The music industry is an odd construct in the human
universe in which people sometimes generate as much interest for the
things they don’t do as for the things that get done. Look at Axl Rose
and Chinese Democracy.
The presence of Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Art Metal bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, is no doubt the only reason for the existence of 'Blood Into Wine,' a documentary that looks at his deepening interest in the art of winemaking. Keenan is a notoriously private guy, thus his involvement is both a blessing (gives it a higher profile) and a curse (he's not the most charismatic interviewee). Grade: C-.
Tool's viscerally shredding set is designed to elicit gyrational sweat even without the unrelenting, cloudless sun. The mayhem on stage is unstoppable — Tool ratchets up the volume and dark energy with almost psychopathic intent. Metaphorically, this is exactly how every Tool show has felt as the band agitates, cooks, refreshes, repeats. Thus may it ever be.
Maynard James Keenan attributes his reputation for being enigmatic and mysterious to not being in the press much. Tool's trippy, strange Art Metal was the first tip-off for me; the weirdo stage costumes sealed it.