What's up with the album covers not being correct Aenima and Lateralus? This site better be legit or I'm suing! Refund for what?
Although the elasticity of time and having travelled times-around-the-sun between 10, Days and Fear Inoculum makes such delay seem quaint now, those months and years away precipitated real change. The white-hot hype had cooled, somewhat. In the broader rock community, the shadow of grunge had fully subsided and even the subsequent wave of gritty alt. In their place had risen a far gaudier breed of superstar. Acid tongues aside, though, these were not the angry young ish men we had previously come to know. There was little of the wrath for poseurs and ignoramuses intruding on their high-brow existence. Gone were the near-subliminal gross-out references of yore. Righteous indignation was no longer enough. It was time to step up. But breathing that rarefied air — being the smartest guys in the room — can be a lonely occupation.
You can deny it to yourself, but deep down you know it's true. I heard fans say we sold out when the last albums became successful. I had to agree with them. We are a product. But we're also true to what we believe. By the early s, Tool were as much a brand as a band, cultivating an aura of mystery, darkness and sophistication — through their purposeful lack of promotion, their brooding videos, their elaborate time-signatures, their elliptical lyrical references — that transcended their actual music. If you liked Tool, you were as likely to love metaphysics as Meshuggah.
It was released on May 15, through Volcano Entertainment. On August 23, , Lateralus was released as a limited edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package. The album debuted at No. On August 30, , the album was certified silver by the BPI. It was also certified platinum in Australia , and double platinum in Canada. Lateralus emerged after a four-year legal dispute with Tool's label, Volcano Entertainment. File sharing networks such as Napster were flooded with bogus files bearing the titles' names.