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Album Review

Tool has certainly left their mark on quite a few bands — as evidenced by such acts as 10 Years, who replicate Tool's trademarks (rubbery riffs, self-examining lyrics, etc.) to a 'T.' With the release of their debut full-length, Wake Pig, you can now also add 3 to the list of Tool admirers. The album was originally released on a tiny indie label in 2004 before it was re-released (with different cover artwork) by Metal Blade a year later. But with whacked-out prog metal casting a bigger shadow by the day (Coheed & Cambria, Mars Volta, etc.), 3 should have no problem finding an audience. The opening title track serves as an appetizer of what follows throughout — the music slowly boils until the anthemic chorus, before it slithers back to its quiet cave. Sound familiar? It sure should, since Tool has utilized and perfected this formula throughout their career. And while prog metal in the good ol' days mostly meant reeling off guitar solos at the speed of sound, 3 proves that circa 2006, it's more about tricky riffs and mood shifts, as evidenced by such tracks as "Dregs." But one difference between 3 and the aforementioned acts is that the majority of the tracks on Wake Pig could easily fit on mainstream rock radio — most of the album's tracks clock in at less than four minutes (save for the over-15-minute album closer "Amaze Disgrace"). Saying that 3 is a more easily digestible Tool is not that far of a stretch. [Metal Blade also released the CD.]

Customer Reviews

Don't Miss A Second Chance!

3 is too underated in a time when all of the popular music sounds canned & pre-scripted. You won't hear much like this out today, and Wake Pig returns at a time when we need it most. It is one of those albums you can't get from just the clips - you need to give the whole cd a few listens and you'll fall for it just as everyone I know has. Then you'll go buy the other albums!

Fricken Sweet!!

I'm a HUGE Coheed and Cambria fan and when i heard these guys on tour with them a few years ago they were amazing so when i saw the new cd advertisement i had to listen to it. They've got an insanely good guitarist (especially his live solos) and they're like nothing else out there now. If you don't buy this you're missing out!!

Like Tool? You'll Like This.

I would like to say that 3's sound is completely orginal, but i don't think even Joey Eppard (lead singer and guitarist) would agree to that. Truely, this album reminds me most of a very well put together mix of Tool, Coheed and Cambria, with maybe a dash of Radiohead or the like. But all influences put aside, 3 does an incredible job with this album. Anything from poly-rhythms (which will remind you of Danny Carrey, for any Tool fans) to acoustic guitar solo's to heavy electric guitar riffs can be found within. Joey makes wonderful use of his vocals in this album (and every other, for that matter) which is just another element that will leave you amazed after listening through this album. Some songs in it are better than others, but you would be doing yourself a disservice not to get the entire album. If you like this band, i would strongly suggest going to your local record store and buying a Tool record (since Tool does not allow their music on itunes) Enjoy!


Formed: 1993

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Led by the vocals and guitar of Joey Eppard, 3 also included Chris Gartmann (drums), Billy Riker (guitar), and Joe Cuchelo (bass). The band emerged from Woodstock, NY, in the early '90s, just in time to grab a spot at the reconstituted Woodstock music festival of 1994. That exposure led to some interest from Universal but it never panned out, so the band signed instead with local indie Planet Noise. Paint by Number dropped in 2000 and displayed a fluid mix of alt-rock stylings with funk and emo textures....
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