Hailing from Los Angeles, Tool’s distinct sound and point of view come courtesy of the lyrical musings of vocalist Maynard James Keenan and the dark, heavy and technical rhythms created by the band. Formed in 1990, the band has only released 4 studio albums and generally avoids the public spotlight, choosing to focus on the craft of songwriting and album-making as opposed to all the trappings that come along with rock stardom.
7. King Crimson
Widely viewed as a foundational progressive rock group, the band has incorporated diverse influences and styles throughout their existence including jazz and folk, classical, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, new wave and electronica. They have a large following despite little radio airplay, and are well known for songs off their debut album (“21st Century Schizoid Man” and “The Court of the Crimson King,” specifically.)