Tool Bassist Explains If Maynard James Keenan Wrote ‘Lateralus’ According To The Fibonacci Sequence

Tool bassist Justin Chancellor opened up about the band’s legendary track, ‘Lateralus‘ and the theories about the track being written according to the Fibonacci sequence during an interview with Kerrang, and apparently, the initial purpose was just to create a feeling like a song folding in on itself.

As some of you know, ‘Lateralus‘ is the third lead single and title track of Tool’s third studio album which was released on May 15, 2001. The track received major interest from both fans and music critics with its distinct time signatures as well as being listed as number one on the list of the ‘Top 50 Metal Songs of the 21st Century’ by Loudwire.

During a recent interview celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, Justin Chancellor opened up about the most peculiar aspect of the track ‘Lateralus.’ While it’s a known fact that the track has a signature timing that’s accırding to the Fibonacci sequence, he revealed it was the intention of the songwriters, especially Maynard James Keenan.

Apparently, the monumental track wrote itself, according to the Tool bassist, because of the fact that the initial idea while writing the song was to create a feeling like a song is folding in on itself as the layers came on top of each other which ultimately created harmony to the Fibonacci sequence that works the exact same way.

Here is what Chancellor said:

The lyrics to Lateralus switch between 9/88/8, and 8/7 time signatures – with the number 987 being the 16th of the Fibonacci sequence. It’s simple logarithmic spiral integer approximation theory! That whole song is just really crazy because it was just the beauty of the way the universe turns. It’s always talked about. I see stuff online, like, ​Tool wrote this according to the Fibonacci sequence.’ But it basically wrote itself. The original riff was a bar of nine, a bar of eight, and a bar of seven, and the idea was that it feels like it’s folding in on itself.

You can click here to see the source and listen to ‘Lateralus’ below.