Tool - Lateralus
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Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #74 / 181
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2001 Ratings: #15
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Drowned in Sound

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


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

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

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.

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.
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.

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.
I rate prog albums so low they call me pitchfork
I was a pretty big Tool fan in 2019, I was really excited when their catalog was going to be available on streaming and i really liked their 2019 album, I remember staying up to listen to it at midnight. Loved it from the start. Nowadays, it seems like that album shrunk on a bunch of people. I haven't listened to it in a while, so I have no idea if it's still an 82 to me now.... we'll see.

Now let's talk about Lateralus, I already knew it was going to shrunk on me because I barely listened to ... read more
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
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
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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Added on: September 8, 2012