Vicarious Video by Tool Released 18 Dec 2007 Genre Progressive Metal Label Tool Dissectional "Vicarious" is a song by American rock band Tool. The song is the first single released from their fourth full-length studio album 10,000 Days. Debuting on Maynard's 42nd birthday, April 17, 2006 on commercial radio, the seven-minute song debuted on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts both at number two. It received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The DVD released on December 18, 2007 contains an extended version of the much-delayed video counterpart for the song. The video is completely made through use of CGI, making it Tool's second full CGI video, as opposed to stop-motion animation, which the band has used in their past videos. The video was co-directed by guitarist Adam Jones and artist Alex Grey and also features creative input from Chet Zar. Also included on the DVD are short documentaries on the making of the video and on Jones's previous work in film and television, and commentaries on the video from comedian David Cross. The music video begins with a humanoid whose internal organs and bones are visible through a transparent skin. The humanoid is standing in the middle of a dry desert devoid of any vegetation and water. The humanoid observes a ball like object with tentacles scraping the desert floor at a distance. The Sun appears to be under going a solar eclipse in the music video with the Sun's outer corona visible. As the video progresses, two glass like walls appears right in front of the humanoid which show multiple reflections of the humanoid. An insect eventually comes and walks on the humanoid and the glass like walls. Eventually, two other humanoid appearing to look like a comets emerge from the main humanoids eyes. One of them enters into the eclipses Sun while the other enters into an eye appearing on the hand of one of the humanoids. The insect which was previously seen also releases a ball like object with tentacles similar to the one seen in the desert earlier from an eye on its back. The main humanoid then collapses and what appears to be a newly formed fetus in shown being formed in the head. The video's setting the changes to a dimension showing what appears to be an infinite amount god heads interconnected with burning spheres underneath. Eventually, one of the humanoids enters into one of the energy spheres and it releases of ray of energy which goes into an eye of one of the godhead and then emerges from the main humanoids hand's eye in the desert. The glass walls then shatter, the insect appears to get incinerated, and the sphere figure with tentacles collapses onto the desert floor. The main humanoid then appears to "transcend" with flashes of light around his body. The music video ends with an single eye appearing in the midst of two hurricanes on an unidentified Earth like planet. Personnel Tool Maynard James Keenan — vocals Adam Jones — guitar Justin Chancellor — bass Danny Carey — drums Video Production Film Director – Adam Jones, Alex Grey Film Producer – Kevin Willis (2), Robyn Breen Track Listing 1 Vicarious 8:47 There is some commentary and a documentary too, but so what. Version Control A DVD with the video was released in 2007. I got it new for cheap. The Video The wiki description pretty much covered it already, plus here it is: _______ The song and audio are both great, the video quality is great for a DVD, and the video is both impressive and very toolish. But while they were at it, couldn’t they have done the whole album? Music – 3 Sound quality – 3 Video presentation – 1 (-2 for being too short) Video quality – 2 Surround – 1 I’ve got at least two examples of albums which have great videos for all the songs. I’ll do one of those next.