Tool
Lateralus


5.0
classic

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2005 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Sometimes I think what the ingredients are to get famous, one I immediately think of is being original. Tool? Original? Anyone knows a band which is more original?
Another ingredient is talent, well.... Danny Carey being one of the best drummers on the whole world (anyone knows a better drummer) and Maynard with his clear voice or Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones with their original yet hard bass and guitar fills.
That's why Tool today is one of the most famous band.
And again they blow everyone away with another awesome album, but here are the reviews.


The Grudge

The first song and a great opener to the album, although it's one of the harder songs, it is also very peacefully. With Maynard's screaming-singing-whispering voice and a very good drum, bass and guitar in a 5/4 beat while it's 8 minutes long, what's wrong???? There is only one thing wrong, the song is a bit repetive, maybe you'll think now, yeah that's possible because the song is 8 minutes long, but that's normal for Tool to make long but interesting songs. But very worth the listening is the loud scream at the end (at about 7 minutes) which lasts for almost 30 seconds.
And that's the end for the Grudge; a great opener of the album.

Grade 8/10


Eon Blue Apocalypse

The first filler. It is a short track of only 1 minute BUT... before you look at the grade just know that grade is based on fillers, and although this is just a filler it has everything a real song has to have, like different parts, has to be exceptional, interesting to listen to it. This filler doesn't use much of all the aspects but it is still a good filler and also the intro-intro of The Patient.

Grade 7/10


The Patient

Just like The Grudge; Again a very long song with again a very well made long intro with again many interludes with again a 5/4 counting with again calm and peacefull moments and with again strong vocals and with again very good drumming and with again very good singing. But this song is very differently than The Grudge. This song is more based on the calm moments then the hard moments like The Grugde.
The first 3 minutes are peacefully and calm and after 3 moments (when it begins to get disturbed and like that) it's still peacefully and calm. That's why this song is so unbelievable good, being calm and strong at the same time (just like Minerva from Deftones is). Do I need to say more?

Grade 10/10


Mantra

Again a filler, but this time it's only a low steady voice (that's why it's called mantra). It looks a bit like some whales communicating to each other but then slowed down. Some people say fillers hasn't to be used in albums, I disagree very much to it. Fillers set the mood in the album or can be used like an intro-intro (like with EBA and the Patient) but this filler is a bit boring, not bad but also not good.

Grade 6/10


Schism

A rather strange track, it begins with a very melodic and extremely beautiful guitar and immediately after that a well made bass riff begins which shows the talent from Justin Chancellor, followed by drums. When Maynard sings it feels a bit of uncomfortable but when the chorus starts he begins with something like "aaaaaaaaaah" which sounds very good. After a few times with some interludes the best part of the whole song comes... The Bridge! A mystical guitar and bass guitar open the bridge and after a few minutes maynard begins to sing. WOW!!! Only for this 30 seconds I would give this whole song a 10 but it's too short... But then a interlude and the drums come in and the bridge part where Maynard sings is repeated. I've never heard something beautiful like this (some songs are pretty close like "Wonderwall" from Oasis or "Dying in your Arms" from Trivium).
But then the outro comes and that's a bit of dissapointing, some nice drumming and shouting bla bla bla...
That was the whole song, first it was hard for me to listen to it but now I love it.

Grade 10/10


Parabol

Well, this filler is a calm sound with Maynard singing. The filler is the same as the real song "Parabola" but calmed down.
Maynard's singing the same words as in Parabola so this is a great intro-intro.
This filler is absolutely well made and is of normal song quality.
It is also well linked to Parabola, just before the end you hear a disturbed guitar and then...

Grade 9/10


Parabola

... the real song begins, a catchy guitar and a nice drum open the song. At the couplet Danny does some cool drumming stuff on the toms while Maynard is singing. The song it repeated for a few times and... well... yeah... the rest is kinda boring, this song is based on the guitar and does some nice work but still, it's not very interesting. It's not bad but the worst thing is that I like the intro-intro (Parabol) more than this song. But now I'm a bit negative so let's see for the good things, for example, the lyrics are very good and the song is full of catchy guitar, bass guitar and drumming.
For some, one of the best songs, for me a good song.

Grade 8.5/10


Ticks & Leeches

Well the beginning part.....

WOW!!!!

An uncredible drum solo from Danny for about 1 minute which is followed by a cool couplet in 7/8 (almost the whole song is played in 7/8 and some parts in 8/8).
The couplet is a bit short for a 8 minute song and so the chorus is.
But after 3 minutes you'll find out, because the last 5 minutes is build in a gigantic bridge. This is a part you wouldn't have expected from any other band but could be expected from Tool, the whole song which is the hardest song ever from Tool is reduced to a clean melodic guitar and bass guitar. This is a very good part because of the well made build-up, first a bass guitar + guitar and later on some mysterious humming from Maynard with some soft drumming and then 5 seconds quiet and then explodes into a hard drumming, guitaring followed by Maynard screaming "SUCK ME DRY"
Then the drum solo comes again (for 20 seconds) and then the outro comes, with the drum solo combined with Maynard singing the chorus.
One of my favorites of the album.

