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…
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