

Colorcode 3D is a new system to reproduce 3-dimensional images in a simple way with full color and depth information- somehow it works the same way as anaglyph, but the colors is brown/blue – just like the distorted outlines in the Vicarious video. It is way better that the old anaglyph metod, and less hard for the eyes.

5 years ago I bought the 3D Mania – Encounter In The Third Dimension DVD from, with 3-d glasses included – defniatly worth buying… These glasses seems to work just fine with the Vicarious video!! It is not 100% made for these glasses, there is a minor deviation to the images projected, but it really looks amazing.

This is where I will sum up and say, that I really don’t know if the Vicarious video is 3D or not, something is defniatly there!!! Maybe it’s something in between… Because the video is intended to be viewed for all audiences, those with glasses, and those without. (i guess) – But what I really can tell, is that I don’t hesitate one minute to say, that when first my glasses are on, the Vicarious video looks soooo much better, not so dusty and distorted.. With my Colorcode glasses on, and my head in front of my 23″ cinema display, the video really reaches out! Especially X (the man) looks amazing, the internal organs and stuff really looks cool! Amazing work! It is SO much more detalied than with the glasses off.

At last, this works for me! I think that the video indeed is 3D, but I don’t think we will really know before Adam is going to speak out about it. One more thing, the internal cover (not the stereoscopic image-booklet)-…h/PC130004.jpg works very well with my Colorcode 3D glasses on!

So, unless Adam and Tool is going to give us some info on whether or not the video is in 3D, and what glasses to use, I highly recommend you guys to head to and buy yourself a 3D movie and some glasses…..and check it out for yourself.

Thank you Adam for making such a great video! Amazing work.

Anyone else had the opportunity to try this?  Anyone interested in splitting a box of glasses?

Poll Results:What part of the Vicarious DVD are you looking forward to the most?

Last week I asked what part of the Vicarious DVD were you looking forward to the most.  Unsurprisingly most of you wanted to see the video first and foremost, though many of you I think really hoped there was some live footage on the DVD.  I think it’s been pretty well concluded that there is no such footage.

Personally I looked forward to the documentary the most.  As much as I enjoyed the video, the opportunity to get a bit on insight into it was more appealing that the movie itself.

  1. Vicarious Video 191 Votes
  2. Spending hours putting in codes to reveal the alleged live footage 184 Votes
  3. The “Making of” documentary 93 Votes
  4. Audio commentry by David Cross 27 Votes
  5. The Stereoscopic artwork 19 Votes

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