Tool Post New Album Update


Story by Anne Erickson

Tool ‘more than halfway’ finished with their new album, according to a note on their official website

Next year is already set to offer some highly-anticipated album releases from top rock names, including Alice in Chains and (hopefully) Pearl Jam. Now, it seems the band Tool are coming closer to the release of their new album. The webmaster for the prog-rockers’ official website has posted a note that states the band is “more than halfway” finished with the writing process for the instrumental portion of the upcoming album. That’s great news for Tool fans, who have been waiting for a new album from the guys since the release of “10,000 Days” in 2006.

According to the note, the new Tool music sounds, well, like Tool! Moreover, the writing process for this new set has moved faster than with previous releases “once the first few (more complex) songs were finished.” As for timing, the guys say the new album is “more than halfway” completed. The message also makes reference to the band’s upcoming Ozzfest Japan performance and hints at more Tool activity on the way.

Check out the full note note from Tool’s webmaster below:

Wanting to open some presents are you? Well, as I’ve already announced on this very website, TOOL will be performing at OZZFEST in JAPAN in MAY of 2013. If you can’t make that show, there MIGHT be another gift or two under the tree – things unnoticed amongst the torn wrapping paper, ribbons and empty boxes. My best guess is that these ‘presents’ won’t be opened until after the holidays – knowing just how important it is to take your evergreen decorations down by January 5th. Though not on the 2012 reindeer-propelled sleigh, there are a couple of other Tool projects on the horizon that I am privy to, but, unfortunately, can’t comment on any further at this time… as was requested by the band’s management (Bah humbug with a British accent!).

Something that might be encouraging to some Tool enthusiasts is that while riding with Danny to Chili John’s yesterday, I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans Maynard). This was the most new material that I’ve heard so far, although a few of the riffs and arrangements were familiar. So, what did I think? Dare I say that it sounded like… Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added. To answer your next question, I cannot say how far along in the writing process the band is. If I had to GUESS, I would say more than half way (and keep in mind that in the past, at least, the writing went faster once the first few [more complex] songs were finished).

The message isn’t the easiest to decipher, but would you expect anything less from the always-enigmatic men of Tool? At the least, the note offers a definite indication that Tool are serious about getting their new album out sometime soon.



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