The Tool Album Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Was Scared To Listen To

With their complex and ever-evolving sounds, Tool uses music as a vessel to explore mysterious and spiritual themes. When the instrumental dexterity of each of the band members is added to their lyrical and musical intelligence, they fully deserve the title of one of the best bands in music history.

They play the music with such great attention that you don’t just listen to Tool; you find yourself immersed in a mystical experience. Although the band members prefer to highlight the sonic side of their music and try to keep the lyrics in the background, there is no doubt that Tool’s lyrical content is one of the essential components that give them this ‘best’ crest.

When the lyrical contents, which reveal the darkest sides of human nature, seek ways to purify the soul and explore the shadowy and profound corners of the subconscious, combined with their mystic tunes in instrumentation, Tool’s music really only serves as an ‘experience,’ sometimes, a gruesome one.

And finally, perhaps one of the most significant grounds for this mysterious experience is the artwork they use. Tool not only offers a sonic experience but also brings visual elements into the game, significantly adding to this gruesomeness. Especially the spooky stop motion narratives and images they use in their clips and the mind-bending imagery they use on their album covers sometimes give the feeling of encountering pure evil.’ Just watch the ‘Sober’ video, and you’ll see what I mean.

The album featuring ‘Sober’ deserves special attention in Tool’s discography. ‘Undertow’ was released in 1993 and is their first full-length album after their 1992 debut EP ‘Opiate.’ Even when you see the cover of the album, that iconic red ribcage, an unsettling feeling begins to fill you. This feeling of discomfort reaches its peak as you listen to the album’s songs.

Considering his words in an interview with Loudwire last April, Jacoby Shaddix is one of the names who was highly influenced, in fact, scared, by the artwork of this album. Emphasizing the dark feeling of the album cover in his chat, the frontman also described this visual and sonic mystical atmosphere created by Tool as purely musical intelligence.

“This album kind of scared me the first time I heard it, especially after looking at the artwork in the album,” he revealed, remembering the iconic ribcage on the cover. “It was dark and twisted, and it drew me in. They had this mystery about them. They were like no other band I had ever listened to. The way they mixed prog-rock and metal gave me a real appreciation for musicianship and artistry.”

Tool only has five albums. It’s evident that a lot of thought was put into both the narratives in the albums and the artistic components, so it’s not surprising that their albums take a long time to create. After all, the band’s works are not so easily consumed,’ so the breaks between albums also give the listener time to interpret and experience the elaborate pieces properly.

While they didn’t give their fans a lot of material, they’ve certainly given a solid experience. Their latest album ‘Fear Inoculum’ was released in 2019. Yet, it looks like we won’t have to wait long this time because drummer Danny Carey said they started working on ‘some leftover ideas’ last March. Two weeks ago, they posted a video with a caption reading ‘coming soon’ on their Instagram account. Therefore, all we have to do is gather our nerves and prepare for this experience!