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The Best Bands Like Tool

Updated April 1, 2020 2.2k votes 266 voters 12.0k views37 items

Looking for more bands like Tool? It's so hard to put them into a single genre, as the Los Angeles-based rock band has a very experimental sound. However, there are many other alternative metal bands that can come close to scratching the same itch that Tool does. Let's rank the best bands similar to Tool, with the help of your votes. Although their last album 10,000 Days came out in 2006, fans are excited for a new Tool album that is on the horizon, possibly slated for a 2019 release.

People often compare Tool to A Perfect Circle, a rock supergroup which features the voals of Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Their most recent album, Eat the Elephant (2017), was praised as being a solid comeback album for a band that had taken a lengthy hiatus . Other bands similar to Tool include Karnivool, Puscifer, and Porcupine Tree, a solid progressive metal band from England.

These Tool band recommendations are ranked by your votes, so show some love to the bands you think other fans should check out. Feel free to downvote any bands as well if you feel they aren't similar enough to Tool.

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  • A Perfect Circle1
    A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and...  more
  • Porcupine Tree2
    Porcupine Tree were an English progressive rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987....  more
  • Opeth3
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    Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1989. The group has been...  more
  • Karnivool4
    Karnivool are an Australian progressive rock band formed in Perth in 1997. The group currently...  more
  • Mastodon5
    Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is...  more
  • Steven Wilson6
    Steven John Wilson (born 3 November 1967) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and...  more
  • Agalloch7
    Agalloch is an American metal band formed in 1995 in Portland, Oregon, led by...  more
  • Rishloo8
  • Deftones9
    Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. It was formed in...  more
  • King Crimson10
    King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968, that now is more...  more
  • Haken11
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    Haken is a London-based progressive metal band formed in 2007. As of 2014, Haken has released...  more
  • Devin Townsend Project12
    Devin Townsend Project is a metal band formed by Devin Townsend....  more
  • Devin Townsend13
    Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record...  more
  • The Mars Volta14
    The Mars Volta was an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final...  more
  • Riverside15
    Riverside is a rock band from Warsaw, Poland. It was founded in 2001 by friends Mariusz Duda,...  more
  • Puscifer16
    Puscifer is a side project of Maynard James Keenan, known for his work with the bands Tool and...  more
  • Katatonia17
    Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders...  more
  • Gojira18
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    Gojira are a French heavy metal band from Bayonne. Originally formed as Godzilla in 1996, they...  more
  • TesseracT19
    Tesseract is a British progressive metal band from Milton Keynes, England, formed in 2007....  more
  • Animals as Leaders20
    Animals as Leaders is an American instrumental progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It...  more
  • Leprous21
    Leprous is a Norwegian progressive metal band formed in 2001 in Notodden, Norway. The band...  more
  • Anathema22
    Anathema are a British rock band from Liverpool. The line-up consists of singers and...  more
  • Isis23
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    Isis (sometimes stylized ISIS) was an American heavy metal band founded in Boston,...  more
  • System of a Down24
    System of a Down is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in...  more
  • Dream Theater25
    Dream Theater is an American progressive metal/rock band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty...  more