Lateralus (Explicit Version) (2001)
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Tool: Maynard James Keenan (vocals); Adam Jones (guitar); Justin Chancellor (bass); Danny Carey (drums).|
|Recorded at Cello Studios, Hollywood, California, The Hook, Big Empty Space and The Lodge, North Hollywood, California.|
|"Schism" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.|
|Audio Mixer: David Bottrill.|
|Recording information: Big Empty Space, North Hollywood, CA; Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA; The Hook, Hollywood, CA; The Lodge, North Hollywood, CA.|
|Illustrator: Alex Grey.|
|Unknown Contributor Role: Vince DeFranco.|
|Approaching Tool's LATERALUS with a casual ear would be a careless endeavor, to say the least. The sheer magnitude of the musical and emotional textures is as heady as it is primal. Standing out as one of the defining traits of the Tool sound is Justin Chancellor's hauntingly melodic bass playing, which often launches into a role reversal with the mountainous guitar work of Adam Jones. The best examples of said phenomenon are found in "The Grudge" and "Reflection." Drummer Danny Carey slips easily into the pocket, fearlessly tackling odd time signatures and tasty percussion like few contemporary metal percussionists (best evidenced in "The Patient.") Lyrically, LATERALUS crawls through the cerebral catacombs of vocalist Maynard James Keenan, exploring themes such as the fallout from failed communication ("Schism") and clutching to past pain in a desperate attempt at control ("Grudge"). LATERALUS is yet another art-metal tour de force displaying the collective mastery of Tool.|
Producer: Tool; David Bottrill
Engineer: Vince De Franco; David Bottrill
Tool - Lateralus - Music
By: D.A.N. Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/8/2007 7:57 AM
|Where classic rock has Pink Floyd, metal has Tool. Lateralus is metal's Dark Side of the Moon. Over the years my musical tastes have progressed significantly. I've listened to folk, blues, classic rock, heavy metal, thrash, nu-metal and probably about everything in between. I have favorite albums in all genres ranging from the simplest folk to the hardest metal....read the full review|
Associated Artists and Works
|Vitamin String Quartet|
|Release Date : 05/15/2001|
|Original Release Date : 2001|
|Catalog ID : 31160|
|Label : Volcano 3|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00614223116020|
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Drums, bass and guitars move injarring cycles of hyperhowl and near-silent death march....the cumulativ eforce of muscle, imagination and immaculately wrought suspense....In another era, this would have been considered prog rock..."
- Ranked #16 in Spin's "Albums of the Year 2001" - "...Spine-crushing dynamics and the best rock howl of the year..."
- "...Their first No. 1 album is also their spaciest and most technical..."
- "...It's the sound of a giant beast slowly rousing from a slumber, raising havoc, and then settling back in again. LATERALUS reasserts their strengths....leaving you admiring their principles..." - Rating: B-
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Extraordinary in every sense..."
- Ranked #2 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".
- 7 out of 10 - "...A thick slab of art-rock..."
- "...Staggerringly brilliant..."
- "Complex, depressing, uplifting, spiritual and arcane, LATERALUS is rock at its most epic and transcendental."
- 7 out of 10 - "...Adds a little more color to their palette of chanting, drumming and high drama....They're the metal Radiohead..."
Customer Reviews of Lateralus (Explicit Version)
Lateralus - Sticks Out Like An Angel In Hell4/7/2012
Lateralus is my favorite record released by Tool. This album is incredible. It is obvious that every ounce of energy, thought and creativity have been put into this, with fantastic results. Maynard's voice is amazing. Danny Carey's drumming is brutal. Adam Jones is my prediction for best guitarist of the decade unless we get somebody like Hendrix or Corgan in the next ten years. Justin's bass is an essential part of the music and it interacts with the guitar in a new and fresh way
I'll be honest, I never liked Tool. I always admired Maynard James Keenan and thought he was an amazing vocalist, but I never really got into Tool. Their sound just didn't appeal to me. But I when I heard Mer De Noms, I immediately fell in love with A Perfect Circle. In fact, I love A Perfect Circle so much that I can easily call them one of my favorite bands. Their sound varies significantly from Tool and other Hard Rock bands. A Perfect Circle's music is very brooding and eloquent...they create a very dark atmosphere that really pulls you into the songs. Maynard further proves how amazing a vocalist he is as he brings the haunting lyrics to life with hypnotic and trance-inducing vocals. His talent really shines in the amazing ballad "Orestes", the first single "Judith", and my favorite song on the album, "Thinking Of You". But as the name suggests, he's not the only member of the band. Billy Howerdel is a great guitarist and composer, Josh Freese is a very experienced drummer, and Paz Lenchantin and Troy Van Leeuwen are talented musicians as well. Although I was completely blown away with this album, I can't confidently say that others will be as well. I'm sure many people bought Mer De Noms after hearing Judith on the radio or television and expected the rest of the songs to be just like it, but instead finding them to be much more mellow, and were disappointed. So my advice is to buy this CD with an open mind, and not to expect the hardest of rock, but instead very melodic and slow rock music that you can practically fall asleep to. I will admit that it has its flaws, but it achieves what it sets out to do and then some. Mer De Noms is a five star debut from a very talented band that we'll all be hearing from a lot more.
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