I put together the last 9 Bands Like Tool list a while ago, and since then I’ve read a bunch of comments and even a reddit thread about the post where some wanted more. In the last one I felt like I had to list the band’s main influences in addition to a few newer bands.
In this one I’m going to focus mostly lesser known bands that sound like Tool. We fans have been waiting forever, and on the darkest of days we sometimes lose hope. For now let’s try to stay positive and while we do, we need a lot more music to listen to.
For the Spotify users out there here’s the playlist for this post.
Ceterum, “The Architect”
Ceterum from Cleveland Ohio, meld elements of heavy, progressive rock with ambient themes, layered sonic textures, and polyrhythmic experimentation.
Based in Melbourne, 6-piece Transience combines soaring melodies, warped time signatures, crushing grooves and expansive atmospheres to create their own take on progressive rock and metal.
Soen, “Tabula Rasa”
When Swedish drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth) joined forces with metal bassist extraordinaire Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis in a brand new project called Soen, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be just another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project”.
TesseracT, “Of Mind – Norturne”
Founded in 2007, UK Progressive, Groove, Experimental, Metal group TessaracT have been “lowering the TONE.”
Puscifer, “The Remedy”
Puscifer is a band of Maynard James Keenan, known for his work with the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member, he considers the project to be his “creative subconscious.” In light of this, Puscifer could be considered a pseudonym for his solo work.
If These Trees Could Talk, “Solstice”
Formed in 2005, If These Trees Could Talk has grown tremendously since their humble origins in drummer Zack Kelly’s basement as an instrumental project in college. After self-releasing their If These Trees Could Talk EP (2006) and two full-lengths, Above the Earth, Below the Sky (2009) and Red Forest (2012), the group garnered buzz from the global music community, and consequently sold out a three-week European tour in 2012.
Music from the band’s catalog has also been heard in Sony PS3 titles, and on NBC, MTV, VH1, the NFL, in videos for Vans, and for projects on the Sundance Film Festival.
A Swarm Of The Sun, “King of Everything”
A Swarm of the Sun is Swedish duo Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund.
Breaking Orbit, “Conscious Self”
Breaking Orbit create captivating heavy progressive & alternative rock. Their music ebbs and flows through passages intricate and eclectic, melodic yet heavy, tribal but modern, atmospheric and at times brutal. It is an amalgamation of astonishing musicianship that often results in the listener being transported into an audio journey with the band.