Heavy Metal (9) Alternative Metal (8) Progressive Metal (6)
Ominous (9) Paranoid (9) Suffocating (9) Tense/Anxious (9) Brooding (8) Confrontational (8) Fierce (8) Intense (8)
Loss/Grief (9) Scary Music (9) Jealousy (5) Reflection (5) Regret (5)
Song Review by Blake Butler
With their first noticeable single "Sober," Tool began to establish themselves as the unparalleled creators of dark avant-metal that they undeniably now are. The emergence of this twisted and yet somehow higher-level style helped to bring notice to a much overlooked world of aggressive, metal-ish music that by the late '90s had taken over what was left of popular rock music -- paving the way for such bands as Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Korn, and so on. "Sober" thrust itself into many faces with its catchy choppy bass line, spastic and amazingly precise rhythm à la drummer Danny Carey, and the beautiful yet self-probing voice of Maynard James Keenan. "Sober" helped to shift many walls, bringing focus to one of the most impressive mainstream artists of all time.