I wonder if you had not been, ahem, "inoculated" at young age with their earlier work like "Sober" (like I was) , if that would make it harder to like their later more droning and more "out there" material.Because my beloved son and daughter-in-law absolutely worship TOOL, I've tried my best to listen to them and understand. They're all great musicians, granted, but I just don't get it. After five minutes of TOOL, I just feel the need to tune out. To me, just incredibly boring songs.
But I'm thrilled that everybody else understands them and enjoys. God bless 'ya.