Giving Birth To A Stone

by Samuel Barker
November 17, 2000

File Under: Hard Rock
rating: C+

1. Spasm

2. Naked

3. Catfood

4. Velvet

5. Dougal

6. Burn

7. Signpost In The Sea

8. You Lied

9. Don't Make Me Your God

10. Peach

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  • It's intriguing to look through the history of your favorite bands. The best part is listening to albums they recorded with other bands. Usually in these albums you can hear vital part of the sound that the members carry with them to their new project. Giving Birth To A Stone is the only album ever released by Tool bass player Justin Chancellor's former band, Peach. Before breaking up, and before Chancellor was in Tool, Peach opened for Tool on their first European tour. Adam Jones liked the band so much he volunteered to do the artwork for the re-release here in the US. Tool also covers some Peach songs live.

    The album is established much like some of the newer Tool. It's vert bass heavy and has some hard guitar licks thrown over the top. The thing this band has that Tool doesn't is an element of pop to their music. This is signature of most British bands. A lot of the pop sound comes from the vocalist of the group, he doesn't hide his accent at all and gives the sound an early 90's UK pop sound added to the dark, driving music.

    The album begins with "Spasm". It's got a great bass heavy intro, the music is driving and hard, but when the vocals kick in it takes a little of edge off. "Naked" keeps the driving bass going the entire song. This song features some great guitar work, and the vocals get a lot more pleasing. "Velvet" is one of the more pop sounding songs on the album. Even though the pop sound is very low key, it's still very present. The song has a more rock feel than the alt-metal of the majority of the album. It's a really good track and the variation in sound keeps things interesting. "Dougal" is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It begins hard and goes into a more mellow feel with some weird distorted vocals. It's a great sound. It's very much like "You Lied". "You Lied" has a hard intro but then goes into a very withdrawn area of music. The guitar work on the song is great. "Burn" and "Signpost In The Sea" are the two most pop sounding tracks on the album. It's got a very strong english pop sound that stands out on the tracks. The way they combine the multiple influences on this album is wonderful. "Don't Make Me Your God" is by far the most sinister track on the album. It's very hard, and the vocals add to the feeling of downright evil brought by this track. The guitar work is great and the mood for the song helps take you into the final track, "Peach". "Peach" is the best song on the album. The guitar effects during the intro are sweet, and the overdriven sound is dead on. The song has quite a few transitions from hard to lax. These are pulled off perfectly. This track closes what is a great piece of music and a vital step in the evolution of Tool.

    This band is very talented and this album is absolutely wonderful. The only downside of it is the fact that Peach broke up years ago and we will never get a chance to see this band live. The album has been re-released by Vile Beat Records here in the US, and is available now. I highly recommend picking up this album if you are a hard rock fan and definitely if you are a Tool fan. This album illustrates the origins of some of the changes Tool has experienced since Chancellor joined the band. It's fun to go back and see where the evolution began, and there is no better place to look than here. Enjoy!

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