Lateralus

Lateralus

by Tool

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Overview

We've all heard bands take ages between releases, only to return with an album that could've been knocked off over a long weekend -- but that's most assuredly not the case with this long-awaited disc. Alternately challenging and frustrating, the wildly complex, 79-minute Lateralus sounds as if Maynard James Keenan and company spent the bulk of the five years since Aenima tweaking, deconstructing, and generally mucking about with the new disc's 12 pieces. Perhaps the most striking thing about Lateralus is its sheer density: "Parabola" wraps one of Keenan's most dissipated-sounding vocals in a haze of guitar fuzz thick enough to prompt a travel advisory, while its thematic doppelgänger, "Parabol," pins the melody down with layers of oppressive echo and creepy effects. Many of the album's songs seem long-winded at first, clocking in at seven, eight, even nine minutes, but few of them settle in one place long enough for ennui to set in. The purposefully ugly "Ticks and Leeches," for instance, gyrates madly, spewing caustic venom one moment and retreating into quiet, desperate moans the next; "Triad," on the other hand, flits from metallic stomp to neo-Arabic wail at the drop of a hat. Tool have paid lots of attention to space, with songs like "The Patient" and "Reflection" punctuated by drones and silences designed to subject the listener to a test -- or perhaps just offer an emotional rest. The sheer scope of Lateralus -- not to mention Keenan's unflaggingly confrontational presence -- makes the former scenario seem more likely, but as long as your attention span is in good working order, it's a test you'll want to repeat.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Volcano
UPC: 0614223116020
catalogNumber: 31160
Rank: 1761

Tracks

  1. The Grudge
  2. Eon Blue Apocalypse
  3. The Patient
  4. Mantra
  5. Schism
  6. Parabol
  7. Parabola
  8. Ticks and Leeches
  9. Lateralus
  10. Disposition
  11. Reflection
  12. Triad
  13. Faaip De Oiad

