Worst Things About Tool

I like Tool, but they’re an extremely flawed band and there’s a lot to hate about them. This list compiles all of their worst traits.

The Top Ten

1 They don’t allow their music on streaming services

This really bugs me. At least I do have the full albums on CD, but not everyone does. It be much easier for people to get into the band if they just let their music be on streaming services. - cjWriter1997

They say it’s because they want their music to be listened to as an album. If you want it to be listened to like that, just tell people that. There’s no reason you should disallow your fans from listening to your music because of that! You’re just pushing people to pirate your music and do the opposite of what you want them to! Also, don’t tell your fans who listen to your music and give you money how to listen to your music. If you want to say how you think it should be listened to, that’s fine. But there’s no reason to be this immature about it.

2 The constant pointless noise and filler takes up a large portion of their albums and occasionally songs

I think they put some of those "songs" on their albums to troll us or something.

First of all, don’t try and defend Ænema by saying it’s “To break up the album so you can listen to it as an album”. If they wanted you to listen to it as an album, they wouldn’t have needed all of the pointless filler intermissions/interludes and unnecessary noise.
If you listen to the song “Disgustipated”, it’s 6 minutes of song and 9 minutes of literal crickets and noise. The song itself is incredibly repetitive and it literally exists for no reason at all.

3 They’re immature, both in their music and in real life
4 A lot of their music is boring and/or repetitive

If you listen to Lateralus, it just goes back and forth between Maynard’s calm vocals and the drums and the heavy part. There’s also the boring intro and lousy guitar solo. It’s just a snooze fest. Looking at Disgustipated again, the entire song is 100% pointless. It’s just an incredibly repetitive and awful six minute song with seven minutes of pointless noise and filler.

5 They’re overhyped

I can never escape them on the Internet, especially on this site. Plus, they’re way more popular than they deserve to be. There’s no reason they should be more popular than Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Dream Theater, etc. Those are all bands that came before Tool and also worked way harder than they did.

6 They have weak and generic instrumentation

I find he production on many of their songs to feel flat - kempokid

That's a bit of a stretch honestly. Just because they aren't doing extremely fast solos or insanely progressive riffs, doesn't mean it's "weak and generic".
If the instrumentation is so "weak and generic" why do so many bands try to blatantly copy the band's sound?
Come on, I get you don't like the band's sound but music isn't as black and white as you think, no matter how hard you want it to be. - cjWriter1997

Referring back to Lateralus, the drumming is just boring and the riff is nothing special. The bass isn’t either and Maynard has weak vocals. His screaming is just meh and there’s nothing all that special about it.

7 They have a rabid fanbase

I hear that. - AdamDestructorJr.

I mean, they act like Tool is the best thing in the world, and they worship Maynard like he’s a god. Even though he’d just as soon spit in their faces. And, like I’ve said, they overanalyze their music to no end.

8 The lyrics aren’t that good

I’ve seen all kinds of people praise their lyrics as “genius” and overanalyze them to the point that it’s annoying. Tool doesn’t have deep, complex, meaningful lyrics, they just write about things pretty much anyone could write about, and their rabid, god awful fanbase just overanalyzes them and makes them seem much better than they actually are. If you look at Octavarium by Dream Theater, that’s a song that you can actually analyze and find a lot more of value there. It’s a far more unique song with way better lyrics and is vastly superior in every way, pretty much. Lateralus is repetitive and drags throughout the entire song, and Octavarium is incredibly varied and never drags.

"Someone like him" and "Medicate" can also drag, the payoff of the song is worth the wait however. - cjWriter1997

9 Maynard isn’t a very good singer

When he’s singing calmly, it’s just boring. When he’s screaming, it’s laughable. Just because he sings with emotion doesn’t make him a great singer.

10 A lot of their songs are way longer than they have to be for absolutely no reason

First of all, don’t argue that Dream Theater is guilty of this. They’re still cranking out great epics to this day.
There’s no reason half of Tool’s songs should be as long as they are. Disgustipated shouldn’t even exist. Lateralus is boring and has no reason to be 9 and a half minutes long.
I don’t have a problem with long songs. A lot of my favorite songs are longer than Tool’s songs. But they’re just unnecessarily long. Meshuggah does this as well, but at least Meshuggah does a good job at it most of the time.

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