Tool have been reintroducing some of their classics for the first time in over a decade, with a recent performance of “Merkaba,” taking place for the first time in 17 Years at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan in November. Last night (November 18) the band unveiled the first live performance of “Swamp Song,” since 20007, at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Swamp Song,” was featured on the band’s 1993 debut album Undertow, which was recorded from October to December 1992 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. The album was noted for allowing metal to stay prominent during a music scene that was heavily focused on grunge and alternative rock.
Their recent album release, Fear Inoculum, landed the band their third number one album, and was the group’s first project in over 13 years. This album pushed the band to its limits, with most of the songs on the album reaching over the 10 minute mark, along with four instrumental tracks.
“Overall, Fear Inoculum makes it seem as if 13 years did not pass and Tool just picked up right from their last release. The prog-metal band continues to defy boundaries and deliver engaging songs that, despite their length, keep people hooked until the last note,” Erin Winnans explained in a review for mxdwn. “Ultimately, one listen is not enough and fans will find themselves hitting repeat. Each listen-through gives people more insight and with so much going on in the album, as well as individual songs, the album deserves multiple listens.”