Tool: An Appreciation

Support for alleged "subliterate kid metal for morons" arises from an unlikely source

They rock like hell. And if you cannot enjoy the simple, joyous act of rocking like hell, you will not like them. But this is a band that moves by its own lights, and whether or not you care to rock with them probably won't make a damn bit of difference. It hasn't so far. A lot of bands sound like Tool these days, but nobody sounds more like Tool than they do.

It's funny, though. I wonder if that's the same sneer that was on faces when another hugely successful band was making astounding records with ridiculous packaging and 10-minute songs that got played all over the FM dial—a band that the rock intelligentsia thought was utter shit but all the kids loved. Now, I ain't saying that Tool are the Led Zeppelin of the aughties. Nobody is Led Zeppelin; that's for sure. They were a great band.

But nobody elseis Tool, right now, and in my humble opinion, that's for sure as well.

illustration: Zak Salley

Zak Sally is formerly of the band Low, which, to put it mildly, sound nothing whatsoever like Tool. Tool play Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, on October 6 and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, October 7.

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