Tool Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Tool Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Tool were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1990, they have produced 5 studio albums, one EP and one box set. The EP was released in 1992 it was entitled “Opiate”and included the tracks “Hush” and “Opiate” which were both released as singles.

Best Tool Albums Of All Time

In the 30 years that Tool have been together, they have only released 5 studio albums, but have built up a solid fan base. Which says a lot about the quality of their musical output. In a change from our normal format of only ranking studio LPs we have added Tool’s EP in the mix this time. If you don’t agree with our rankings, let us know in the comments how and why you’d rank Tool’s albums differently.

6. Opiate (1992)

The quality of the tracks on this EP provide an excellent showcase for their later works. Tool are the ultimate metal band, they started strong with this extended play album. Outstanding tracks include: “Opiate” and “Hush”.

5. Undertow (1993)

“Undertow” continues where “Opiate” left off but with a heavier, darker sound. Stand out tracks include; “Flood”, “Sober” and “Bottom” featuring Henry Rollins. The album made number one on the Heatseekers Albums (US) and number 17 on the New Zealand Album charts.

4. 10,000 Days (2006)

Another great album from the hands of Tool, and their last for 13 years until the release of “Fear Inoculum” in 2019. “10,000 Days” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 564,000 copies in its first week. Stand out tracks include; “Vicarious”, “Jambi” and “Rosetta Stoned”.

3. Fear Inoculum (2019)

The long-awaited 5th Tool album was met with early success as it made number one on the Australian, Belgium, Canadian, New Zealand, Portuguese, UK and US album charts. Outstanding tracks include; “7empest”, “Pneuma” and “Fear Inoculum”.

2. Lateralus (2001)

“Lateralus” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and reached number one in Australia, Canada and Poland. This is the album that defines the band’s sound in so many ways. Stand out tracks include; “Parabol”, “The Grudge” and “Parabola”.

1. Ænima (1996)

This was the album that made Tool a force to be reckoned with on the metal scene. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 148,000 copies in its first week. In all honesty, any one of Tool’s albums could have made the number one ranking but Ænima just has the edge for us. Outstanding tracks include; “Forty Six & 2”, “H” and “Ænima”.

Special Mention

No Tool ranking would be complete without a tipped hat in the direction of;

Salival (2000)

Released in 2000 and recorded over the period of 1992 to 1998, “Salival” consists of live tracks, covers and other great tracks. Many hard core Tool fans cite the band’s performance of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin) as one of their best tracks ever. Plus their live performance of “Pushit” is immense. While the track “You Lied” is a cover of the song by “Peach” which was the previous band of bassist Justin Chancellor.

All Tool Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
Opiate (EP)1992
Undertow1993
Ænima 1996
Lateralus2001
10,000 Days2006
Fear Inoculum2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Tool  album?

The best selling Tool album was “Ænima” which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide since its release on September 17th 1996.

What is the newest Tool  album?

The newest Tool Album is “Fear Inoculum” which was released on August 30th 2019.

What is the first Tool album?

The first Tool album was the EP “Opiate” which was released on March 10th 1992. However their first full album was “Undertow” which was released on April 6th 1993.

What is Tool’s most famous song?

Tool’s most famous song is “Schism” taken from the album “Lateralus”. The single was released on January 15th 2001.

When did Tool start?

Tool was formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1990.

What genre is Tool?

Tool have been classified under the genres of; Post-metal, alternative metal, progressive metal, art rock and progressive rock.

Who are the members of Tool?

The members of Tool are Danny Carey, Maynard James Keenan, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones. Paul D’Amour is a past member of the band.

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