Thursday, December 23, 2010

Archival Thursdays: Tool - Undertow (1993)

Tool are the benchmark of progressive metal...there, I said it! Mostly every band within the genre have been influenced one form or another by this outfit, and there's no denying that. 'Undertow' is their first full length album, which expressed more diverse dynamics than their previous EP's and singles, and shaped the future of the band. Shortly after 'Undertow' was released, Tool's identity was formed and what followed was a chaotic beauty that will probably never duplicated by anyone else. Besides, lead singer Maynard Kennan is a creative genius, definitely not of this earth. Some of my favorite tracks off this wonderful LP are "Sober" and "Swamp song". School yourselves!

I grabbed this release about a year ago off eBay. This particular copy is the 1996 re-press.