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Entries in Tool (4)


Vajra's "Pleroma" for fans of Tool, Dead Can Dance and Nine Inch Nails

Prog rock/metal artist Vajra is yet another reason why New York seems to be at the centre of a serious rock revival. Vocalist and project founder Annamaria Pinna writes the music and lyrics in a style that will especially appeal to Dead Can Dance, Nine Inch Nails and Tool fans. Musically there's a lot to chew on, with extensive tom work, tablas, bells, distorted guitars and angry (but melodic) vocals...and surprise, surprise, Tool "Undertow" engineer Sylvia Massey is at the production help for "Pleroma", Vajra's debut release.

Preview the album at Vajra's Bandcamp below.


Chords of Truth shows brilliant lyrics on "Reflections of Reality"

Not all independent artists play indie pop or dubstep. I know that's difficult to believe if you frequent popular music blogs often, but some stick to the tried-and-true expression of good lyrics and an acoustic guitar. I'm not saying this is a more valid form of expression than the aforementioned genres. It's just nice to hear some music with substance and wisdom.

Jason Garriotte goes by the name Chords of Truth. He is an up-and-coming acoustic/folk singer/songwriter who I believe is striking some deep truths (or "pointing at them", since words can only point) with his lyrics and music. I hear a lot of artists making an effort to be hip, and some of them are good, but I do have a soft spot for a master wordsmith. After all, artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits put a heavy focus on poetry. Chords of Truth's debut album is "Reflections of Reality", and while the music is restrained acoustic material, the lyrics are closest to the spiritual output of Tool's Maynard James Keenan. His voice sounds wise and knowing. Take a listen below.


Lollapalooza 2009 Series: THE HEADLINERS 4.0

If you all didn't catch the 2 Tool videos that were fan-made, I suggest you head over to this post and check them out.   I was just getting done telling our good friend ChicagoNeoCon how I have no idea how to classify the Tool.   I guess they're not "stoner metal", but I'm always drunk and stoned when I go see them, and it's loud and guitar-ish... even metal sounding, so I guess it makes sense if you're looking through the eyes of a confused, questionable, sick son of a bitch like me.

So without allowing the angst to continue, let's go old school Tool with some Sober, something I've never been when the band Tool and I are in the same vicinity (actually, now that I think about it, there seems to be a lot of bands I can say that about... is this a problem?)



Lollapalooza 2009 Series: South Stage Part 4

What would be a showcase of the South Stage without satisfying the Tool army? I know what it'd be... countless comments on how the hell I could forget about Tool. So, as a tribute to their most fanatical of fans, I'm going to showcase a couple well made fan videos spun to Tool music.

The first is a creepy fan-made video to the song The Pot, made with Stop-Motion technic, and no-budget.   Check it out, checker-outers:

Another powerful video I stumbled across was a fan-made video to both Parabol and Parabola (the only true way to listen to the songs... together), made in cohersion with Mel Gibson's the Passion of Christ.    The video editing was very well done: