Tue, 12 May 2015 10:06:38
The five most influential songs from the Los Angeles alternative quartet's 2001 epic 'Lateralus'…
Tool's third full-length album, Lateralus, turns 14 on Friday, May 15. However, its impact and importance remain prevalent throughout rock and culture. Following the immense success of Ænima, singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor crafted a seminal piece within their catalog with this record. Anticipation was palpable from the moment it was announced. It was one of the first records that, as a fan, you could feel a true buzz on the internet for. Titles were bandied about, message boards started, and probably a thousand chat rooms spawned. Then, it hit and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Its subsequent tours illuminated the band's brilliance on a nightly basis and enchanted another generation. Given the power of Lateralus, we decided to highlight its five most impactful songs.
The 5 Most Influential Songs from Lateralus
5. "Schism:" This song served as the prelude to Lateralus. After five years since the 1996 release of Ænima, fans worldwide had been clamoring for new music. "Schism" went to radio first, introducing the record with its iconic intro and robust crescendo, "Between supposed lovers." It saw Tool fit their expansive instrumental arsenal flawlessly into an irresistible anthem. "Schism" scored the 2002 Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance" too.
4. "Ticks & Leeches:" This is eight minutes of aggression siphoned into mind-numbing drums courtesy of Danny and one of Adam's crunchiest crushers. It slams at all the right moments and even gives a space for Maynard's haunting bridge to resound. Justin's bass hits succinctly, carving out one of the heaviest moments in the band's catalog.
3. "Parabol" & "Parabola:" These two tracks entwine for one expansive musical movement that begins with a murmur and circles through an entire emotional spectrum punctuated by the group's intricately irresistible instrumentation. Maynard's voice covers the entire range fittingly, carrying the lines, "Remember we are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." It's so convincing that you believe him.