Tool Member Has Difficulty Playing “The Grudge”


As a musician, I often find inspiration and admiration in the technical prowess and artistic innovation displayed by fellow artists. One such musician who has consistently pushed the boundaries of drumming and captivated audiences for over three decades is Danny Carey, the virtuosic drummer of the progressive metal band, Tool. His recent revelation about the challenges of performing “The Grudge,” a standout track from Tool’s seminal album “Lateralus,” sheds light on the intricacies and physical demands that make Tool’s music a playground for musicians seeking a formidable challenge.

Let’s face it, when it comes to metal music, technical proficiency is often associated with lightning-fast solos and blistering speed. However, Tool’s catalog defies these expectations. Their music is a masterclass in complexity, with unconventional time signatures and intricate rhythms that require exceptional precision and control from all band members. Danny Carey, in particular, stands out for his ability to navigate the labyrinthine landscapes of Tool’s compositions with finesse and skill.

“The Grudge,” a standout track from “Lateralus,” exemplifies the unique musicality that Tool brings to the table. Shifting between 5/8 and 5/4 time signatures, the song is a testament to the band’s willingness to experiment and challenge traditional song structures. Within this complex framework, Danny Carey’s drumming becomes the backbone that holds the piece together, elevating it to new heights of sonic excellence.

In a recent interview with Music Radar, Carey mentions the physical demands of “The Grudge” as it highlights the sheer athleticism required to execute the song’s intricate patterns. With his signature triplets and well-placed fills, Carey showcases his technical mastery while maintaining a sense of groove and musicality every time he performs the track. The song’s double-kick sections serve as a testament to his agility and precision, requiring impeccable footwork that only a drummer of Carey’s caliber can achieve.

He stated about the song: “For endurance (challenge wise), it’s ‘The Grudge’ because if we’re not in tour shape my hands almost cramp up because of all the Swiss Triplets. It’s just a real physical song overall, there’s some double-kick stuff in there.”

Danny does have other songs that are taxing as well, as you could imagine.

He stated on others: “The trickiest ones might be ‘Invincible’ or ‘7empest’, the newer ones. Just because I’m not used to it.”

Carey elevates the band’s intricate compositions to new heights, captivating audiences and inspiring musicians around the world.

Check out ‘The Grudge’ below.