- Summary: The band's first album of new material in five years was produced by Tool with David Bottrill and features 13 tracks.
- Record Label: Volcano
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Metal
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|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|
Positive: 13 out of 15
Mixed: 1 out of 15
Negative: 1 out of 15
It is dense, it is long, it is complicated. It is also a magnificent triumph of artistry over blind anger.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Positive: 242 out of 257
Mixed: 1 out of 257
Negative: 14 out of 257
justindNov 12, 2003the best album from the most creative band out there
MarkC.Jan 21, 2002When you breathe you breathe for the moment, yet you breathe to stay alive the entire day as well
JoeHMar 21, 2009This 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
JessicaVFeb 25, 2005Awesome
timgJan 3, 2007Before I heard this album in 2001 i wasn't a Tool fan. A friend from work really liked them and gave me this album on tape.... i Before I heard this album in 2001 i wasn't a Tool fan. A friend from work really liked them and gave me this album on tape.... i listened to it once and threw in to the bottom of my driving tapes! About 3 months later i gave it another go. Interesting. Gradually this amasing, uniquely deep and mesmerising album showed itself for what it is; a masterpiece of modern metal and my personal favorite album of all time. Buy.it.now.… Expand
AdamL.Apr 20, 2008Far and above the greatest drumming album ever, one of the greatest concept albums ever
[Anonymous]Nov 6, 2001THIS BAND SUX! IT'S SATANIC!
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