Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tool Brings Its Heavy Machinery to the Petersen Events Center

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tool Brings Its Heavy Machinery to the Petersen Events Center

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If you passed by the Petersen Events Center Monday night and wondered what major construction project was going on atop Cardiac Hill, it was nothing.

It was just the machinations of Tool.

The band from LA that took progressive metal to new, frightening places in the ?90s was back on the hill for the first time in 11 years, arriving without a shred of new material, due to the quartet's side projects and an ongoing legal dispute now settled.

Rumors of a new Tool album have circulated for years, with frontman Maynard James Keenan responding in elusively clever ways, last year telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The new Tool record? It's out. Didn't you get the memo?"

When it happens, it won't be that good of a secret.

In the meantime, Tool is on the road reminding its extremely hardcore following ? lots of burly guys in black T-shirts ? what havoc it can wreak on the eyes and ears.

After a set by lighter Oakland, California, prog group The Once and Future Band, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor took their places at the far edges of the stage, with drummer Danny Carey well-lit in the middle. Creeping out of the dark, and then staying in the dark on a platform next to Carey, was Tool's anti-frontman Keenan, dressed like he was about to work security at the G20 summit. It was too good of a look to be wasted in the shadows, but that's Maynard.

He also kept himself low in the mix, so as not to interfere too much with the relentless chug and churn of guitar and jackhammer rhythms. Tool eased in with nine minutes of "The Grudge" and then proceeded to pummel us for two-plus hours with faves like "Aenema," Jambi" and "Third Eye," flexing what might be the most muscular sound any band has ever created (hard to measure those things). Tool does all the work, eschewing any sort of shout-along choruses to get its fans involved. The lyrics read more like scientific journal entries. …

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