In 1993, Undertow by Tool was released to critical acclaim. To say that Tool raised the musical landscape would be an understatement. The band, which slogged around in alt-metal obscurity prior to the ground-breaking album, turned in a musical masterpiece — and its critical impact is still being analyzed, and dissected, more than 25 years later.

Now, Tool is back and better than ever, thanks in no small part to the release of their long-awaited Fear Inoculum, which was perhaps the most delayed but anticipated album in rock ‘n’ roll history, second only to Chinese Democracy.

Unlike Guns N’ Roses’ effort, however, Tool’s comeback shines behind a series of successful shows. They’re performing live at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on November 16, then heading to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on November 18. The following night, Tool is set to thrill New York City audiences at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, followed by an appearance at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on November 21. Tool will close out their appearances across the New York Tri-State area with a performance at Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall on November 22.

"The impact Tool has had on music is groundbreaking. Staying relevant across decades is no small feat, considering today’s musical landscape."

Tool first emerged from the ocean of the metal movement of the late 1980s. Back when Motley Crue, Poison and Warrant were single-handedly tearing a hole in the ozone layer, Tool was toiling alongside the bombastic operettas of Dream Theater and the howling contralto of Geoff Tate’s Queensryche. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan’s whisper-to-a-scream lion’s roar was diametrically opposed to Vince Neil’s squealing falsetto that made the young girls cry, and yet, it also made perfect sense: for every yin, a yang; for every positive, a negative.

Tool seemed to make more sense as the 1990s came through, and Motley Crue and Poison made way for Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Songs like “Prison Sex” and “Sober” were jarring in their frank tackling of tough subject matters; addiction, crime and the vacuous nature of celebrity culture were turned on their head when Tool — and its spin-off band, A Perfect Circle — got its hands on them.

The impact Tool has had on music is groundbreaking. Staying relevant across decades is no small feat, considering today’s musical landscape.

Though Keenan’s lyrics for “Aenima” were written in 1996, he seemed to be glaring directly into the social media-driven world of 2019, setting the stage to remain relevant through time.

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