Indicative of their varied and far-reaching influences (chiefly King Crimson), their music features complex harmonic structures, unconventional time signatures, and borderline New Age subject matter. They may be the only popular musical group to have recorded songs about the mutation of DNA and geometric plane curves. D'Amour left the band in 1995 and was replaced by Justin Chancellor of the UK band Peach in time for Tool's 1995 album Ænima.
Tool has long clashed with conventional television and radio due to their dark musical content and dry disposition: their first single from Ænima was at first shortened for radio play by broadcasting companies until overwhelming fan response compelled them to play the track uncut. The music video for that single, "Stinkfist," was consequently renamed because of the title's suggestive nature to "Track #1." Though their Ænima singles received heavy radio play, their 2001 release Lateralus featured songs that averaged six and a half minutes in length, unwieldy for even the most pioneering of commercial radio disc jockeys. Additionally, the length of their most recent music video for the song "Parabola" clocked in at an unheard of ten and a half minutes, almost condemning it from being aired on mainstream music channels. Compounded with their aversion to appearing in their own music videos, these aspects of their collective personality makes the band's popularity especially peculiar.
|1992||Opiate EP||Zoo/BMG/Volcano: US|
|2000||Salival (CD, VHS & DVD set)||Volcano II/Tool Dissectional: US|
|2001||Lateralus||Volcano II/Tool Dissectional: US|
The band's singles and accompanying videos: including "Sober" from Undertow, "Stinkfist" and "Ænema" from Ænima, and "Schism" and "Parabola" from Lateralus.
Tool's drummer, Danny Carey, uses one of the largest drum sets in modern music - containing approximately 25 different percussive instruments. Guitarist Adam Jones is trained in special effects and movie makeup and directs all of Tool's videos.
Henry Rollins appears briefy on Undertow, reciting a spoken word piece during the song Bottom.
Samples of Bill Hicks' comedy appear in the song "Third Eye", and both "Third Eye" and "Ænima" are based on his philosophy.
Tricky appears, uncredited, in the video for "Parabola".
The String Tribute to Tool: Third Eye Open is a tribute album released in 2001. The tracks are entirely interpreted by string instruments (violins, viola, cello and a double bass) with at least three musicians , the lack of the percussion being sometimes replaced by rapid clinks with the bow, overall the Tool's songs musicality makes this album a very interesting experience.