Tool Biography

Tool, the band that can never be understood! Their music is something out of this planet, and that is something every fan will tell you. There is no genre of music to label Tool, yes we can try progressive metal or maybe even industrial, but it’s just art. Tool uses every single bit of music they get their hands on to come up with something new that will live for years. Every sound they make is unique, their head breaking solos, the screeching noises and mind-blowing videos are all part of their mystic. Tool is our tool to channel our emotions through their music.

Hush

Hush

Tool was formed in 1989 in a really unserious manner, James Keenan and Adam Jones met through a friend, and after Jones listened to Maynard’s tape from a previous project he was fascinated by his voice and he insisted they start a band. That went poorly in the beginning; no one would answer to their audition. Eventually Danny Carey who lived above them joined in on the sessions because he was sorry for them. After just a while Paul D’Amour joined the band through a friend of Adam’s. It wasn’t very long until they had their first gig, and just after a few of their performances record companies started with offers.

After just three months the band signed their first record contract with Zoo records. Well, their first album was released in 1992, Opiate. Although officially, Tool has just 4 albums, there are actually 6, opiate being one of them. Opiate is not classified as an official album because of its length, only 6 songs. But songs like “Hush” and the video that came with it already brought Tool thousands of fans. Songs like “Opiate” and live version of “Jerk-Off” promised, what looked at that moment, as a new metal wave that nobody saw coming. Fans already knew that something new and grand was approaching. Those who didn’t hear of Tool certainly heard of them once the band started touring with Rage Against the Machine.

Tool Band Project

Tool Band Project

Very soon after that came the release of their first full length album, Undertow. The year 1993, with the new sound never before heard, promised something incredible. Undertow blew people’s minds; nobody expected anything like that to come out. Not with grunge and alternative being the mainstream, everyone wondered where they came from. Although album sold great there was a lot of negative publicity as well. Tool showed from the start that they are not just a usual band; their music grew into something new, and their videos and songs like “Prison Sex,” “Sober” and “Bottom” had specific meaning to them that most people at the time didn’t take very good.

Themes like child abuse were not a taboo for them, as they showed later; there was no taboo for Tool. Maynard’s voice that seemed to be raging for hours when they got on stage in Lollapalooza brought them more and more fans, and the band was finally accepted for their greatness.

Tool Band Picture

Tool Band Picture

After a long battle with censorship for their song “Prison Sex”, in 1995 the band finally went into the studio to records their next album. That is when their bassist Paul D’Amour left the band. After a short search Tool hired their current bassist Justin Chancellor, he was chosen even over Scott Reeder of Kyuss, which many of the fans didn’t understand at the time. But Chancellor’s contribution to the band is more than obvious; the sound he made together with them is something that went beyond limits.

In 1996 the band finally released their new album titled Aenima. The album was an instant boom, but with the fans screaming over new album, so were the critics and censorship. Songs like “Stinkfist” were immediately banned from airing, but eventually at the fans request radio stations started playing the uncut version. The album had raw power and long instrumentals that went beyond anyone’s imagination. Songs like “H”, “Forty six & 2”, “Hooker With a Penis” and “Push it” along with already famous “Stinkfist” immediately became hits.

After the fame of their second official release and the great appearance on Lollapalooza, Tool got into trouble. Volcano records filed a lawsuit against them, which unfortunately dragged for some time keeping the band from the studio. In the meanwhile Maynard formed A Perfect Circle and other band members went to do projects of their own, which eventually led fans to believe that the band fell apart. In 2000 Tool stopped those rumors by releasing Salival. Salival was a box set with remakes of famous songs and only one new song, “Merkaba”. That album also had a hidden track that got many DJ’s fired; the title of that track was “Maynard’s Dick”.

Tool Logo

Tool Logo

Shortly after that, in 2001, the band announced their new album. The name of the album Tool announced was “Systema Encéphale”, they also announced 12 songs, some of them titled “Numbereft”, “Encephatalis”, “Musick”, and “Coeliacus”. Of course file sharing networks immediately started providing false files with those names. After just a month Tool announced the real name of the album, Lateralus. We all know what happened afterwards with those file sharing websites, Tool provoked them, and they fell for it. Aside from all that, the new album was something miraculous, the bass got stronger, the drums went to the state of hypnosis and the songs lasted for more then 10 minutes. That got most of their songs banned from radios stations, and their first video release “Parabola” was aired only a few times in the beginning. Of course all of that changed afterwards, the new album was the greatest band success ever. Lateralus sold over 500,000 copies just in the first week.

After all that the band went back on tours. But soon after that there was the famous April fool’s day prank that got the most of Tool fans. The band released a stamen saying that Maynard has found Jesus and that he will be retiring from the band. Of course a few days after that everything was cleared and Tool started playing again. Tool started another long wait for the new album, Maynard continued to work with APC and other members of the band continued with their own projects. But, unlike the previous time, the band reassured their fans that there will be a new album.

In 2006 the band released their last album, 10,000 days. There were many speculations saying that it was a false name like the previous one, but it turned out everyone was wrong. The album took Tool even further, songs like “The Pot”, “Vicarious”, “10,000 Days”, “Jambi” and “Right in Two” are still being active on the chart lists and among music videos played on major networks. Nobody knows when the new album will be released, but there is news that after 5 years Tool is currently in a studio recording their new album, which they promised will be out, but when, no one knows.

Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan

Maynard has worked so far on his personal project, Puscifer, and all fans know that he is taking everything on a new level. As a fan I can only say that I can’t wait until Maynard releases something new, whether that is Tool, A Perfect Circle or Puscifer.