Marc Weingarten
June 02, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mer de Noms

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

Tool is one heavy metal band that’s always a step ahead of the doofus police, primarily because its main man Maynard is a brainiac art-school grad who knows how to get heads banging and minds churning. His new band, A Perfect Circle, co-helmed by guitarist Billy Howerdel, is less ominous, with the album Mer de Noms leavening guitar shrapnel with genuinely pretty melodies and frilly production flourishes — kinda like neo-Metallica, but with cojones. A-

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