Lateralus

Lateralus

by Tool

CD(Dutch Import)

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Overview

We've all heard bands take ages between releases, only to return with an album that could've been knocked off over a long weekend -- but that's most assuredly not the case with this long-awaited disc. Alternately challenging and frustrating, the wildly complex, 79-minute Lateralus sounds as if Maynard James Keenan and company spent the bulk of the five years since Aenima tweaking, deconstructing, and generally mucking about with the new disc's 12 pieces. Perhaps the most striking thing about Lateralus is its sheer density: "Parabola" wraps one of Keenan's most dissipated-sounding vocals in a haze of guitar fuzz thick enough to prompt a travel advisory, while its thematic doppelgänger, "Parabol," pins the melody down with layers of oppressive echo and creepy effects. Many of the album's songs seem long-winded at first, clocking in at seven, eight, even nine minutes, but few of them settle in one place long enough for ennui to set in. The purposefully ugly "Ticks and Leeches," for instance, gyrates madly, spewing caustic venom one moment and retreating into quiet, desperate moans the next; "Triad," on the other hand, flits from metallic stomp to neo-Arabic wail at the drop of a hat. Tool have paid lots of attention to space, with songs like "The Patient" and "Reflection" punctuated by drones and silences designed to subject the listener to a test -- or perhaps just offer an emotional rest. The sheer scope of Lateralus -- not to mention Keenan's unflaggingly confrontational presence -- makes the former scenario seem more likely, but as long as your attention span is in good working order, it's a test you'll want to repeat.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/02/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828765364522
catalogNumber: 916474
Rank: 20813

Tracks

  1. The Grudge
  2. Eon Blue Apocalypse
  3. The Patient
  4. Mantra
  5. Schism
  6. Parabol
  7. Parabola
  8. Ticks and Leeches
  9. Lateralus
  10. Disposition
  11. Reflection
  12. Triad
  13. Faaip De Oiad

