🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Tool

Wonder if they’ll get a hammering…

Mercury Rev don’t do badly:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
The Offspring 2.08
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

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  • Undertow
  • Ænima
  • Lateralus
  • 10,000 Days
  • Fear Inoculum

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Small list of singles:

  • Hush
  • Sober
  • Prison Sex
  • Stinkfist
  • H.
  • Ænema
  • Forty Six & 2
  • Schism
  • Lateralus
  • Parabola
  • Vicarious
  • The Pot
  • Jambi
  • Fear Inoculum
  • Pneuma

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This is going to be grim reading.
5 from me. More when I wake up.

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I tried to listen to them once but it wasn’t for me

They’ll probably get a lot of shit on here today, and admittedly I haven’t listened to them in years, but they were quite important for me personally in widening my listening tastes a lot during a time when nu metal was massive. For that reason I’m quite fond of them. It also helps that I never really encountered the stereotypical Tool fan and had to listen to them chatting shite.

Gonna relisten today but leaning towards a 3

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That was the lyrics not the time signature and he’s apologized for that saying that he’d crawled up his arse too far with that. :smiley:

It’s going to a long thread. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Absolutely irredeemable shit. 0/5

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Who??

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Fucking hell, I just pulled the FS out of my head for a hyperbolic example of pretension, and they actually did do it? Amazing! I suppose I might have read that somewhere ages ago and it was lurking in the back of my brain but that’s brilliant

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Right well, I’ll be THAT guy then. I’ve gone for a 4. They were a massively important band for me back around the end of the 90s, and also basically ended my interest in metal.

I have no interest in all the wank that tiresome Tool fans spout on the internet and I’ve never had to talk to them to put me off them. Nu-metal was obviously starting to get popular and as much as I enjoyed that for a while, someone leant me Aenima and it utterly blew my mind.

There is also a lot of pretentious filler wank, particularly on the last couple of albums (and on Lateralus too), and Maynard is actually a Tool with a capital T.

But that still doesn’t detract from how much they knocked my music taste off-centre. I think they were the beginning of me enjoying music that was more unpredictable and played with my preconceptions of how songs could be structured that I still enjoy today. So yes. I loved them. Maybe not so much anymore, but for a time they were a huge deal for me.

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1/5 because we can’t score 0/5.

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Seem pretty respected by certai-
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Gonna be some big opinions here.

Got some stonking choons - Stinkfist, Parabola and Schism chief among them. Last two albums were mostly naff.

Probably goes without saying but some incredible drum work;

Gone from finding all the extra stuff around them really cool when I was 16 to finding it cringeworthy as fuck to now just appreciating the effort put into the lyrics, live shows and artwork.

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Lateralus was/is still great, haven’t liked much since (apart from The Pot and first Perfect Circle album) and couldn’t really get into the earlier stuff, going with a three

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:rotating_light: :rotating_light:

Come on Funky you’re better than that.

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:fishing_pole_and_fish::fishing_pole_and_fish::fishing_pole_and_fish:

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Is that Gregg Wallace?

1/5

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5 / Lateralus / Lateralus

Didn’t realise others held the song Lateralus (aka the fibonacci song) in such high regard.

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Not a clue. I’m too old for that whole nu-metal era which, presumably, this lot are part of. I have never felt a pull towards checking these bands out. A total blank spot for me with regards to nu-metal other than Chop Suey and Rollin’. Are any of their songs as good as those?

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