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  • Summary: The band's first album of new material in five years was produced by Tool with David Bottrill and features 13 tracks.

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Schism
I know the pieces fit 'Cause I watched them fall away. Mildewed and smouldering, Fundamental differing. Pure intention juxtaposed Will set two... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. It is dense, it is long, it is complicated. It is also a magnificent triumph of artistry over blind anger.
  2. Lateralus takes the L.A. band over the edge with elongated musical movements that simmer under heavy-duty distortion, Middle Eastern percussion and freakish guitar-and-drum time signatures that will make musical mathematicians (i.e., prog-rock dorks) as excited as the kids in the mosh pit.
  3. A 79-minute sonic sojourn of hard rock delivered with an arty, fusion-conscious sensibility rooted most obviously from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jane's Addiction.
  4. "Lateralus" is primarily a collection of puzzling time changes, haunting vocals and beyond-intricate percussive patterns that create a theme rooted more in Eastern philosophy than in rock and roll.
  5. Tool's songs are long because the band takes its time, resisting show-offy displays of speed in favor of texture and minimalist mood, borrowing key elements from Far Eastern music and industrial rock along the way.
  6. Research has led me to conclude that the correct, and possibly only, way to fully appreciate this album is at extremely high volume on a decent hi-fi whilst massively stoned out of your gourd.
  7. Now, with the early new century demanding "opuses," Tool follows suit. The problem is, Tool defines "opus" as taking their "defining element" (wanking sludge) and stretching it out to the maximum digital capacity of a compact disc.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 248
  1. carriec
    Oct 5, 2003
    10
    It is amazing! They are true geniuses.. the elaboration is flawless and perfect
  2. JaepilS.
    Jan 7, 2002
    10
    No need to ramble on about how I feel about this masterpiece. Just buy it or you're missing a chance to develop a possible brand new No need to ramble on about how I feel about this masterpiece. Just buy it or you're missing a chance to develop a possible brand new view on music. If Dream Theater is on the light side(heaven), Tool and this CD is right from the core of hell. Expand
  3. JoeH
    Mar 21, 2009
    10
    This is the album I keep coming back to over and over and over again! My CD collection would never be complete without this album and to this This is the album I keep coming back to over and over and over again! My CD collection would never be complete without this album and to this day, it is the only album to which I continuously listen. Each and every song is a testament to how talented Tool is. Listen to this album! Expand
  4. CharlieP
    Jan 24, 2005
    10
    One of the greatest albums of my generation. A skillful and emotional journey into oneself, a true artists album without succumbing to the One of the greatest albums of my generation. A skillful and emotional journey into oneself, a true artists album without succumbing to the record industries wants and promotions. There is no other band out there today like tool because Maynard James Keenan, Daney Carey, Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor and the most skillful and creative force in music today. If there is ANY evidence whatsoever that the music of our generation can move forward away from the crap its become, Tool is that evidence. My personal favorite songs are "Lateralus" "Parabola" and "Disposition." Buy this album. Expand
  5. ShaneK
    Sep 13, 2006
    10
    This is the best album ever made by any band of any genre. Ever. I can not possibly comprehend how someone could not love lateralus.
  6. GustavoA.
    Dec 7, 2007
    10
    Pure genius.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 6, 2001
    0
    THIS BAND SUX! IT'S SATANIC!

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