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Why I Love Tool...By In Flames' Anders Fridén

He knows all about game-changing metal bands, so In Flames' leader loves him some Maynard and co.

THEY’RE LIKE NO OTHER BAND

“When I went to school in Gothenburg, I always went down to this record store called Dolores Records. One day the guy behind the counter showed me Tool’s first EP and said, ‘These guys are going to be very, very big.’ Tool really broadened my horizons because they had something unique both within the lyrics and, obviously, with Maynard James Keenan’s vocals. He doesn’t sound like anyone; it’s not just his voice but the way he phrases the lyrics. It’s not like you have to understand every single thing he says; it’s good to just feel it. I’ve always been very drawn to that.”

TOOL SONGS BREAK ALL THE RULES

“I love how Tool take their songs in so many different directions. What we do is verse, chorus, verse, and with In Flames, we want to get to the point pretty quickly, ha ha ha! But Tool don’t seem like they’re in a hurry at all, if you know what I mean. A Tool song can go on forever. It’s like a long painting that slowly takes on different shapes and colours as it progresses. And they have this almost garage-type feel to their music. It feels like it could have been recorded live. It’s very honest and raw and I like that a lot.”

THEY DON’T GIVE A FUCK

“They do whatever they feel like, and while they have evolved over the years, they still have that significant sound where as soon as you hear it, you’re like, ‘Ah! That’s Tool!’ I feel a connection to that. It’s like they don’t care – they do things on their terms. Especially Maynard: there’s alot of humour in the lyrics but he’s still very serious about his art. He doesn’t take everything too seriously, but he takes his art very seriously.”

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