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If you aren’t familiar with Mastodon you should be. They’re in the multi-faceted metal genre though I’m not sure of where they exactly fit in. At times they sound like Black Sabbath or Ozzy Osbourne’s solo work, but I hear elements of Tool and Alice In Chains on many of their songs as well. Needless to say, they’ve taken a great deal from the best sources and concocted a sound that’s heavy and memorable. I don’t know this for sure, but I think Nathan Explosion would call them brutal.

Mastodon “Ghost of Karelia”

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Perfect Circle is a bit of a super-group that currently features Maynard from Tool, Billy Howerdel of Ashes Divide, and Josh Freese of The Vandals and Devo. Past members have included the likes of Paz of Zwan, Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of The Stone Age, Tim Alexander of Primus, and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins. Much like Tool the subject of most of the songs are dark with brooding musical backdrops. This song is one of my favorites off the first album.

Perfect Circle “Orestes”

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I remember buying this album, because I’m a huge fan of Tim Alexander from Primus. When he left Primus he joined Laundry, and band that’s always reminded me of Tool (though they weren’t around yet), Shudder to Think, and the quirkiness of Primus. Though the album artwork hasn’t aged well the music has.

Laundry “Canvas”

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I felt that I had to come up with an image that was befitting of the moodiness of a Tool song. It’s hard not to think about the great videos when listening to most of Aenima. I thought that a person with snake arms devouring itself seemed appropriate in this case. I may try to refine this sketch from some additional angles to consider doing a sculpture. I hope you enjoy the song and sketch as much as I enjoyed coming up with it.

Tool “H.”

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Possibly one of the most influential bands of the 90’s, and definitely one of my favorites. In the last couple of years Zach de la Rocha has reunited with the band, and they have been playing a lot of festivals. Hopefully, new material will be coming soon. “Know Your Enemy” features Maynard from Tool, so it has to be a great song.

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“Know Your Enemy”

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