Grade 10/10


Lateralus

It's time for title-track. A great song (héhé) of 9 minutes with an intro of 1 minute, does that sound boring?? Well, it's not. The great intro guitar part keeps it interesting for the whole 1 minute which is followed immediately by an instrumental chorus which has a beat of 9/8, 8/8, 7/8. Oke... But then the couplet comes which is in 5/4 but it sounds very similar (the counting). The song has some nice guitar solo's and a great drumming and has great lyrics. After + - 5 minutes the calm bridge comes where Danny really shows his counting talent, while the other band members play in 4/4 he plays in 5/4. COOL! After that again a guitar solo and some nice interludes. bridge's and breakdowns, before the outro which could be a song on itself.
Another masterpiece.

Grade 10/10


Disposition

My favorite filler of all time. This song is the calmest rock-metal song ever heard, it isn't even rock-metal, it has his own genre. The only lyrics you'll find in this awesome track is "mention this to me. mention something, mention anything . and watch the weather change". And this song is the first part of the Reflection trilogy (Disposition, Reflection, Triad). The drumming is also great, Danny Carey uses some eehm... don't exactly know what he is playing on, but it sounds very good.
This song is almost 5 minutes long but sounds much longer because it uses only a few guitar parts but it sounds very good and another great thing before you can see my grade, this song is perfectly linked to Reflection.

Grade 10/10


Reflection

Just like Schism or Third Eye (Aenima) this is a hard song to start listening to it, but after you know the song this is an unbelievable masterpiece in the whole music history.
It starts with a simple-sounding but pretty hard drum pattern which is followed by the bass guitar.
After 4 minutes the intro is done (one of the longest intro's ever) and Maynard starts singing. Maynards voice sound mysterious and clear at the same time. Then the chorus comes where Tool prove that they are some of the best songwriters, Maynard starts singing "It's calling me" which is incredible good, some people say: "it's only one sentence repeated for 3 times" but just come up with such an incredible sentence!
The second couplet is like the intro and the first couplet combined and shows also very good. The rest of the song (bridge, 3rd chorus and outro) are the same but just with a disturbed guitar and some nice drum fills. The funny thing is, this song is just a gigantic build-up, the second chorus sounds harder then the first, the third chorus harder then the second.
As I said it's a hard song to listen but after a while you'll love

Grade 10/10


Triad

This is the third part of the reflection trilogy. It's slow building with a steady pace (not too fast or too slow). And after 3 minutes the real part comes in.
The whole song is without any lyrics (maybe some screaming from Maynard) but it sounds very good. At 4 minutes the beat is changed from a 3/4 to a 4/4 which is done by Carey. And although it's perfectly linked with Reflection it's very different, disturbed guitar and hard drumming.
Another great song

Grade 8.5/10


Secret Track: Faaip De Oiad

A secret track which is listed on the back of the album, that's strange, but this whole track is strange.
It's something about Area 51 or something, you can hear people talking but it doesn't make any sense.
A secret skip-track.

Grade 6/10


CONCLUSION

This album rocks. I won't give 5 stars except for real masterpieces. This is a masterpiece.
It has only 9 listenable tracks but all the fillers are also great and the whole album is about 1 hour and 20 minutes long.
There are no bad songs in it and many really good songs. We had to wait for 5 years but this album is worth waiting.
By the way, did you like my review, it was my first one.

Recommended songs:
Schism
Ticks and Leeches
The Patient
Disposition
Reflection
Lateralus

Band Members:
James Maynard Keenan - Vocals
Justin Chancellor - Bass
Adam Jones - Guitar
Danny Carey - Drums/Percussion



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2005


15743 Comments


God ive heard so much about tool.... But Ive never heard any of their stuff. What genre are they? I need to hear some samples of this stuff before i buy it.

Storm In A Teacup
September 23rd 2005


13191 Comments


How can you call something that you think is great a filler song?

Killtacular
September 23rd 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I smell a fanboy review. Captain Anti-Fanboy would be ashamed. Claiming Chester to be better than Maynard probably wasn't called for either.

This was actually fairly well written, but the opening and closing paragraphs need to be much, much better.

Dead_Trench
September 23rd 2005


159 Comments


I stopped reading and lost all respect when you said the only singer better than Maynard is the guy from Linkin Part.

