Mer de Noms 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… Mer de Noms 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… A Perfect Circle Indie Rock
Music Review

Mer De Noms (2014)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: A Perfect Circle; Genre: Indie Rock

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-

Originally posted Jun 02, 2000 Published in issue #543 Jun 02, 2000 Order article reprints
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