TOOL - Undertow / by Rollie Agado

Not entire sure what possessed me to listen to Undertow today...  I've had the band Tool on my mind for a few days now.  I attended a Spurs playoff game a few days ago and while at the AT&T center I saw a photo of their 2008 (?) performance that I had attended.

I always love the look on peoples faces when they see the inner sleeve art on this album.

I don't really go out of my way to listen to Tool as much as I did when I was in high school or in college, but I've always had a soft spot for them.  I once heard them be described as a "Satanic Rush" band...  and I disagreed with it until I slowly came around to agreeing with that assessment.

While listening to Undertow this morning, it's a little hard to not think about the video Sober.  The video made an incredible impact on me...  despite having burtonesque qualities to it, I found myself wanting to become obsessed with the band.

Another interesting thing about this record is that it was produced by Sylvia Massy...  if you're not familiar with her or her work, I highly recommend that you read up on her.

An incredible amount of credit should be given to Sylvia to helping Tool fully record the bands early sound.

Looking really forward to revisiting some of their other albums this week...

Stand out tracks:

  • Sober
  • Prison Sex

Artists: Tool
Album: Undertow
Producer: Sylvia Massy, Tool
Label: Zoo Entertainment
Recorded: Sound City, Grandmasters Recorders