When’s the new Tool al­bum com­ing

A FLOUR­ISH OF AC­TIV­ITY SUG­GESTS THAT A NEW TOOL AL­BUM MIGHT BE AR­RIV­ING THIS SUM­MER. OR ARE THEY JUST PULLING OUR LEGS AGAIN? AMIT SHARMA IN­VES­TI­GATES…

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they SAY good things come to those who wait, but try telling that to any fan of ge­nius pro­gres­sive metal cult tool.the GRAM­MY­win­ning quar­tet have never been in a hurry to of­fer up new mu­sic – as made ev­i­dent by the count­less memes of skele­tons bid­ing their time for the fol­low-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days (se­ri­ously, Google it). how­ever, a glim­mer of hope came when the band teased a pic­ture on­line con­tain­ing the numbers 06 – 24, lead­ing to strong the­o­ries their long-awaited fifth stu­dio al­bum will be ar­riv­ing on June 24 this year.the more scep­ti­cal among us fig­ured it to be a hoax of sorts – the band have been guilty of play­ing tricks with an­nounce­ments in the past – and af­ter a few days sus­pense, the lo­ca­tion de­picted in the cryp­tic post was re­vealed to be an ad­vert for the next date in their live cal­en­dar. Not just any old gig, mind – with primus, Melvins, the Crys­tal Method and an­other spe­cial guest join­ing the prog-metal pranksters at Glen he­len Am­phithe­ater in san Bernardino, California. In Fe­bru­ary this year, the band con­firmed singer May­nard James Keenan had be­gun record­ing his vo­cals for the new al­bum – a promis­ing sign know­ing his parts are usu­ally done at the very end of their record­ing process. so there def­i­nitely is a tool al­bum on its way, but the road to its re­lease has been one trou­bled by a law­suit over art­work the band had com­mis­sioned. a multi-level lit­i­ga­tion night­mare en­sued, with their own in­sur­ance com­pa­nies counter-su­ing the band they had been hired to rep­re­sent. When gui­tarist Adam Jones last spoke to K! in 2015, he ex­plained that, “things were get­ting pushed be­cause we’re be­ing ma­nip­u­lated and men­tally bashed by our in­sur­ance com­pa­nies who were sup­posed to cover us, re­fused to and then sued us. It feels like we’re be­ing ma­nip­u­lated and be­ing legally ex­torted. [of course] it has put a stam­mer on our cre­ativ­ity. we’re still be­ing cre­ative, but it’s a lot harder – it’s like wad­ing through waist-high mud with no pro­tec­tion, or what­ever the anal­ogy is. It’s such a shame, it re­ally is. I’d love to get a new record out, but I’m not go­ing to put out some­thing that’s not good. we’re gonna fight these guys – we just need to get through it!”

Luck­ily it looks like they’ve got­ten through enough of it to start fi­nal­is­ing al­bum num­ber five.and if vo­cals were fin­ished by Fe­bru­ary/march, a June re­lease is per­fectly plau­si­ble… though their singer has his fair share of com­mit­ments out­side of what many con­sider to be his main band. over the last two years, May­nard has mainly been fo­cus­ing on pus­cifer – his own art-rock project. Just be­fore their first UK show last year, he told K! his solo ven­ture has, “al­ways marched to the mantra of com­edy first. I think com­edy’s im­por­tant be­cause it comes from my core. It is cal­cu­lated bal­ance to some of the sub­ject mat­ter. I want you to be able to laugh and cry, and you can’t do one with­out the other.”

that’s not all the elu­sive singer has been up to, ei­ther – last Novem­ber it was an­nounced his other band A per­fect Cir­cle, formed in 1999 with room­mate/gui­tar tech Billy how­erdel, would be mak­ing a re­turn.the all-new line-up played their first show in three years ear­lier this month, a three-night res­i­dency at the pearl theatre in Las Ve­gas, even show­cas­ing new ma­te­rial set for re­lease via a new world­wide record­ing deal with BMG.AND then, of course, he has his own win­ery Ca­duceus Cel­lars to run.

But fret not – many re­as­sur­ances over new mu­sic have come via Adam Jones’ In­sta­gram page, show­ing the mem­bers work­ing in the stu­dio with en­gi­neer/mixer Joe Bar­resi and even clips of eerie, re­verse sitar-like noises that sound like they were recorded in space. Drum­mer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chan­cel­lor have also of­fered sev­eral up­dates in in­ter­views, say­ing the al­bum is very much on its way. Ul­ti­mately, the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion is ex­actly when this new mu­sic will ar­rive. will it be this sum­mer? More news when we have it.

Last week­end Tool teased fans with this cryp­tic mes­sage

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