Undertow

Undertow

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by Tool
     
 

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Just as grunge was reaching its boiling point and radio-friendly punk-pop loomed on the horizon, Tool released Undertow, which firmly reinforced metal's prominence as a musical style -- but, for once, it had something worthwhile to say. At the forefront of Tool's commercial explosion were striking, haunting visuals that complemented the…  See more details below

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Just as grunge was reaching its boiling point and radio-friendly punk-pop loomed on the horizon, Tool released Undertow, which firmly reinforced metal's prominence as a musical style -- but, for once, it had something worthwhile to say. At the forefront of Tool's commercial explosion were striking, haunting visuals that complemented the album's nihilistic yet wistful mood. Drawing equal inspiration from Black Sabbath, alternative theories of science, and Eastern religions, Tool's abrasive sonic assault begins from the opening notes and continues through the final moments of the last composition, an open mockery of organized religion and its incapacity for original thought. With its technical brilliance, musical complexities, and aggressive overtones, Undertow not only paved the way for several bands to break through to the mainstream adolescent mall-rage demographic, it also proved that metal could be simultaneously intelligent, emotional, and brutal. [Undertow was also issued as a clean version for those purchasing their release at family-friendly outlets and for those with a sensitive constitution to profanity but still want to rock.]

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Release Date:
04/06/1993
Label:
Volcano
UPC:
0614223107325
catalogNumber:
31073
Rank:
43733

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Undertow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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If you read the review by this dipfock you will assume TOOL is an average band. This is as far from the truth as one can possibly get. TOOL is much more than a band, it's a way of thinking. A tool to better thinking, deeper understanding of yourself and an insight to worlds we aren't ordinarily allowed to see. Listening to TOOL is an experience like seeing a beautiful mountain in the early morning hours erupting into a volcano or seeing the sun setting over the ocean and as the dark sets in demons begin attacking the very fiber of your being. TOOL is not for the faint of heart. (If you want something softer try 'A Perfect Circle') And you can't dance to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Undertow is an extremely powerful album with hard hitting tracks like 'prison sex' and 'sober.' The band produces on their CD's and produces on stage as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this album and if you're thinking about it, buy it. ''Sober'' is a well-known, incredibly powerful track - also Prison Sex and Bottom are amazing. Tool really is an experience. They just came out with a new track, Schism, long but with the same degree of wrenching emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until the last track, this album doesn't stop doing what it does. The songs have intelligent lyrics, when they can be understoond. It also features very good musicianship, and the first 3 tracks are just great. Not that any of the next six aren't great, but they do not stick out to me as much. Even Henry Rollins seems cool when he reads his poem in the middle of Bottom. The only complaints against this album can be that the last epic takes forever to get to, and it does not seem worth the time to listen to. Also, this does not have anything as good as 46 & 2 or Ænima. But when a band gets better with time that is not much of an actual criticism...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest Tool album ever. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tool's an awesome band that really knows how to bring it. They're one of the few bands now-a-days that actually has raw emotion in practically all their songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anything that's said about Tool's music will never quite fully explain the true meaning of it. I'm listening to the Aenima album as I'm writing this, and number thirteen (Aenima), is how I look at life itself. Tool puts the pathetic truth of life and intense but beautiful music together and makes music the way it should be made, straight from their mind, heart, and soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TOOL is my favorite band. I have every album however if I had to make a list from best to worst it would be 1. ÆNIMA 5 STARS 2. LATERALUS 5 STARS 3. OPIATE 4.5 STARS 4. UNDERTOWER 4 STARS 5. SALIVA 4 STARS personally I only found three songs on this album that I deeply appreiciated and felt helped me: Sober, crawl away, and prison sex. If you are new to TOOL buy ÆNIMA or LATERALUS then once you become obsessed like myself buy them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am fully and completly obsessed with tool.. undertow just rocks.. all of the albums do.. maynard is god!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Tool album I ever heard. It is very good. But, what is up with "Disgustipated"? That song is messed up! It has crickets chirping for like 9 minutes! And it goes from track 15 to track 60! Why?! But the rest of it's good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are only four good songs: "Intolerance," "Prison Sex," "Undertow" and "Sober." Play all the samples and decide for yourself. I would hardly call "Disgustipated" an awesome song, dude!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maynard James Keenan has some the best vocals I've heard in a long time. My favorite album is probably Aenema. If your new to Tool, buy 10,000 Days first or Lateralus, because they are easier to listen to and understand. Undertow is still one of their best albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how someone who thinks they understand Tool's music so well, can't even spell the name of his favorite CD from them. Anyway, it's an all right CD. Some songs are great, and some are just filler songs. Play the samples and decide for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1. Take your Undertow CD case. 2.Open it up. 3.Take the tray that the disc sits on and remove it from the case. 4.Pretty crazy huh?
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Wow, dogging on other peoples reviews, huh? Anyways, I believe all the songs on this album are amazing. Someone complained cause there's a track with just crickets. It's supposed to set the tone and anyways, there's already enough tracks without it to equal more than a full album so quit your whining. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure there's a hidden track at the very end. Don't sue me if I'm wrong. Sure, Lateralus may have been personally a tad better, but by no means is this a 3 star album. Definitely 5 stars worth here. I'm still not sure why everyone macks on Lateralus and 10,000 Days when their both amazing, too.
RacoCooper More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite albums. I had originally only had a burned copy of the CD but I just got a new copy off of Barnes and Noble.com. This is one of the few CD's I own that I can listen to every track without skipping. Each song showcases Tool's signature weird and dark sound. This is a CD that should be in any rock fan's collection!
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