It has been 11 years, nine months and 21 days since Tool released their last album, as of writing this piece. Hardcore fans will probably even tell you how many minutes have passed. Such was the void left in the hearts of progressive rock fans when the band decided to hibernate.
Hopes had dwindled over the decade and it was all but lost until famously eccentric frontman, Maynard James Keenan announced this January that Tool will definitely be releasing a new LP this year.
More good news followed on Saturday when Maynard announced on Twitter that he finally received “music files from the boys with the word file in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging,” and he’s since completed the lyrics and melodies for all but one song.
And now, Tool fans can actually start holding their breath because guitarist Adam Jones followed up Maynard’s announcement with an Instagram post in which he confirms that “recording starts in March.” The comment came after Canadian heavy metal singer Sebastian Bach posted a photo of himself with most of the members of Tool in a long, detailed and praise-filled Instagram post.
“This is not just your average simple rock and roll music. This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a TOOL,” Bach wrote on Instagram, with some great insight on the band’s name! "Some tunes were so pummeling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! In fact, they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long!” Bach added.
Jones reposted the photo and revealed that the band will begin recording the album in March: “Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in March. Still instrumentals with Mjk in town working on killer lyrics. Exciting!” he said via the social media platform.
Meanwhile, Maynard James Keenan’s other band A Perfect Circle is all set to release their new album Eat the Elephant on April 20. It marks their first studio album in 14 years, following 2004’s eMOTIVe. These are exciting times for prog rock fans!
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