Thanks so much Nagaz, I’m very excited for the moment I am done preparing for my performance on Friday, so that I can view this live vids. Also, thank you so much for describing the experience of a Tool concert, and why someone consider them hallucinogenic. I’ll be honest, I think the Tool albums stink. I think they sound very generic. I don’t think they experiment, try to break boundries, or escape their sound at all. While songs like Schism are somewhat intresting because of the odd bassline, and mostly the imagery from the video, it’s still sounds very much like every Tool song, in my eyes. The rest of the songs on that album don’t go much of anywhere else but within the same distorted guitars and maynard singing realm… I tried very hard to get into them, and I do appreciate metal when done creatively.
For example (and though most of you might find this corny [no pun intended]), I beleive the group Korn has done alot to create an entirely new sound for metal, and I consider their later albums to be the best as they begin to incorporate some untraditional songwriting structures, singing, and most importantly the production (incorporation of electronics, synths, and many many sound effects). Most Korn fans will disagree with me, but I find the electronics and unconventional production to be very ear pleasing.
I know, I know, enough about Korn, but where I’m going with this is that in Tool records, I never hear the use of odd effects, sounds, pedals, and I ecspecially NEVER hear any synths like you have mentioned are used in the live performance… were this not the case, I would probably find Tool to be amazing, as I beleive with the right producer and attitude toward production and experimentation, they have the potential to be AMAZING. My other point is that my disintrest in Tool’s work is not that I don’t like metal, because when done differently, strangely, and uniquely, I love it!
Anyway… If what you are saying about the live act is true. I do find that to be very psychedelic and hallucinogenic (of course, in a different way than shpongle). And I have definently added it on my list of things to do, to go to a Tool concert before I’m dead. However, I only wish they applied this sound… the effects, the synths, and imagery into their sound on the records. Does this make sense, or do you completely disagree?
I find there to be a huge lack of effects pedals and anything like a synth or sound effects. I don’t see how this is disputable… anyone disagree? If so, please point out which song in their recorded catalog, that I am wrong about
Again, thank you for the vids, I look forward to seeing them. Your description sounds wonderful!