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Album cover
Album by Tool
Released May 15, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Alternative, Heavy Metal
Length 79 min 3 sec
Record label Zoo Records
Producer David Bottrill , Tool
Professional reviews
Q 4 stars out of 5 December 2001 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)
Tool Chronology

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).

As of August 5, 2003, Lateralus has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

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.

Track Listing

  1. "The Grudge" - 8:36
  2. "Eon Blue Apocalypse" - 1:04
  3. "The Patient" - 7:13
  4. "Mantra" - 1:12
  5. "Schism" - 6:47
  6. "Parabol" - 3:04
  7. "Parabola" - 6:03
  8. "Ticks & Leeches" - 8:10
  9. "Lateralus" - 9:24
  10. "Disposition" - 4:46
  11. "Reflection" - 11:07
  12. "Triad" - 8:46
  13. "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.


Charting singles

 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

Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45