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Lateralus - Tool | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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Release Date

May 15, 2001

Duration

01:18:58

Genre

Pop/Rock

Styles

Alternative Metal Heavy Metal

Recording Location

  • Big Empty Space, North Hollywood, CA
  • Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA
  • The Hook, Hollywood, CA
  • The Lodge, North Hollywood, CA
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Album Moods

Angry Bleak Suffocating Aggressive Brooding Hostile Nihilistic Reflective Somber Angst-Ridden Complex Harsh

Album Themes

Guys Night Out Jealousy Late Night Loss/Grief Regret

Tool

Lateralus

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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston

After an exhaustive five-year litigation battle between the band and their label management, Tool offer up the latest chapter in their musical self-discovery in Lateralus. Make no mistake, this is a prog rock record, reminiscent of King Crimson and Meddle-era Pink Floyd, with a hint of Rush mutated with Tool's signature sonic assault on the ears. Lateralus demands close listening from the first piece onward, as it becomes quickly apparent that this is not going to be an album one can listen to and accept at face value. Complex rhythm changes, haunting vocals, and an onslaught of changes in dynamics make this an album other so-called metal groups could learn from. While some compositions seem out of place, others fit together seamlessly, such as the 23-minute song cycle serving as the climax and resolution of the album. However, the album's most disturbing moment arrives at the end, with dissonant electronic noises placed randomly with a drum solo over a phone call to a talk show discussing the secrets behind Area 51, once again serving as a symbolic gesture from the band encouraging people not to take things at face value and to think for themselves. Overall, a solid, well-produced album from a band that never fails to deliver with each release.

Track Listing

Title/ComposerPerformerTime 1 The Grudge Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 8:36 2 Eon Blue Apocalypse Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 1:04 3 The Patient Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 7:13 4 Mantra Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 1:12 5 Schism Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 6:47 6 Parabol Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 3:04 7 Parabola Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 6:03 8 Ticks & Leeches Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 8:10 9 Lateralus Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 9:24 10 Disposition Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 4:46 11 Reflection Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 11:07 12 Triad Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 8:46 13 Faaip de Oiad Danny Carey / Justin Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan Tool 2:39 blue highlight denotes track pick