Don’t expect any new music here, outside of a developing Tool jam in the form of currently titled “Descending.”
It’s been nearly six years since ’90s metal icons Tool have been in the St. Louis area. With this week’s show marking their return (alongside Primus), it seemed like a good moment to take a look at what fans have to look forward to Friday night at Chaifetz Arena.
Both bands have been playing arena-pleasing sets covering their entire discographies, with Tool pulling heavily from their Lateralus and Ænima albums. Primus, meanwhile, have drawn evenly from Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, and Pork Soda. Neither band has been doing much in terms of deep cuts, but most won’t mind. Don’t expect any new music here, outside of a developing Tool jam in the form of currently titled “Descending.”
Openers, Los Angeles band 3TEETH were handpicked by Tool guitarist Adam Jones and pull heavily from fellow L.A. industrialists Nine Inch Nails. With regard to what fans should expect on tour, Jones added, “Combining the styles of Tool and 3TEETH at a live show will result in a naturally induced chemical overload of sonic and visual horripilation.” In case you have no clue what that means (as I did not), horripilation is the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement. The band sounds a bit more Rammstein than Reznor, especially lead singer Alexis Mincolla, who alternates between powerful talk/sing combination to an all-out piercing scream. The band has been drawing rave reviews from fans throughout the first few dates of the tour, so make sure you get to your seats by 7:15 p.m. Tickets as of this writing were long sold out, but the band has been releasing some leading up to the show, so keep an eye out on ticketmaster here. | Bruce Matlock