Tool - Grammy-Winning Prog-Metallers
Operating firmly on the weird side of alternative rock, these LA metal overlords' unique sound has brought them huge success over a quarter of a century, including three Grammy awards. Known for their unusual stage set up in which frontman Maynard James Keenan is shown only in silhouette to the side of the drum kit, this group are all about putting the music in the spotlight.
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Tool Biography - Pledging War Against Censorship
The band was the brainchild of guitarist Adam Jones who insisted on forming band after hearing Keenan's voice on a track from his former group. Following two years of local performances the group signed with the Zoo Entertainment label and released their debut EP Opiate. After touring alongside Rage Against the Machine the band released their full length debut Undertow, which was not only more varied in style but also rocketed to platinum status during the alt rock group's peak, driven by signature song 'Sober''s iconic stop motion video. Their 2001 release Lateralus proved to be their most successful effort yet, peaking at Number One in the US Billboard 200 within the first week.
Known for the controversial subject matter of their songs and their war against censorship, the group have more often than not surprised their fans with hoaxes and pranks, adding a further element of mystery to their music. Keenan's powerful, wailing vocals ring out over fuzzy guitars and drum crashes to produce a suitably dark sound that's seen the group become firm fan favourites.
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