Well, I was a huge Tool fan back in the day! I think in the songwriting/ arrangement school I probably took more from A Perfect Circle, but well happy with a Tool comparison Think my ears are still ringing from seeing them back in 2006 in a theatre in London.
Have to admit I don’t tend to use reference tracks too closely - I do listen to stuff while mixing, just to make sure I’m in the same world. But, for example, the drums I recorded 3 1/2 years ago, and I was still learning about how I liked to tune drums, place overheads, capture the room etc. Not to mention at the time that the 6/4 & 5/4 grooves on the kit were about the limit of what I could play. I think if I was comparing it closely to Danny’s virtuoso level playing and kit with melted down cymbals for shells recorded in world class studios by professionals, I’d shoot myself
The Bass guitar is the number one problem with the mix, I’m pretty sure. Everyone who mentioned it is quite right, and some of the other problems mentioned would largely be solved by making it sound better and giving it more prominence. It was my first attempt at making a bass patch in the Line 6 Helix (all the guitars are Helix) and I think I made the clean track way too muddy sounding, and the overdriven track too fizzy so the fuzz floats over the top rather than properly connecting with the body of the bass. If I could get a nice grinding, transient heavy, punchy tone that carried lots of energy, things would take a turn for the better.