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Lateralus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well after 5 years Tool has done it once again. They have released another excellent album. All throughout the Lateralus album you can hear how the band has really matured and learned. They combine new hypnotic electric sounds with the old hard rocking sounds that they had started out with to let us know they are still the same band. Add some tribal drum beats, a voice that soothes and invokes at the same time, and some more great guitar riffs and you're sure to be entranced and have this CD on repeat. This album only seems to get better each time I listen to it. Completely mind blowing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this album sees Tool continue with what they do best. Create an album full of good songs, not just one or two, and they are all epic adventures. Very journeyfull(if thats a word), especially parabol - parabola, lateralus and the grudge. Not to mention the shear violence of ticks and leeches. Hope this is what u wanted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So here we are in this trapped, lifeless world, and we listen for the truth our whole lives, wondering... is there really a reason?? Then one day in our life a band by the name TOOL comes along and really defies our way of thinking, our way of gathering this world together. believe in what you want .. yet listen to what others have to say, and understand there is no moral there is no reason just what ever is here in front of us that we have to deal with... Tool doesn't try to make me think their way, which is why, I KNOW, I don't think exactly like Tool, but they have made believe in life in a perspective only of mine, while learning with others. All of the albums have been a perfect success, and have made me aww in so many different ways. So thank you Opiate Thank you Undertow Thank you AEnema Thank you Salival Thank you Lateralus And thank you Tool For being everything my taste has needed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best album from begining to end that I have heard in several years. In an era where there are far too many adjectives for music,(ie..alternative, pop etc.) I can simply say that this is the best example of a ROCK album that I can think of. Not rock & roll(an out dated term) and not alternative.(a name given to anything that isn't The Beatles or The Who) If webster needs a picture to go beside its definition of ROCK, it should look no further that TOOL. Simply put, it is an excellent album that will be enjoyed by any true ROCK fan. I give it my full seal of approval!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when it was released yesterday. I've probably listened to it a dozen times already. It gets better with each listening! An album like this is a real treat, and I wish more artists would spend more time making their albums more original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dig jazz, especially the really far-out stuff, then you will love this. However, many rock fans may not be able to fully grasp this. Lateralus, and I suppose Tool in general, is by no means heavy metal. It is avant-garde music that will send shivers down your spine and electrical charges to your mind. Open up and challenge yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I get the feeling that tool fans want this album to be good so badly, they're missing it's obvious(and numerous)shortcomings. I can understand. I've been an avid tool fan since their first ep and have been eagerly awaiting this album. But all things must come to an end and this sounds like it should be their last album. They just sound completely tapped out. We should consider tools album Undertow as 'War of the Worlds' and Aenima as their 'Citizen Kane'. Naturally we should think of Lateralus as their Ernest and Julio Gallo commercial.Other than the intro to Schism, Justin's bass lines are not worth mentioning. We all get drummer Danny Carey's recent obsession with Aloke but we don't need 'tabla' in every song. Adam's guitar work is as reliable as ever. One can only wonder at the sounds emanating from his Les Paul on Parabola. Perhaps the biggest fault of the album comes from the increasingly pretentious Mr. Keenan. His vocals are fine but his lyrics are seriously lacking. There had been article upon article stating that the music had been finished and the band was waiting for Maynard to add the lyrics. And that's exactly what it sounds like. Maynard simply repeats himself far too often. During the first single(Schism)he repeats the line 'I know the pieces fit' no less than 11 times. One can speculate as to why there is this seemingly lack of effort, but he seems to have no trouble writing lyrics for his 'side'(though I'd wager soon to be full time)project A Perfect Circle. Also not helping Maynard's lyrical monotony is the formula for virtualy every song on the album. Adam plucks a few non-distorted notes and then plows the listener over with some heavy chords. Add an unassuming bass line and far too much tabla, then drag it all out for two or three minutes longer than it has to be and you've got Lateralus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the perfect example of what I like to call "art metal." My favorite song is easily "Parabola." It's hard to describe Tool's sound. If I wasn't a musician I don't believe I would like it as much. Oh well, even if you aren't a musician you should give Lateralus a listen. Peace.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
What else do you say after hearing an album this amazing other than "wow"? That's pretty much all I could say after having first listened through this album. Quite frankly, this has got to be one of the most amazing albums I have ever heard. After having listened to Aenima for quite some time and really enjoying that album as well, I then bought this one a matter of months after it had come out, and I was just totally blown away by it. The first track on the album, Grudge, was good and rocky and just totally amazing...a perfect song to kick the album off with. Following that, Tool goes back and forth between amazing rock riffs and stellar experimental ambient sound, and Myanard James Keenan provides excellent vocals throughout. The albums is quite a trip, and I mean that in a good way of course. The last track on the album will run chills up your spine too. It's pretty crazy. Be sure to check that out too. This is defintely one of my all time favorite albums for many reasons, and I recommend it for anyone looking for a unique musical experience that both rocks and opens your mind. Way to go Tool! You guys are amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album is really original and makes u feel angry frustrated sad mad deep inside whatever u feel is in the album i adore it
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the few completely original hard rock bands left on the planet has put out yet another masterpiece, Lateralus. The more you listen to it, the more cool subleties come out of the fold, and the better it gets. if you like amazing drums, cool guitars, and a heavy sound, buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tool is an acquired taste. Some will like their stuff, some will not. That's the kind of band they are. I happen to be part of the former group. They are just about my favorite band. They create dark, eerie soundscapes, and they don't cater to the mainstream. They jam at their will, and it's an empowering, amazing experience. I always thought Aenima was the darkest album I'd heard, until I heard Lateralus. There is not one moment in this entire album that makes you feel comfortable. The riffs are menacing, and Keenan growls like never before, uttering a truly memorable pitch-black scream in 'Ticks and Leeches'. 'Mantra' is one of the most disturbing experimental songs I've heard in my entire life. I can't describe it, but you will most likely be creeped out when you hear it. Tool is one of the best bands to grace their genre, whatever that may be. They continually push the industry forward with everything they do. Rock on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TOOL has put out yet another great album. For so many years I have been waiting for an album that shows what art in the form of music really is. The irony of the album is what really gets to me... it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. Not only does this album have a great message, but it also shows you the different colors and textures within their wonderful soundscapes. Hopefully this album will inspire other acts out there to not lose sight of their objectives and just give it their all. And on that note, not to lose the objective of our lives as a whole.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tool's new release is the best yet from this band! Long awaited and worth waiting for! It is Tool at their best. May more good things come from this band. I am the biggest Tool fan ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Carey's spot-on drumming and Chancellor's unique bass work, Tool's rhythm has become a MONSTER. Jones's guitar riffs, while occasionally repetitive, are diverse, varied, original, and emotional. Keenan conveys a wide range of vocal styles, hitting high notes like it's nothing (be sure to check out his 26-second scream on ''The Grudge'' as well).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just kidding. This album is amazing. What you hear may sometimes feel abrasive, or ambient, or fiery, or devestating, or infinitely beautiful. Each an every aspect that each bandmember brings to the table is utterly immaculate, impossibly well executed and a real great joy to listen to. The only way for anyone to get comfortable with it is to listen to the entire thing multiple times. When I say the entire thing I mean the whole entire album from the first second to the last, which will come about 78 minutes later. The songs are long and they will take patience. This isn't 50 Cent or anything. This will require your attention and brain cells in order to understand what makes it so great. And believe you me, it IS GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop listening to this CD from the first time I stuck it in my CD player...I got it on the first day it was released, and I still listen to it in my car every day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sounding like nothing else out there, Lateralus finds Tool an older, wiser, and more reflective band for sure -- but it still bears the trademarks that have made Tool one of the most popular heavy rock acts of the last 10 years. Like Radiohead (to whom this band could arguably be considered the hard-rock counterpart), Tool has made an album that's undeniably its own, yet one which adds layers of subtlety, texture, and meaning that move its sound forward into complex new territory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very original