Lateralus

Tool - Lateralus
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #73 / 180
User Score
Based on 494 ratings
2001 Ratings: #19
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May 15, 2001 / Release Date
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Volcano / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

To call 'Lateralus' genius would only underwhelm the greatness of this record. Master-piece would be much more appropriate.

100
Sputnikmusic

Lateralus isn't a small piece of work - it'll take a while to digest, but it couldn't be more worth it.

80
AllMusic
Overall, a solid, well-produced album from a band that never fails to deliver with each release.
80
Rolling Stone

You need time to deal with Lateralus — a lot more than the seventy-seven minutes it takes just to play the whole disc. And for much of that time, you will wonder: What the fuck is going on here? Drums, bass and guitars move in jarring cycles of hyperhowl and near-silent death march.

80
Slant Magazine

The band shines again on Lateralus with songs whose instrumentation defies every strum of the four-chord structure that has reigned in rock since Chuck Berry picked up a guitar.

70
NME
Tool’s thing, basically, is progressive rock. Their music is highly structured, composed of loads of complex parts, has no choruses, no hooks, and no verses either, really.
67
Entertainment Weekly

For all of Keenan’s explorations, though, Lateralus repeatedly takes one step back. It isn’t simply that formula is formula. The music has a clean, fluid flow but sounds thin-blooded and far less visceral — freeze-dried — next to newer, younger Ozzfest regulars, like Staind, who have followed in Tool’s wake.

19
Pitchfork
The problem is, Tool defines "opus" as taking their "defining element" (wanking sludge) and stretching it out to the maximum digital capacity of a compact disc.
morningsbell
18
I rate prog albums so low they call me pitchfork
okcomputer12127
71
Since Tool is finally on streaming, I have decided to take a listen to 'Lateralus'. Songs range from 1 minute to 11 minutes, each song gets darker and darker. I mean the last song on the album 'Faaip De Oiad' which is probably the most disturbing song I have listened to in a while. This album spirals out of control, and I wouldn't recommend to the faintest of heart. It's almost an hour and a half's of pure insanity. Like, this is just horrifying, some of these songs are just painful to listen ... read more
Benny
90
I
Mean
This Is
Very Fucking Dope
But Like Sometimes The Tracks
Can Get Stale But Overall Great Fucking Project

Keep in mind i wrote that with the numbers 1,1,2,3,5,8 in mind which is the way Maynard opened his verse on the song Lateralus so i just had to do it
thebibleparttwo
97
bitchfork
WhatTheFunk
86
There are not a lot of words to describe a Tool album. We could talk about perfection, genius, 10-minute tracks felt as a 4-minute track, exceptional vocal control... But all these words, put together, could not describe "Lateralus". In 2001, with its 10 years of existence, Tool does not have much to prove to the metal scene. And even if the band of Maynard James Keenan did not wait until 2001 to make itself acclaimed, "Lateralus" is, in the heart of many fans, the album of ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Grudge 
  2. Eon Blue Apocalypse 
  3. The Patient 
  4. Mantra 
  5. Schism 
  6. Parabol 
  7. Parabola 
  8. Ticks & Leeches 
  9. Lateralis 
  10. Disposition 
  11. Reflection 
  12. Triad 
  13. Faaip De Oiad
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