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Published on Jul 10, 2009
This film is a documentary review which traces the band and their music back to their inception in the late 1980s, and follows their story and sound through to the present day. Featuring rare and classic Tool performances, archive footage, exclusive interviews, contributions from their closest colleagues and friends, review and critique from the finest writers of the underground rock press, seldom seen photography, location shoots and a host of other features. They've been together almost 20 years and have survived more of American Rock's sub-genres than any other band still relevant today - from Thrash to Grunge, Nu-Metal to AOR - but Tool have garnered a respect, from fans and critics alike, that other groups could only dream of; a respect built on raw talent, consistent innovation and sublime ability.
Marked by lead singer Maynard's melodic emoting and a set of powerful yet ethereal rolling guitars that transform the genre's defining instrumental aggression into an aural display of frayed feelers and raw nerves, alternative metal band Tool has cultivated a heavily industrial sound which has put group at the forefront of the genre. The Los Angeles-based group, though they have had their hits, have maintained a place at the margins of rock 'n' roll, which allows them to continually experiment. This ultimate documentary tells the exciting story behind the music through a blend of comprehensive footage from live performances, location shoots, interviews with industry and journalism elite, some words about the band from their closest friends, and more.