TOOL: My Favorite Band
Over the years I have had the privilege to be introduced to many talented and musically gifted bands. I have had a few favorite bands, but now I have my favorite band to date, Tool. It will be a while until this band will be replaced as my number one. The music is not your typical mainstream rock. Tool's music as a creative structure that no other band can replicate. Tool is composed of four individuals who's each diverse styles come together to create this juggernaut of a band. Filled with complex guitar riffs, thunderous drums, crunching bass lines and a voice like no other, Tool is my favorite for various reasons. I want to share with you the reason they are my favorite, a little brief history of the band and the four current members of the band that make up Tool.
Meet the Current Members
Tool is currently made up of four extremely talented individuals who all bring a unique style that fits together like a musical puzzle. The members are: Lead singer, Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carrey, and bassist Justin Chancellor after replacing early bassist Paul D'Amour.
Maynard James Keenan brings a powerful and delightful voice that when you hear it, it reaches you to your core. Sometimes aggressive, sometimes melodic, Maynard can really bring the levels of his vocals to satisfy your ears.
Adam Jones brings a different style of guitar playing that does not have to be flashy to grab your attention. Powerful and creative riffs and solos is the backbone of Tool's successful music. The evolution of Jones' guitar playing grows with each new Tool release.
Danny Carrey brings the pulse of Tool with his lengthy arms flying around his large drum kit. His drum solos and exquisite playing style makes Carrey's drumming one of the best in modern rock. And he is also my favorite drummer.
Justin Chancellor crunches down on some heavy bass riffs that please anyone who is a fan of the bass. He is not just a rhythmic bass player, he makes sure his bass playing stands out without sounding poppy or funky.
- MJK: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
From one of the great vocals and musicians of my time, to making wine and several other talents, this is an article about one of my favorite people on this planet, Maynard James Keenan.
A Little Band History
Tool was formed in the year 1990, after Maynard decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in interior design. After being introduced to the local music scene, Maynard began to become more interested in forming a music group. He would eventually meet Danny Carrey and Adam Jones who would begin the early stages of Tool. Through rigorous shows and a few let downs, Tool finally signed on with Zoo records which is now Volcano records. Tool would set out on the worldly stage and become a highly successful progressive metal band.
Tool has toured many countries, has released five albums and has won three Grammy's. They have become of the most popular bands that has not really been known as a mainstream band. Their live performances offer fans a visually stunning show where the music reaches new levels for concert goers.
In the start of the bands music career, Tool's music has evolved into some of the greatest music to be released. In the early stages of music making, Tool had a more metal approach on their first two albums. Tool then began the transition of digging deeper and finding new structures that turned the band into a sensation. More melodic vocals were becoming the new trend along with crescendos building on each other and leaving Tool fans more and more satisfied.
It is a treat to see Tool live. Like I said before, they are a visually unique band who likes to push the envelope when it comes to their live shows. You can expect to hear exceptional audio. You eyes will see numerous of inimitable lights, videos and illusions that come to life on the large stage.
Maynard is not the most visible, like his life mostly, he tends to hide from the main view. You normally would be able to find him next to Carrey's enormous drum ensemble which is backed by a huge Chinese gong, crouching and swaying to the delightful sounds of Tool's music. Jones and Chancellor are the main pillars of the front stage which dynamically set the tone for Tool's live performances.
My Favorite Songs and Lyrics
It is hard to decide which Tool songs are my favorite because it tends to change from time to time. I see certain songs in a different light, or from another view. Sometimes it may be the way Maynard sings or the way a song speaks to me. But for now, and it will probably change I will select five favorite Tool songs I think I would inform any beginning Tool fan to listen too.
1. 46 and 2 off of Aenima is my current favorite song by Tool. The song is perfectly crafted with melodies, creative lyrics, and a whole lot more to offer.
2. Jambi off of 10,000 Days album comes in at number two. A heavy intro, then journeys along a path of melodies and one of the most instinctive guitar solos ever to be recorded by Tool. The song never lets up and finishes strong
3. Eulogy off the Aenima album has one of the most intriguing intros I have heard. The song is about the creator of Scientology and how this goes against the bands beliefs system. Maynard has a very powerful message for false martyrs in this song.
4. Lateralus off the album of the same title would be my fourth pick. Talk about a song that builds and builds until the very end with a positive message of healing and to create something positive.
5. Crawl Away off of Undertow album comes in at number five. Its heavy, edgy and really reflects the early stages of Tool's beginnings. Heavy guitar riffs and pulsating drums make this one of my favorites by this band.
Some of the bands more popular songs are Stinkfist, Schism, Sober, and Vicarious. All worth a listen as well.
Art Work and Video
Tool is also known for the unique style of video making and the artwork for their albums. Alex Grey has been an artist Tool has gotten a few of their album cover ideas from. As for their videos, Adam Jones usually is the one who takes the time to create them for the band. Jones has a background in special effects artistry, and has been a make up artist for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. He is also skillful when it comes to clay sculpting, animation and stop action video. So many of Tool's videos include some unusual visual projection from Jones' mind. You won't find a typical band playing video for any of their singles as they try to stay less mainstream than most bands.
Some Of My Favorite Tool Lyrics
1. Jimmy-What was it like to see,
The face of your own stability,
Suddenly look away,
Leaving you with the dead and hopeless?
2. Parabola-This body. This body holding me.
Be my reminder here that I am not alone in
This body, this body holding me, we are eternal
All this pain is an illusion.
3. 46 and 2- My shadow
Change is coming.
Now is my time.
Listen to my muscle memory.
Contemplate what I've been clinging to.
Forty-six and two ahead of me
Awaiting The Next Tool Album
It has been a long time since Tool has released a new album, yet they still seem to beat any competition when it comes to bands. I know a new album is in the works, and I cannot express how much I am going to listening to this album once I get my hands on it. Tool is currently on tour, and is still pleasing fans. I was lucky to see them back in 2016 during their concert in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was my first time seeing them since 2001. They even teased part of one of their new songs. If you are looking for a band that puts in one hundred percent of their work ethics into their music, then I suggest you give Tool a listen. Their song structures and complexity make Tool a band that rises above all competition.