by Tool

(2001) Volcano #61422-31160-2 CD

Personnel Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones
Description Excellent ethereal alterna-metal, the best record of the year by far.
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Directory Recordings: Metal
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (of 5)
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On 1/8/2008, Michael Laurance (4040) posted:
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One of my favorite albums of all time. While there isn't the flash and technical prowess that some of you look for, the soundscapes painted by Adam Jones are to be respected and awed. This is the sound you get when you refuse endorsements, and experiment with amplifiers. He uses 3 different amps at any time, including a bass amp, giving an immense sound.
On 7/23/2002, Derrick Rogers (2441) posted:
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Desperatly beautiful, it haunts the mind.

You know that feeling you get in your chest when you hear something really, really cool, and you can't stop listening to it? I get that everytime I hear this album.
On 5/27/2002, Colin Dru (231) posted:
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For Tool fans who want more 'nima' (I happen to be one of them), 'Lateralus' will probably be a bit disappointing. For this record, the band has evolved to include more diverse musical ideas; this can easily be seen in 'Disposition/Reflection/Triad' (originally one song, divided into three parts for the album). However, a few parts of the album can get a bit repetitive, expecially the 4 minute section near the end of 'Ticks and Leeches', in which the same riff is repeated. 'The Grudge' contains a driving, pounding 5/4 rhythm, while 'Schism' possesses an eerie, haunting, flowing bassline. These songs rarely stray from these central themes, so they again have a tendency drag on a bit, both songs being longer than 5 minutes.

The album does have 2 remarkably solid songs: The screeching feedback and chanting chorus of 'Parabola' could easily hint at the future of alternative rock, and the very progressive and achingly beautiful title track, 'Lateralus,' could be the high point of the album.

There are only 3 filler tracks this time around (unless you count 'Parabol'), and they are just as solid as the ones from 'nima' (they're even more cryptic, too).

Overall, 'Lateralus' will probably be a step down from 'nima' for most fans, but it is still a very strong album.

The guitar playing is notably better than in previous albums. The solos on the title track are remniscent of nima's 'Third Eye,' and the riffs on 'Disposition' (which uses 3 guitar tracks) and 'Reflection' are very original. Avant-garde feedback noise is used in 'Parabola' and 'Triad' to fantastic effect.

Overall, this is a very good album for someone looking for Tool's dark, alternative metal style and high-brow subject matter. The prog-rock elements and nearly perfect songwriting from nima are still here, if you can get past some flaws. A weak 5/5.
On 3/18/2002, Ben Turner (146) posted:
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This record is in many ways better than those that have preceded it. It is less offensive, less "scary," and more complex and thought-provoking than any that have come before. This seems to me to be the epitome of Tool, and they have definitely settled into a very unique but very attractive style. It takes a while to listen to, and I would suggest getting a copy of the lyrics, but this CD is great.
On 10/29/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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Better production and more coherent song structures help this album. Even the abstract parts seem calculated, and every weird noise and trip-out section is there for a reason. The only improvement I can think of is that it's a little too inaccessible at times. There are thirteen tracks, and 2, 4, and 12 are instrumentals, 10 barely has any lyrics, and 13 is spoken word. Reflection, track 11, runs over 11 minutes and is pretty trying, while 6 is so slow and soft it sounds like the band is drifting off to sleep. These gripes probably apply only to people new to Tool or to this type of music in general. These seven weird tracks all have their strong ponts, and the other six are absolute masterpieces which must be heard to be believed. The interplay of the higher-pitched, melodic bass playing and the dirty low-end guitar is an interesting role reversal. There are some excellent guitar moments in Parabola and other songs. Danny Carey's drumming is fantastic as always, especially on The Grudge and Ticks & Leeches. Maynard's vocals are the best thing about this record. His amazing 20 second scream on The Grudge, touching performance on Parabola, and unbelievable heaviness on Ticks & Leeches are testament to the greatest vocalist around today. If you are a fan of heavy music, buy this today and be prepared to completely re-evaluate your opinions of metal.
On 9/4/2001, Ryan Sequeira (7665) posted:
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Lateralus is probably the one of the most mindblowing cd's i own. It is without a doubt, worth 100% of the money i paid for it. it's technically sophisticated, melodic, heavy, mellow, and also pure Tool. IMO, tool's music has matured like a fine wine, close to perfection. It's impossible not to like Tool after listening to Lateralus.