Best Tool Albums

The Top Ten
1 Lateralus Lateralus Product Image

I personally was obsessed with 10,000 Days for the longest time. That album is where Maynard shines more than ever. I love each album Tool has put out, but artistic and creativity-wise, Lateralus is the best. The single fact that one track (the title track) featured clues hidden in the structure of itself that led to a complete re-organizing of the album's track list makes it the best. Not only is Lateralus beautiful start to finish by itself, but if re-ordered to fit the "Holy Gift" way, each song leads into the next with perfect symmetry, perfect timing, and perfect harmony. This album is by far my favorite in all of history.

An explosive, raw, passionate musical adventure. Not only does the album posses the three previously mentioned qualities, but it's ridiculously calculated. An excellent example of the album's insane amount of precision is the title-track's lyrics following a/the pattern of the Fibonacci Sequence, which allows the entire album's track order to be re-ordered (The re-ordered version of the album is known as 'The Holy Gift'). What does the re-ordering do? It causes every song to fall into perfect collaboration (timing, harmony, etc. )

All in all a simply phenomenal album. I love '10,000 Days' as well, but it's very difficult to beat this album.

This is album is very broad and ridiculously complex. Musically, and in the way it is organized.

Best album of all time, the most complex music aria ever made.

2 Aenima Aenima Product Image

This album, first off is insanely BA, and every song speaks an emotion for every song. This album probably has the weakest on the vocals side, but just like bands like RHCP, except still an amazing voice, it works perfectly for this album. He is showing how he feels, not going on being like "feel for me" he is saying, "Dude I am bad, just as bad as anyone who messed me up." And as a complete album it tells a story, not just a song here, a song here and lets just put this song in for fun, it is expertly crafted. Songs like AEmina, and Eulogy are some of the most emotionally gripping songs. I love it, and anyone who enjoys this stuff, even a little, this a MUST listen to.

I normally would hop on the band wagon and go with Lateralus, but when I consider my favorite tool songs they are basically all on this album... well let me rephrase that because all of tools songs are my favorite, the songs that SPEAK to me the most are on this album and that makes this album very special to me. Its brutally truthful lyrics, beautiful soaring vocals, and lurching riffs put it at NO. 1 for me, can't beat H. a song that I have to be careful of where I listen to it because every time it brings tears to my eyes.

Although lateralus obviously is number one, I don't agree with 1000 days. overall I was not that much of a fan of this album.
-chronologically, I got lateralus first and it is still my favorite.
-next was aenima, and that one came close to topping lateralus.
-then I got 10,00 days and it was not as good as I had hoped it would be (despite all the time I had waited for it to deliver). the songs were just not how they used to be with that awesome guitar and all the great qualities of the first two tool albums I got. the only songs I liked on this album were the pot and vicaruios, but that's pretty much it.

Yes, this is Tool's 'Master of Puppets' and because of the quality of all their releases, it's just an opinion piece. I can't listen to 'Aenema' anymore, because I have become desensitised to its greatness, just like Metallica's opus. Yes, I prefer to listen to 'Lateralus' now - and it's just as good - but I can't ignore the sheer venom and fury and intelligence interwoven in this brutal prog record. Like Metallica at their best, they defy description, and like Metallica, there's simply nothing quite like this mob.

3 10,000 Days 10,000 Days Product Image

Not really a fan of the album, but I'm a fan of the album artwork. it is so creative how you are supposed to look at the pictures through the glasses.

All are great, so I think it really comes down to personal preference, and mine is 10,000 days...and it had me at Vicarious

A very deep and emotional album. I love AEnima to death, but 10,000 days takes the lead.

Kinda sexy to be honest

My personal list is
1. This
2. Aenima
3. Lateralus
4. opiate
5. Undertow

4 Undertow Undertow Product Image

This is considered their worst album for a number of reasons: it's less progressive, it's not as creative as the others, it lacks structure.

For some reason though, it's my favourite one. Possibly because of the heaviness of it.

Seriously? You guys are making this album sound like st. Anger by saying it's their worst album. It is a great classic tool album. (same with opiate too)

This album contains their longest song of all time. it is called disgustipated and it is fifteen minutes long.
That's pretty long if you ask me! ! !

Not as complex as later albums but still a lot to like about it.

5 Fear Inoculum Fear Inoculum Product Image

A lot of longtime fans seem to really hate this one. But I consider it one of their best. It feels a lot more psychedelic than what Tool usually does, and being a fan of psychedelic music helped he enjoy this one a lot.

Complex and layered, this album's polyrhythmic composition highlights the abilities of every member of the band. Definitely one of the best albums.

After a day of listening, I can stay it's at least my 3rd favorite album of theirs.
1) AEnima 9.5/10
2) Lateralus 9.5/10
3) Fear Inoculum 9/10
4) 10,000 Days 8.5/10
5) Undertow 7.5/10
6) Opiate 7/10

Should be at least in the top 3, fantastic album

6 Opiate Opiate Product Image

Just discovered this first album. It's awesome! I like it better than the others.

This is a great ep. its got some great tunes on it such as sweat (which is the best on the album), opiate, hush and the hidden track

Hidden track is called The Gaping Lotus Experience by the way

7 Salival Salival Product Image

Yes, this is an album - and an expensive buy - but I would pay triple for the cd-side of things alone. Their re-imagining of 'Push It' is a journey like no other, along with all the other great covers and live output. 80-minutes of greatness that the cd itself weighs 5kg. A beast!

Pretty damn hard to find in stores.

Pushit. Best song. Best version. You lied was amazing.

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9 The Holy Gift
10 Loving the Alien
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