I've been rambling on quite a lot recently about what is or isn't metal. Not actually determining which bands or albums are or aren't (you should know by now that I find that age-old debate to be pretty fucking pointless), but why it becomes such a big deal with the masses. Whether you poke around the bowels of the internet on metal forums or even just talk to your average Chris Barnes look-a-like, the topic inevitably rears it's rather fruitless head; "Yeah, dude... I totally dug White Pony too... but is it really even metal?" We've all dealt with this before. And it's probably not out of the realm of possibility that the majority of us have dealt with this when listening or discussing Tool.
Diving head first into the annals of Tool's history or sound is rather frivolous at this point, as the horse has been beaten to death at least a hundred times by now. And while the metal community may never come to a collective conclusion about their place in or outside of the genre, Tool has shown that they'll always put together heavy, provocative records with a near superhuman knack for groove.
Maynard James Keenan and co. hinted at last years Big Day Out that a new album is likely in the cards for 2011, but for now we're all still basking in the brilliance of 10,000 Days. I've gotten intensely re-addicted to 10,000 Days over the past few weeks, in particular "The Pot". My WDILF for this week comes from a fan recording from 2007 while Tool were still on the road promoting the album, and... yeah, just watch the video. Bassist Justin Chancellor absolutely melts faces.