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Unleashed: The Story of Tool

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
An in-depth look at the Anglo-American metal band Tool, this title explores not only their uncompromising music but also their unsettling self-made image based on mythological symbols and arcane theories.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Omnibus Press (first published January 12th 2009)
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Feb 02, 2013 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
with this book I was hoping something that the band would be involved with, but that's not the case. rearranging stuff from various sources really doesn't give enough depth. book probably deserves only two stars but for my love of Tool I'll add one more.
the book is informative and is nice to have a package where everything is in one place. (all though I'm pretty sure everything found this book, could have been found on and various other websites. it's just more pleasing to read
Jul 27, 2015 Derek rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite bands, and thus, concert shows as well. Always finding new meanings in their music, and enjoy the author a good deal as well. The parts of this book that really captivated me was reading about how the band writes music together, and everything they listen to for inspiration.
Aug 11, 2015 Kat rated it it was ok
First of all, you are probably better to read the Toolshed FAQ about Tool if you want to learn more about the music. You can also find a huge collection of interviews there, where quotes may be better taken in their context rather than thrown in here and not referenced anywhere. Basically this book is a cut and paste of quotes from the members of Tool from various interviews throughout the years, and the author's "insights" are shallow at best. It was nice to read the quotes altogether, but if y ...more
Janne Paananen
Joel McIver jää minun mielestäni musiikkikirjojen kanssa vähän väliinputoajaksi. Yleensä pidän joko muusikoiden itsensä kirjoittamista omaelämäkerroista, joissa keskeisintä on muusikon elämän merkityksellisimmät henkilökohtaiset asiat (jotkai eivät tietenkään aina edes välttämättä liity musiikkiin) tai sitten kattavista historiikeistä, joissa käydään koko historia, tuotanto ja kiertueet millitarkasti läpi. McIver yrittää tasapainoilla jossain tässä välissä, välillä onnistuen kelvollisesti ja väl ...more
Nathaniel Glosson
Aug 26, 2012 Nathaniel Glosson rated it it was amazing
This is the first, and only, biography of my favoite band EVER: Tool. I really enjoyed it...and I didn't want it to end :(
Nov 07, 2016 Ari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Todella tylsä kirja siihen nähden, että aihe on ehkä maailman kiinnostavin yhtye. Kirja pysytteli lähinnä ulkomusiikillisissa seikoissa ja vältteli minkäänlaista musiikillista analyysiä, aivan yksinkertaisia huomioita tahtilajeista lukuunottamatta. Ulkomusiikillinen analyysi taas tuntui 1) referaatilta lehdille annetuista haastatteluista ja 2) kärsi ylisanoista. Kirjoittaja oli aivan selvästi lähtenyt alusta asti kirjoittamaan kirjaa metalliyhtyeestä "joka muutti koko musiikinlajin peruuttamatto ...more
Maha Balouch
May 21, 2013 Maha Balouch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This is the first and only biography I've read on one of my most favorite bands. This book shed a ton of light to facts I was oblivious to, such as, it was really Adam who formed the band, urging Keenan, and eventually Danny Carey to join. I also learned of how meaningful their lyrics are as well as some of the disguised humor that Keenan incorporated into some of the most serious songs. I also learned the initiative behind every song and every album, and I"ve got to say that Adam was right: "Ou ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Darrell rated it really liked it
Interesting and mostly informative. But the fact that the author confused the 2004 U.S. Presidential election with the farce that was the 2000 election calls to question the accuracy of some of the other aspects of the book.

Despite that he does provide a good analysis of the music and videos and appears to effectively look through the misdirection inherent in all of Tool's work to provide what hopefully is a clear picture of what the band is about.
Sep 04, 2011 Aquarium rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-paper, music
very funny ... otherwise ...

This review sums up my thoughts exactly -

I was wondering while reading - is this book shallow on purpose to make me think or it is just impossible to make a good book about Tool.

I would give it 1 star but I'm newish Tool fan and the biography part was interesting.
Sep 05, 2010 Louis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, read-in-2010
For anyone who wants to see what makes this band tick, this is the book to read. Really in-depth look at their history, personnel and how they make their music.I know they are not everyone's cup of tea musically , but you gotta give them credit for sticking to their guns.
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