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Lateralus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
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Tool's new release is the best yet from this band! Long awaited and worth waiting for! It is Tool at their best. May more good things come from this band. I am the biggest Tool fan ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the most complex, introspective, and amazingly beautiful pieces of music ever created. Lateralus is not a CD, it is an experience. Simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dig jazz, especially the really far-out stuff, then you will love this. However, many rock fans may not be able to fully grasp this. Lateralus, and I suppose Tool in general, is by no means heavy metal. It is avant-garde music that will send shivers down your spine and electrical charges to your mind. Open up and challenge yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when it was released yesterday. I've probably listened to it a dozen times already. It gets better with each listening! An album like this is a real treat, and I wish more artists would spend more time making their albums more original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best album from begining to end that I have heard in several years. In an era where there are far too many adjectives for music,(ie..alternative, pop etc.) I can simply say that this is the best example of a ROCK album that I can think of. Not rock & roll(an out dated term) and not alternative.(a name given to anything that isn't The Beatles or The Who) If webster needs a picture to go beside its definition of ROCK, it should look no further that TOOL. Simply put, it is an excellent album that will be enjoyed by any true ROCK fan. I give it my full seal of approval!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard Art Bell play the track ''Faaip De Oiad'' on his radio show, I knew I had to buy this album. Tools groundbreaking work has always been inspiring and this is no exception. I have always considered them to be one of the most intelligent bands in existence, and this undertaking furthers my resolve. A must for any fan of music with a high IQ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well after 5 years Tool has done it once again. They have released another excellent album. All throughout the Lateralus album you can hear how the band has really matured and learned. They combine new hypnotic electric sounds with the old hard rocking sounds that they had started out with to let us know they are still the same band. Add some tribal drum beats, a voice that soothes and invokes at the same time, and some more great guitar riffs and you're sure to be entranced and have this CD on repeat. This album only seems to get better each time I listen to it. Completely mind blowing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sounding like nothing else out there, Lateralus finds Tool an older, wiser, and more reflective band for sure -- but it still bears the trademarks that have made Tool one of the most popular heavy rock acts of the last 10 years. Like Radiohead (to whom this band could arguably be considered the hard-rock counterpart), Tool has made an album that's undeniably its own, yet one which adds layers of subtlety, texture, and meaning that move its sound forward into complex new territory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop listening to this CD from the first time I stuck it in my CD player...I got it on the first day it was released, and I still listen to it in my car every day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though the album seems darker and more artsy then their last two releases, its musical greatness cannot be overstated. Maynard's vocals are nowhere near the melodic as with his side project, A Perfect Circle, but the image and sound of Tool do not require that of him. His vocals perfectly fit the great mix of art and angst that has made Tool modern legends. The other musicians on Lateralus continue the sound and musicianship that made Undertow and Aenima so highly regarded. Not only will Lateralus be THE album of the Summer of 2001, but I believe that this album will help in ridding the popular culture of the saccharine Top 40 pop and confused rip-off active rock we have experienced since 1997. Lateralus is definitely worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd , Tool's sound seems to be in a constant spiral with one main core in the center . Definatly a must buy cd for any cultured Tool fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the perfect example of what I like to call "art metal." My favorite song is easily "Parabola." It's hard to describe Tool's sound. If I wasn't a musician I don't believe I would like it as much. Oh well, even if you aren't a musician you should give Lateralus a listen. Peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the few completely original hard rock bands left on the planet has put out yet another masterpiece, Lateralus. The more you listen to it, the more cool subleties come out of the fold, and the better it gets. if you like amazing drums, cool guitars, and a heavy sound, buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an amazing album, right up there with their best (Undertow, in my opinion). They had some great contrasts in terms of dynamics,AMAZING lyrics (this was the highlight of the album, really well thought out lyrics that matched the music perfectly) but I thought the actual music element of it was..a little different than their other albums. Some might like this style more, but I felt it sounded....a little more mainstream. Of course, we all know how big Schism got. It just...it took away a bit of their..''different'' sound. This one was an amazing album, slightly less ''tool-esque'', but really amazing. Worth the money any day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album is really original and makes u feel angry frustrated sad mad deep inside whatever u feel is in the album i adore it
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys have improved aesthetically with each album and this is no exception. Unfortunately it is not as great as improvement as Undertow was to Opiate or Aenima was to Undertow. It is certainly worth buying because it is still much deeper than any of the trendy hate/rage rock that is out there but to someone who has followed Tool's amazing progression, this may be a bit of a let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TO REFER TO ''PUSHING THE ENVELOPE'', WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT, AS LATERALUS HAS DEFINITELY DONE THAT. FROM THE OPENING RIFF TOOL DELIVERS AS ONLY YOU WOULD HAVE EXPECTED THEM TO, INSURING ALL OF US THAT TOOL IS VERY WELL BACK TO DOMINATE. EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT AS IN YOUR FACE AS THE OTHER ALBUMS, LATERALUS DISPLAYS TOOL'S MUSICAL ABILITY AS ''GUTWRENCHING'' AND DOWNRIGHT ''SUPERIOR'' TO ANY BAND IN THE INDUSTRY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I get the feeling that tool fans want this album to be good so badly, they're missing it's obvious(and numerous)shortcomings. I can understand. I've been an avid tool fan since their first ep and have been eagerly awaiting this album. But all things must come to an end and this sounds like it should be their last album. They just sound completely tapped out. We should consider tools album Undertow as 'War of the Worlds' and Aenima as their 'Citizen Kane'. Naturally we should think of Lateralus as their Ernest and Julio Gallo commercial.Other than the intro to Schism, Justin's bass lines are not worth mentioning. We all get drummer Danny Carey's recent obsession with Aloke but we don't need 'tabla' in every song. Adam's guitar work is as reliable as ever. One can only wonder at the sounds emanating from his Les Paul on Parabola. Perhaps the biggest fault of the album comes from the increasingly pretentious Mr. Keenan. His vocals are fine but his lyrics are seriously lacking. There had been article upon article stating that the music had been finished and the band was waiting for Maynard to add the lyrics. And that's exactly what it sounds like. Maynard simply repeats himself far too often. During the first single(Schism)he repeats the line 'I know the pieces fit' no less than 11 times. One can speculate as to why there is this seemingly lack of effort, but he seems to have no trouble writing lyrics for his 'side'(though I'd wager soon to be full time)project A Perfect Circle. Also not helping Maynard's lyrical monotony is the formula for virtualy every song on the album. Adam plucks a few non-distorted notes and then plows the listener over with some heavy chords. Add an unassuming bass line and far too much tabla, then drag it all out for two or three minutes longer than it has to be and you've got Lateralus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So here we are in this trapped, lifeless world, and we listen for the truth our whole lives, wondering... is there really a reason?? Then one day in our life a band by the name TOOL comes along and really defies our way of thinking, our way of gathering this world together. believe in what you want .. yet listen to what others have to say, and understand there is no moral there is no reason just what ever is here in front of us that we have to deal with... Tool doesn't try to make me think their way, which is why, I KNOW, I don't think exactly like Tool, but they have made believe in life in a perspective only of mine, while learning with others. All of the albums have been a perfect success, and have made me aww in so many different ways. So thank you Opiate Thank you Undertow Thank you AEnema Thank you Salival Thank you Lateralus And thank you Tool For being everything my taste has needed.