Research and provide details of the music of an artist whose music has undergone changes in style.
A band that has experienced many changes since the beginning of its career is Las Angeles based progressive-rock band, Tool. Since forming in 1991, they have undergone changes involving band members as well as in their music; some being quite obvious while others are more subtle. Tool is currently made up of four members. When the band originally formed they were, Maynard James Keenan on vocals, Adam Jones playing lead guitar, Danny Carey on Drums and a bass guitarist named Paul D’amour who has since been replaced by Justin Chancellor.
The original members created Tool’s first EP titled ‘Opiate’, in 1992. It consisted of six songs, two of which were recorded live. All of the songs followed the genre of hard rock with the average song length around three or four minutes. The four studio tracks had a very ‘raw’ sound and were not overly produced in the studio. Although the songs on the EP fit the average length of a lot of pop-rock music, their ‘raw’ sound prevented them from falling into that category. Instead Tool became more of an underground alternative hard rock band. Most of the music on ‘Opiate’ has a 4/4 time signature and is in drop D tuning.
The guitar riffs and patterns are generally simpler compared to some of the music Tool have created on more recent albums. The majority of the guitar riffs are very rhythm based and do not consist of much melody. As a result of this the songs have a dark, dirty feel to them. ‘Opiate’ is considered by many to be the band’s ‘harshest’ release. Not only because of the ‘raw’ sound but also because of the song lyrics that Maynard aggressively sings and screams. Songs like ‘Jerk Off’ and ‘Cold and Ugly’ are possibly the most aggressive ever released by the band.
A year later bassist Paul D’amour left the band and was replaced by current bass player Justin Chancellor. After this... [continues]
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