|Album by Tool|
|Released||May 15, 2001|
|Genre||Alternative, Heavy Metal|
|Length||79 min 3 sec|
|Record label||Zoo Records|
|Producer||David Bottrill , Tool|
|Q||4 stars out of 5||December 2001|
|Allmusic.com||4 stars out of 5||link|
|Rolling Stone||4 stars out of 5||June 7, 2001 (pp. 109-110)|
|Spin||Favorable||January 2002 (p. 77)|
|Entertainment Weekly||Grade: B-||May 25, 2001 (pp. 76-77)|
|Alternative Press||7 out of 10||July 2001 (p. 57)|
|CMJ||Favorable||June 4, 2001 (p. 15)|
|NME||7 out of 10||June 2, 2001 (p. 38)|
In 2001 (see 2001 in music), Tool released their fourth studio album, Lateralus. The album was a commercial success, reaching the #1 position on the Billboard charts in its premiere week. Two music videos were released: "Schism" (the video had a short ambient track, "Mantra", at the beginning) and "Parabol/Parabola". Both videos were done in a visceral gothic rock style that Tool uses in all of their artwork.
The album reached the #1 spot on Billboard Music Chart's top Internet Albums chart, top Canadian Albums chart and the Billboard 200 chart (US).
Stylistically, Lateralus is a defiantly progressive album, having emerged from a five year legal tussle with Tool's former label. In spite of its unusual and complex content, the album still became a commercial success in the United States quite apart from the mid- to late-1990s explosion of nu-metal bands like Linkin Park.
- "The Grudge" - 8:36
- "Eon Blue Apocalypse" - 1:04
- "The Patient" - 7:13
- "Mantra" - 1:12
- "Schism" - 6:47
- "Parabol" - 3:04
- "Parabola" - 6:03
- "Ticks & Leeches" - 8:10
- "Lateralus" - 9:24
- "Disposition" - 4:46
- "Reflection" - 11:07
- "Triad" - 8:46
- "Faaip de Oiad" - 2:39
Some time after Lateralus was released a minor flurry of interpretive activity arose around the album. In particular, Carey told an interviewer about Keenan's remark that the time signatures of the main riff in "Lateralus" (9-8-7) also represented a step in the Fibonacci sequence (the sixteenth step, as it turns out). This led some Tool fans to suggest that the tracks on Lateralus can be listened to in spiral-like orders: 6,7,5,8,4,9,3,10,2,11,1,12,13 ("The Lateralus Prophecy") or 6,7,5,8,4,9,13,1,12,2,11,3,10 ("The Holy Gift"). Both arrangements produce different story-lines for the album.
The cover is translucent and flips open to reveal the different layers of the human body, including what appears to be some kind of spiritual layer.
- David Bottrill - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
- Danny Carey - Drums
- Justin Chancellor - Bass
- Vince DeFranco - Engineer
- Alex Grey - Illustrations
- Maynard James Keenan - Vocals
- Adam Jones - Art Direction, Guitar
- Mackie Osborne - Design
2001 Schism The Billboard Hot 100 No. 67 2001 Schism Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 2 2001 Schism Modern Rock Tracks No. 2 2002 Lateralus Modern Rock Tracks No. 18 2002 Lateralus Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 14 2002 Parabola Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 10 2002 Parabola Modern Rock Tracks No. 31