13 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The massive, nearly 79-minute Lateralus is TOOL entering full bloom as the 21st century's most popular, beloved, and impactful progressive rock band—a patient unfurling of heady ideas, mystical themes, and off-kilter riffs. The trademarks of their next two decades are born here on their third album—a spiral of math and science themes, brain-melting time signatures, shifting rhythmic interplay, expanding song lengths, tumbles of drums, and the metaphysical artwork of Alex Grey. It's a legacy band embarking on a new flight path, reinventing their experimental genius and finding new ways to be heavy.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The massive, nearly 79-minute Lateralus is TOOL entering full bloom as the 21st century's most popular, beloved, and impactful progressive rock band—a patient unfurling of heady ideas, mystical themes, and off-kilter riffs. The trademarks of their next two decades are born here on their third album—a spiral of math and science themes, brain-melting time signatures, shifting rhythmic interplay, expanding song lengths, tumbles of drums, and the metaphysical artwork of Alex Grey. It's a legacy band embarking on a new flight path, reinventing their experimental genius and finding new ways to be heavy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
559 Ratings

559 Ratings

PellMull ,

Tool contains music.

This was very good. I like the song with the drums.

MetalMan1245 ,

Not on streaming

This album works so much better if you listen to the whole album, not just the songs that have a little star next to them, but who does that with streaming, why listen to an eleven minute epic song when you can just skip it and hear some two minute "music in a can" that these days is called pop. There's nothing wrong with streaming in general, but it's used in a way that's absolutely gruesome, and to think that this album will be defiled in such a way hurts my brain.

MetalFan227 ,

Utterly Breathtaking

While Tool’s other three albums are masterpieces in their own right and deserve the endless praise and adoration they have received, Lateralus is truly a once in a lifetime album. There is simply no other album like it. Very few bands and albums rival it in terms of beauty, philosophical breadth, and technical creativity. As the title to this review states, this album is simply stunning and must be experienced to truly understand why it will be remembered for decades to come as the benchmark for progressive rock/metal and for popular music in general.

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