Wow. This album truly has pushed the boundaries of metal so far they can't be seen, but how on earth are they gonna top this? If you are one of the minority that have never heard of Tool, or vocalist Maynard James Keenan's other band A Perfect Circle, and you consider yourself a rock fan, you must hear, no, OWN this album. The album starts, as with the other Tool albums, with Danny Carey doing some tribal drumming, before the bass and guitars kick in, and the album really gets started. By the time Keenan's vocals start, the song has mellowed a little, but by the time he's finished, it's exploded into a amazing song, which sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album. Although at this point the album goes into a slight bad patch, with two instrumental songs and a mellower number, the rest of the album more than makes up for it. The next song, SCHISM, is the only one on the album to have a promo video, and it showcases Keenan's vocal talents, and the quality of the band as musicians, but it's the next two tracks, PARABOL and PARABOLA, in which the album becomes life changing. PARABOL is a beautiful mellow number, which serves as a perfect intro to PARABOLA, by far the catchiest track on the CD, with it's grinding guitars, brutal drumming and yet more vocal harmonies from Keenan. These two are excellent, but they don't even compare to the next track, TICKS AND LEECHES. The song starts with possibly the greatest drum intro in the world, before turning into an awe-inspiring Arabian sounding riff. The title track, LATERALUS, is another superb track, with a lengthy intro giving way to another excellent riff, and more quality drumming. The next three tracks effortlessly blend into each other to staggering effect, before the last track, FAAIP DE OPIAD, comes, putting an amazing end to a mind-bending and phenomanomaly original album. Although you may not like it on first listen, repeated listens will revealit to be one of the best album ever created. Lateralus will change your life.