My Tool Top 10: #2 Lateralus

What’s the best part about Tool‘s Lateralus? What makes it the number two in my Tool Top 10? That catchy riffs with Adam and Justin intertwining? Maynard’s Fibonacci inspired (deliberate or otherwise) lyrics? Danny’s polyrythmic drumming? The cathartic last minute of the song? The laser show during the live set?

All of those things appeal to me, but my favorite parts of Lateralus are both guitar solos, and they are both in my opinion Adam’s finest hour. The first solo midway through the song is a catchy clean solo which hits all the right notes for me. Combined with Maynard’s great bridge moments later, it’s a mid track highlight.

The second solo is much less structured, yet just as good. I wouldn’t say the entire solo is improvised, but it is very chaotic and never sounds the same from show to show. Perhaps that’s how it’s meant to be – a contrast between the structured first half of the song, and the more chaotic second half. The song endorses the message of embracing the random after all. Or perhaps I’m just over analysing…

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UndKeineEier
7 years ago

“Maynard’s Fibonacci inspired (deliberate or otherwise) lyrics”

From what I’ve gathered it was a little bit of both. The end result was intentional, but they kinda just stumbled into it moreso than deliberately planning it out. If you know what I mean?

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
7 years ago

I knew this would be either 1 or 2. This song is completely PERFECT! How could it not be 1 or 2. I feel Parabol/Parabola coming up?

dickleiper
dickleiper
7 years ago

HB has stated in the past parabola is his least from lateralus and i remember him saying aenima was his favourite song in one of his polls a few years back so I think we’ll find his top pick will be aenima

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  dickleiper
7 years ago

Oh well if Hellboy stated in the past that Parabola was his least favorite from Lateralus then he must have been telling the truth and there’s probably no way that he could feel different about it than he did in the past. Aenima would also be a good choice and so would Reflection but clearly it’s not going to be Reflection according to these other posts here so then it must be Aenima according to you.

HERE’S TO HOPING HE PICKS 46 & 2 THEN…

children
children
7 years ago

It has to be Reflection. How can you have a Top 10 TOOL song list and NOT include it?

Chimichanga
Chimichanga
7 years ago

There’s no way it’s reflection. That song is all about confidants and telling your secrets to the moon. Which according to mog is “super gay”. It has to be another song, it just has to.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

Adam has had a new interview. From the sounds of it no movie album.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

Haha oh. Why yes that’s the one.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

Him lying in the interview, as to which could be a reason for reposting the article. To better stimulate and freshen the notional possibility.

bdub2588
bdub2588
Reply to  hellboy1975
7 years ago

I’m suggesting he could have been lying. And that would be a pretty good curveball.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

I’ve seen stuff on Burnt Ambers channel which could very well be footage from a new Tool movie someone’s privy to release. It’s extremely high budget and abstract, speaking in partial to some of the material he has uploaded.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

Could someone please go to Burnt Ambers channel and confirm that the music video on one of his most recently uploaded feed’ s (Tool~~1993/09/21 [Full Concert] @ La Moulin, Marseille, France)- IS NOT material from a new Tool song and/ or movie.. Thanks~

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

It totally looks like something Adam would do.

bdub2588
bdub2588
7 years ago

Didn’t you watch it all the way through? This isn’t something that just anyone could through together. Much of it had the claymation mixed with some CGI.. Who else would have that kind of mind power, money and patience?

bdub2588
bdub2588
Reply to  bdub2588
7 years ago

THROW

nemesis
nemesis
7 years ago

#1 has to be Aenema.

UndKeineEier
7 years ago

“The laser show during the live set?”

Yep, that’s it.

elusivEuphoria
elusivEuphoria
7 years ago

Let’s talk more about an interview with adam from 6 years ago that was filled with a lot of empty promises and false hopes.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  elusivEuphoria
7 years ago

Grow up.

Croaka
Croaka
7 years ago

I’d be very curious to see if you still have the same top 10 in a year or two years time, Hellboy.

And #1 is definitely Eulogy, whether you choose it or not.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
7 years ago

I could write this list 200 times over and unless I’m looking at a previous list… my choices will probably be different every time. ALL of their songs are fucking number 1. <— period…

Let's just be honest… we all search for something new to listen to and nothing gives us the same satisfaction as TOOL. That's why we're all here! Because we have that in common.

hodge
hodge
7 years ago

lol @ lateralus not being #1

stay tasty bro