TOOL is an American prog-metal band from Los Angeles, assembled in 1990. Since then, they have been creating waves in the metal music industry. During their carrier, they won three Grammy awards. They released seven albums and because of that, choosing the best Tool album is very hard. Because every Tool album is a masterpiece. That is why fans are wondering what is the best Tool album.
Fans have been waiting for a new album for more than a decade. Finally, Tool released a new album for their fans. It is called Fear Inoculum. It is beyond the fan’s expectations. Also, Tool has finally released their catalog for streaming and digital download, especially on Spotify.
Have you ever wondered which is the best Tool album? To find it, we have ranked Tool albums (and EPs) from worst to best.
Does Tool have a greatest hits album?
7 – Salival
If you have a copy of the Salival album, you are among the 2000 lucky people. It comes with a beautiful box that includes a 56-page photo book and a compelling array of live tracks and outtakes. Those properties make Salival album collectors dream. Although good box, this album is under the expectations of the Tool fans. Also, when we compare this with other Tool albums, we can easily say Tool did not put his all effort into making this album. Despite negative comments about the song, you want to listen to it. You can listen to the full Salival album below.
6 – Opiate
Opiate is the first album of the band. Because of that, it has a special place for Tool fans’ hearts. The album includes six-track two of which are live recordings and the album included a hidden song named “The Gaping Lotus Experience.” When the band first released this album, reactions to the album is under the group’s expectations since the aggressive hard rock started to finish. Also, the album includes thought about censorship. Maynard says: I can’t say what I want to / Even if I’m not serious / Things like / Fuck yourself, fuck yourself / You piece of shit, in the “Hush” song. You can listen to the entire album below.
5 – Fear Inoculum
Another decade for the album. The fans had waited for this album for more than a decade. Despite the Grammy award-winning song that came with the album, Fear Inoculum is under fan expectations. This album captured Tool’s most meditative and trance-inducing with drummer Danny Carey. He played his drum like a metal god. Without a doubt, he is the star of this album.
4 – 10,000 Days
For this album, fans had waited more than a decade. However, it was worth waiting for this album because it is a masterpiece. It includes 11 tracks length is 76 minutes. Besides the length of the tracks, this album included progressive compositions such as “Rosetta Stoned,” “The Pot,” and “Victorius.” Those tracks become new hit songs for the Tool band. However, the length of the songs caused problems for the listeners. Sometimes, tracks do not follow the same road. This album is getting lost in its grand scope. You can listen to the full album below.
3 – Undertow
After Tool released its first metal album Opiate EP, they understood their fans’ wants. With this information, they make their Undertow album. This album is slightly more slowly than the first band’s first album. They make perfect melodic art metal. The album’s first single is Sober. It has appeared in a primitive form on the Band 1991 demo. Sober become the most iconic song in the album. It is played over and over again on the radio. When people have heard it, they called the radio station to ask the song’s name. The band gained profound success which is beyond their expectation. You can listen to the entire album below.
Is Lateralus the best tool album?
2 – Lateralus
Everyone assumes that Lateralus must be the best album made by TOOL. However, it is not. Tool band wants to make experimental songs with this album. That’s why they used Fibonacci sequences and “Tibatian monk sounds” in their album. However, this was not a pure metal. Although it is better than the Ænima album, we put it into a second. This album has complex songs like ‘Schism‘ and ‘Parabola‘. You might hear them on the radio over and over again.
1 – Ænima
This album is made Tool what it is because it aimed toward spiritual awakening and psychedelic inspiration. The album title itself provides this: “— a cross of ‘Anima’ (Latin for ‘soul’) and ‘enema’ (well, you know) — suggesting their intriguing mix of high and low art.” Besides the experimental songs, the album includes the most integral part of “Hooker With a Penis.” That’s why this album deserved to be number one on our list. You can listen to this masterpiece of Tool below.