Justin Chancellor of Tool...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Seb Peters, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Seb Peters

    Seb Peters Guest

    Oct 21, 2011

    Justin Chancellor, bassist from Tool. Why is no-one else amazed by him?

    I've recently rediscovered Tool, and the last time I listened to any Tool albums was from before I played bass, and this time round, I've noticed how different and, to put it plainly, AWESOME they are.

    Anyone else share this opinion?

  2. Zanpa

    Zanpa Guest

    Sep 26, 2010
  3. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    I haven’t heard anyone bashing him but not much praise either. For me he is one of my absolute favorite bass players of all time. He isn’t particularly fast, he isn’t flashy, no slapping tapping or very much finger playing at all except some on 10,000 days. But all that aside in my opinion he has written some lines that are master pieces the way he layers over the Danny’s drumming. For me musically Danny and Justin are 80% of the music. His tone is to die for and I think he is a master of using effects in a musical way that blends into the music. His sense of rhythm and winding bass lines are some of my all-time favorite bass lines I have ever heard. I still remember where I was in my car driving in Lititz PA when I heard The Pot for the first time. I had to pull over and close my eyes and just listen. My goose bumps had chicken bumps I was so floored I couldn’t believe his tone and how much of the melody and timing of the whole song was his bass. I also believe his playing and writing works in Tool and he is in the perfect setting for his playing and that helps him sound as good as he does. I don’t think a funk band would work so well. But me too he is a master IMO.
  4. JC's bass lines are more lyric than those of a conventional bassist. When listening to Tool I really don't hear a bass line, but more so the way his tone/style just forms another piece of puzzle of thier sound. Very Unique. I am a fan of his, and also of Paul d'Amour, whom I never really thought got the credit he deserved because so much attention was focused on JC when he replaced Paul. IMO the earlier material with Paul is more heavy and "bass-like"...both great players, but very different. I like them both.
  5. NeroJazz


    May 2, 2011
    Hop over to the Effects sub-forum and you'll find almost everyone to be a fanboy of JC to a certain degree. He's a very talented musician with an unbelievable tone. I love the way he drives Tool in every single song.
  6. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Yep, JC is one of my Faves.....
  7. Barca_bass

    Barca_bass Guest

    May 22, 2011
    I agree with all of this, especially the love for d'Amour. Very under-appreciated.
  8. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I've always thought he was up there with Pastorius, Wooten, and Miller in terms of well-liked bassists on TalkBass! :D

    But yeah, I haven't listened to as much Tool as I'd like to (mostly because I have trouble finding CD's of them and they aren't on iTunes... :scowl:), but everything I've heard from them agrees with what y'all are saying.
  9. BigLoopDuke


    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    JC joined up around the time that I REALLY got into Tool.

    I've seen them a half a dozen times and JC was a major influence on me for picking up the bass.

    And yes, I went through a major fanboy phase with a pedal board that would stagger the weak of heart.
  10. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    No one else amazing by him? He gets his fair share of praise on here, that's for sure. There's at least a handful threads in the effects board about his tone a week.
  11. Not mad about Tool. But I can't deny that he is a good player and writes good lines. I like more up tempo and fast paced rock though.
  12. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    You know, there hasnt been one thread on JC on TB! But what I really want to know is how to get his tone with a $200 bass and 15 watt Gorilla amp!
  13. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    It's crazy when you listen to pre-Tool and post-Tool Justin Chancellor, his tone really changed for the better after he got in the band and re-recorded Paul's parts from Aenima. I think he must've spent a lot of time emulating what Paul had going on because that basic sound never really left the band. The thing he brought that was new was all the trippy bits and weird effects.
  14. !!!