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         Justin Chancellor is the bass player for the American progressive metal band Tool. He was born in England and joined the band in 1995 to replace the former bassist Paul D'amour. He is the youngest member of the band at age 38. Justin has completed three out of four albums with the band, his first was nima" released in 1996.

         Why is there a bass player listed as a talented song writer on this site? That is because Justin Chancellor is one of the most talented bass players to ever walk this earth. His style comes from some of the other great bassists such as John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Cliff Burton. Justin Chancellor writes in a sort of "lead bass" style, that cannot be found anywhere else. Most bass players play as a sort of back up to two guitarists. Adam Jones is the only guitarist for Tool, and to the uneducated ear, Justin Chancellor's bass playing could be easily mistaken for a second guitar. He doesn't fade into the background, playing low notes on only the first couple of frets. Justin plays all over the bass neck, high, low, chords, harmonics, he does everything a lead guitarist does, and maybe more.

Justin Chancellor
Justin Chancellor

         As a progressive and alternative metal band, Tool is not very mainstream but they are a familiar name in the metal world. They are a sort of "super group," a band in which every member is one of the greatest at their respective instrument. Tool is truly underrated in this aspect, seeing as how they are one of the most innovative bands ever. They rank up there with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and other great innovators and influencers of Metal.

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