Tool – Demo (alt. title “72826,” which spells satan on a keypad)
I had a copy of this, but it’s: 1991, toolshed music
From the KMA 2007-08-12:
A good friend (and fellow Tool fan) recently found this gem on the internets, and he so very kindly made sure I got to hear it. Righteous!
Listening to this amazing piece of metal history, one could almost be convinced that Tool dropped onto Earth fully-formed, blazing away and stomping weaker bands from the instant of their arrival. If you’re a fan, you’ll know the feeling I’m talking about…
Demo is a cool mix of tracks that ultimately found their way onto the official releases Opiate andUndertow. Alternately named Toolshed or 72826 (Wikipedia says this spells Satan on a telephone keypad), it is a fascinating opportunity to hear the band on this, their first foray into what would become their inimitable, signature sound.
Cold And Ugly and Jerk-Off, which on Opiate are awesome live versions, here show themselves to be strong, completely worthy studio tracks. It’s great to hear them as such, as we’re all so used to hearing the live recordings. These alone are worth the price of admission!
Hush, in comparison to the Opiate version, sounds more stripped down, a little under-produced and that’s great. I like the raw feel. Same thing with Part Of Me, which chugs along with all weapons set on Kill from the first note.
Crawl Away sounds a little faster than the Undertow version, and that’s cool. It’s a band adjusting its groove, feeling things out, letting great music and ideas congeal like blood. Sober‘s sound stays closer to the surface and is a little faster than on Undertow, but it’s no less menacing. The words of this version are also slightly different.
In sum, this is a time capsule worth hearing. It’s hard to find, and when you do find it you’ll pay exorbitant amounts of money to get it. But any Tool fan will tell you that it’s all relative – and absolutely worth it.
01 Cold And Ugly
03 Part Of Me
04 Crawl Away
Update 2013-09-05: I remember this, I should play it again. We should all play Tool more often.