Tool New Album Update: Guitars Being Tracked, Final Vocals Next, Says Maynard James Keenan

2018-09-11

Story by Anne Erickson, promo photo by Tim Cadiente

Maynard James Keenan says the new album from Tool is coming in 2019

As 2018 begins winding down, music fans are buzzing about what new albums might arrive next year. Many fans of the progressive rock band Tool fans are hoping 2019 might finally be the year the band delivers their long-awaited new album, and now, they have some new hope.

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has posted a new update about how Tool is coming along on that much-anticipated new studio album. Fans should be relieved to know things are progressing, but Tool still has a lot to do to get the tunes ready to release.

“Scratch Vox tracked awhile ago,” Keenan said in a new tweet. “(Guitarist Adam Jones) deep in Guitars now. Final Vox after. Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer.”

If there was any questions whether Keenan was talking about new Tool music in 2019 or one of his other projects, Keenan squelched that by using the hashtags #Tool and #2019, hinting that the record will finally drop next year. Previously, at an awards ceremony during the summer, Keenan stated that “you’re gonna see some new music” from Tool in 2019.

Tool posted an update about their new album on the band’s official website back in March. In the post, they stated, “We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of Tool and prog-metal enthusiasts in general. After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.”

Tool’s upcoming album will mark the band’s first since 2006’s “10,000 Days.” Keenan’s other band, A Perfect Circle, released a new album, “Eat the Elephant,” in April of this year.

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