St. Vincent, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Annie Clark, is best known for her extraterrestrial alt-rock, but she's also a diehard metalhead: Slayer, Iron Maiden and Pantera are just a few of the heavy-hitting bands the musician devoured growing up in Texas. Although her music doesn't qualify as heavy metal per se, Clark nonetheless channels her hessian side into her work every now and again — her 2014 song "Bring Me Your Loves," for instance, features a riff lifted from Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell."
In that vein, she recently shared video on her Instagram that captures her performing a spare, unplugged rendition of the Ænima standout "Forty Six & 2." The clip was filmed a few years ago backstage while on the road. "Tool as preshow warm-up during Masseducation solo tour," Clark noted in the caption. "Will always love this band. Miss you guys." Tool's own guitar hero, Adam Jones, chimed in to approve of the cover, leaving the comment "Very nice."
This is hardly the first time that Clark has broadcasted her love of this particular Tool cut. In 2018, when BBC Radio 6 Music asked her which riff she wished she had written herself, she didn't hesitate to perform Dimebag's iconic "Cowboys From Hell" lick on her acoustic — and then, as an added bonus, she also threw in a bit of Tool's "Forty Six & 2." See below.