Tool: Popular Modernism in 90s Metal, Part 2


Tool was formed in Los Angeles in 1990, by members Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Adam Jones (guitar), Paul D’Amour (bass), and Danny Carey (drums). They immediately gathered an underground reputation for playing unconventional and esoteric heavy music which had little to do with the conventions of glam metal, but instead fed into the emerging alt-rock/metal-scene driven by bands such as…

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Girl in a Band, by Kim Gordon


Sonic Youth split up in 2011, after having been together for an astonishing 30 years. The reason behind the band calling it quits was because band-members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore recently had announced that they would be separating, after 27 years of marriage (it later became known that the reason behind their separation was because Moore had an affair…

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Nine Inch Nails: Popular Modernism in 90s Metal, Part 1


The alt-metal scene of the 90s was an incredibly fertile ground for the emergence of exciting bands that all fused the heavies of metal with exciting forms of sonic innovation and experimentation. There was progressive metal (Tool, Opeth, Meshuggah), stoner-metal (Sleep, Kyuss, Electric Wizard), nu-metal (Deftones, Rage Against the Machine), funk-metal (Primus, Mr. Bungle), industrial metal (Godflesh, Nine Inch Nails),…

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