Med57
Moderator
September 23rd 2005


1001 Comments


God ive heard so much about tool.... But Ive never heard any of their stuff. What genre are they? I need to hear some samples of this stuff before i buy it.


They're alternative/progressive rock, I'd say. As for the review, it wasn't bad, although your definition of filler needs changing...Parabol isn't filler, and likewise Disposition. There are filler tracks on here though. And sorry, but Tool aren't that original. If you want more original bands who've been making music while Tool have been around, try avant-garde music, like Arcturus and Mr. Bungle (in a different way).

SickoKid
September 23rd 2005


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bahahaha, are you serious? Chester Bennington has a better voice than Maynard? Wow, that is the most retarded comment I have ever heard.

Arrakakaka
September 23rd 2005


685 Comments


Maynard with his clear voice (I only know a few better singers, like Chester Bennington)

What the fucking balls?

pulseczar
September 23rd 2005


2385 Comments


so-so review. But like many many reviewers, you missed the important point of really explaining what kind of music Tool does. It doesn't matter how well known they are, if someone were to read this and didnt know anything about Tool, they'd still be pretty lost. also, if the album has only 9 listenable tracks, how is this a contender for a 5 star album? Keep all that in mind for your next review.

SamRI
September 24th 2005


5 Comments


I don't get why Tool was so freaking big, I hear all this talk about them, and 5 star reviews, so I listen to them....and nothing happens in their songs....I hard some drums at some points, maybe some vocals...and I sit there....wondering if the song has started. They do have good songs, I know that, but, it seems like a lot is just....stuff, and just a total of a min of their song is killer.This Message Edited On 09.24.05

wikuk
September 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey, i haven't said the only singer better than maynard was bennington, i said maynard is a great singer only some singers are better, like bennington.
And by the way, this is my first review and i'm not even from america or england or another english country so it's harder for me to type good english sentences.

And chester has a better voice, clear or raw, high range, can do some sick stuff.

Confessed2005
September 24th 2005


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I thought you did a pretty good review (it was probably better than mine). I wouldn't quite agree that Bennington is better than Maynard. Lyrically, Maynard kicks serious tush. Thumbs up for the review and write more if you can.

wikuk
September 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And Tool is very original, tell me something that's not original about Tool.

By the way, people say I'm a fanboy because I said Chester can sing better than Maynard, but that's not fanboy, it's truth.
I like Tool much more than I like Linkin Park but I admit that Bennington is better.

wikuk
September 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And another thing, I mean that chester can sing better, maynard makes much better lyrics (I'm not even sure if chester makes the lyrics).

And can you please stop saying that i'm a fanboy, i want some comments about my review, to know what i've done wrong and right.

thank you!

choke383
September 24th 2005


66 Comments


Galapogos, went he said it had only 9 listenable tracks he probably ment 9 full tracks (if you take away what he interpreted as fillers)

and man SamRI let Tool settle into your system, it will expand your view and notion in music. Discover why Tool are so great, im a beliver.

and another think, man wikuk that Chester thing was ridiculus. Its seems like all you listen to to say something like that is Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, the new tv hot topic band and tool, go buy cds or something shut the shitty tv off.
There are alot of good signers your could of chose without saying... Chester. Daryl Palumbo, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Maynard, Mike Patton, The Postman Syndrome signer, Britney Spears, Celine Dion ;oP

On another note I thought your review was well written, easy to go through. I like when you mentionned the time changes.
Keep them comming

wikuk
September 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you choke383!

but chester is only one of the different people, and i don't agree that britney is better. Chester can sing everything britney can but also, raw or lower, or other sick sh*t.

But thanks anywayThis Message Edited On 09.24.05

Dancin' Man
September 24th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My lord, this review is balls. All I think about Tool is said in my review. Basically, I agree with this cat that the band is good but there are better bands out there as far as every aspect of Tool goes.

wikuk
September 24th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fast fingers, your review is not as good as you think, in your review your only talking about Tool, but it's the album you've got to talk about, only saying about no filler or which video's you've seen. If I wasn't a tool fan and i've read your review i would have no idea what kind of music they made on Lateralus. Next time read your reviews first before you're going to critizice another reviewer







Cat?This Message Edited On 09.24.05

pulseczar
September 24th 2005


2385 Comments


wikuk, i read your review, i've NEVER heard a tool song, and this review didnt tell me anything, i still still dont know what kind of music they make, so what you said applies to you aswell

YDload
September 24th 2005


1207 Comments


There is one glaring fact that you got wrong in your review. The beginning of Schism is all bass, there is no "very melodic and extremely beautiful guitar" in the intro. There is one opinion I disagree with (I happen to think Parabola is the best song on the album), but I just wanted to clear up that misconception.

wikuk
September 25th 2005


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no, the first 10 second is a guitar but then the bass guitar comes



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