Tool
Lateralus


5.0
classic

Review

by hankdee27 USER (19 Reviews)
November 13th, 2012 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Put this one in, put it on repeat for about three months, and become enlightened musically until the damn CD player breaks down.

Pure, ingenious soul and feeling is comprehended all over the discography of Tool, but Lateralus is a record you’ll want to be proud of. It’s almost like seeing a loved one grow up into a fat rich bastard, who becomes the CEO of a company, and know you get to see the Bahamas. With the release of the band’s last disc, Ænima in 1996, Tool showed absolute disregard for the notion of letting another release see the light of day in a hurry.

With such themes of Jungian psychology and the philosophies of comedian Bill Hicks on Ænima, Lateralus continues an expressive, psychological, and [a bit more of an] emotional journey into the mindful perspectives on everyday life, with Maynard James Keenan on vocals leading the way. The opener, “The Grudge” deals with the stages of hate for another, but perhaps in a more mature way than most alternative-metal band singers/lyricists can manage, with the consciously forgiving shouts of “let go” at the end of the song.

Passion drips through on every track however, the opener not being the only one to think with theory and insight. Sprinkled within is the obviously borrowed influences of Pink Floyd (and a hint of Rush), but Tool rocks a little heavier than Floyd.

“The Patient” is a true progressive metal seven-minute long opus, starting with a simplistic, yet catchy and addictive bass line that progresses into melodic lines amidst distorted guitars, which fades back down quietly again. “Schism” is a song of miscommunication in a relationship that Keenan muses upon with the power chord that flows through most of the tune, backing him. “Ticks And Leeches” is one of the finest metal songs delivered, the vocal performance of Keenan is said to have knocked the old geezer’s vocal chords out for three weeks. The drums also create a sense of pure angst that certainly anyone can have knowledge about, and take preference in without feeling to “young” or “immature”. “Lateralus” is justly a masterpiece in its own right, with lyricism of letting the mind go and “spiral down” into the depths of lateral thinking that will better suit the mind of a struggling humanity. The structure of the song fits in with that of the Fibonacci Sequence, every word perfectly crafted to outfit it.

“Disposition” uses a thought-provoking and stimulating guitar ching-chime-like arrangement that is followed by “Reflection”, with its ball bouncing rhythmic institution, which styles the work of top-notch atmospheric Tool songs. “Faaip de Oiad” is definitely the Lateralus’ most chilling and unsettling moment, with a random static noises, a drum solo from the man himself, Danny Carey, and a sampled recording of a 1997 phone call about Area 51 to the Art Bell radio program, Coast to Coast AM, reminding us to not always have faith in the sometimes ignorantly blind notions of the mind.

Generally, the album succeeds in delivering the goods without the slightest suggestive sneering and remarking that the band is ever going to grow stale. As always, the band provides pure, raw, emotional, and progressive metal that quite honestly, is hard to be beaten by. There is not a more strictly correct album in the progressive metal world.



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ChopSuey
November 12th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the summary is good

hankdee27
November 12th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, appreciate the support.

ChopSuey
November 12th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your welcome, but people might complain because you reviewed an album that already has a lot reviews.

Cygnatti
November 12th 2012


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tl;dr

score is correct so pos

hankdee27
November 12th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, everybody complains on here. I expect it, there will always be to many people on internet to please at once. I get what you mean though,

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


50598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Make your paragraphs

Like this

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facupm
November 12th 2012


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"There is not a more strictly correct album in the progressive metal world."

I respectfully disagree

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JackSparrow
November 12th 2012


1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aenima is better

hankdee27
November 12th 2012


259 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Everyone can have an opinion, but why do you disagree? I'm just curious. I'm not trying to be a dick or anything.

Cipieron
November 12th 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what a dick

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


21474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tool isnt progressive metal

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Lakes.
November 12th 2012


28484 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol

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facupm
November 12th 2012


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree because this album is not as perfect as many people claim, it has its flaws, for example some songs drag a little, vocals are not always brilliant
And I like better some other prog metal albums.
In fact, Aenima could be better than this

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


21474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea theyre not prog metal for starters, also calling an album the most 'correct' ever makes absolutely no sense

breakingthefragile
November 12th 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finally! It's about time this got a review.

Lakes.
November 12th 2012


28484 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tool

Left to right: Jones, Keenan, and Chancellor in 2006
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative metal
Art rock
Progressive metal
Progressive rock

facupm
November 12th 2012


8071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but hell, is an excellent album


VinVal
November 12th 2012


758 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"yea theyre not prog metal for starters"
?

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


21474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alternative metal


stopped reading there

plus relying on wikipedia for genres is lol

MeatSalad
November 12th 2012


14719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How exactly is this band not progressive metal

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