I've noticed lots of people jumping at the bit to throw Tool into discussions. So, here's a Tool thread. I don't like rock. Well, not the mainstream stuff, and not the majority of it. But I like Tool. When they first came out, I didn't pay too much attention to them. They sounded like a decent metal band, but that's it. Aenima is where they really hit their stride. They learned how to construct whole albums, something that's only done by underground "progressive" rock bands. The real attraction is the rhythm section. That drummer is the shit. I could go either way on the lyrics. Sometimes, they're cool. Sometimes, however, he gets so obscure and starts ranting that it can be a bit annoying, but I guess that's the charm, also. As King Crimson fan, I love the looping riffs that they use (46&2 and Schism, for example). I don't understand why they're so popular, though. They're albums require some patience to listen to, and compared to other mainstream bands, they're more complex and very moody. I guess it's because what I call "qvetch-rock" (ranting, raving, and egotistical complaining by the "sensitive," suicidal, depressed, singer songwriter) has been very popular since grunge. Undertow is a decent rock album. Aenima, as I said, is where they found their voice. Lateralus is the best one so far. Parabola is just so great. I've never heard Opiate, because it's supposed to be like Undertow but not as good. I have no interest in that, as I'm much more into their newer stuff.