Tool is a rock band that formed in 1990 in Los Angeles,
California when drummer Danny Carey joined the rehearsal of singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, and bassist
Paul d'Amour. His decision proved to be a
stroke of luck. Tool is one of the biggest
modern rock groups in recent history.
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Tool's overall sound has been described as "grinding, post-Jane's Addiction heavy metal" as well as "a primal sound as distinct as it is disturbing". In many cases, Tool are categorized as alternative metal, a broad label used to loosely categorize bands such as Jane's Addiction, Rage Against the Machine and Faith No More, among others. They are known for addressing philosophical and spiritual issues in their lyrics, such as evolution and Jungian psychology ("Forty-Six & 2"), organized religion ("Opiate") and transcendence ("Lateralus"). Tool are also known for songs that feature "complex rhythm changes, haunting vocals and an onslaught of changes in dynamics" which often result in a greater-than-average track length. Their music has been influenced by King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush and early Yes.
Tool immediately received recognition for their first commercial release, Opiate (1992). The six-song EP included some of the heaviest songs the band had written, among them the singles "Hush" and "Opiate" which quickly gained attention. Tool was quick to release their first full-length album, Undertow (1993), soon after Opiate. The album was eventually certified double platinum on May 14, 2001.
Their album Lateralus was released in 2001 and became a success the world over, reaching #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts on its debut week. Although no actual singles were released to support the album, but only radio singles and music videos, Tool received their second Grammy Award for the best metal performance of 2001 for the song "Schism".
Tool's new record, entitled 10,000 Days, was completed on January 29, 2006.