Thursday, August 19, 2010

BAND of the Week

    I am dedicating this to my sportsman, cause this is one of his favorite bands. (even though he won't be reading my blog to see this dedication- ha ha ha)

    Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990.

    Tool has been described, as a "thinking persons metal band."

    During the 1980s, each of the future members of Tool moved to Los Angeles.

    Band Memebers
    Danny Carey- Drums
    Adam Jones- Guitar
    Maynard James Keenan- Vocals
    Justin Chancellor- Bassist

    Early on, the band fabricated the story that they formed because of the pseudophilosophy "lachrymology".

    Although "lachrymology" was also explained to be an inspiration for the band's name, Keenan later explained their intentions differently:

    "Tool is exactly what it sounds like: It's a big dick. It's a wrench.... we are... your tool; use us as a catalyst in your process of finding out whatever it is you need to find out, or whatever it is you're trying to achieve."

    After only a few performances, the band was approached by record companies, and only three months into their career they signed a record deal with Zoo Entertainment.

    Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album Undertow in 1993, and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, Ænima, in 1996.

    Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus (2001) and the most recent album 10,000 Days (2006), gaining the band critical acclaim and success around the world.

    Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock.

    The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members' insistence on privacy.

    In an interview conducted in May 2007, Justin Chancellor stated that the band would probably continue their tour until early 2008 and then "take some time off". He qualified this statement by adding that the band has already written new material and would surely release another album at some point down the road.

    On hiatus since early 2008, Tool was expected to begin writing a new album sometime in 2009, according to Keenan, but gave no details on a possible release date.

    Album Artwork
    Adam Jones is responsible for most of the band's artwork concepts. Later albums included artwork by collaborating artists.

    Grammy Awards
    Ænema- Best Metal Performance
    Schism- Best Metal Performance
    10,000 Days- Best Recording Package

    Undertow (1993)
    Ænima (1996)
    Lateralus (2001)
    10,000 Days (2006)

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