Rock icons Tool remain, to this day, one of the most enigmatic yet brilliantly progressive bands on the planet. Despite having an output level which can best be described as "at a snail's pace."
Throughout the band's twenty-five plus year history, just four full-length albums have been released, all of which hit platinum in multiple countries. Their fans are a virtual army of die-hard supporters who will consume every scrap of new material they can find from the band, though there's precious little out there. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan seems to always be busy, with "side" projects like A Perfect Circle and Puscifer as well as a vineyard and charitable causes. Yet Tool's output simply crawls along, most recently delayed by a long-simmering insurance lawsuit.
All that makes being a Tool fan a rather frustrating experience, since the majority of their body of work is absolutely stellar, yet the wait between albums increasingly tedious. With signs of a fifth release finally appearing, however, it appears that Tool may yet rise again. Which makes this a great time to examine their existing catalog, which, beyond the four LP format albums mentioned, also includes an EP and a DVD/CD hybrid with a number of live and unreleased tracks.
So lets take a look at all of Tool's albums, ranked, and see where all the pieces fit!
Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.