Maynard James Keenan promises much-awaited fifth Tool album in 2019
During his acceptance speech for the Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, Maynard went on record to say 'you’re gonna see some new music next year'
Tool's tortured fan army can rest easy at last. The harrowing 12-year wait for the follow up to 2006’s '10,000 Days' is indeed confirmed to come to an end by next year.
For the last year or so, small snippets of news suggesting the much anticipated fifth album to be out in 2018 kept surfacing, mostly through the band and its members' social media accounts. But this time, the final word comes straight from the horse's mouth - frontman Maynard James Keenan himself.
As Tone Deaf reports, Maynard received the Icon Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards in London on Monday (11 June) for his "lifetime of contributions to heavy music", and "his work with his trio of bands: A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool". During his brief acceptance speech, he confirmed that Tool would finally release new material in 2019.
“I wouldn’t be here without you guys, so thank you very much for all that,” he said. “A lot of work’s being done, a lot of work’s been done. I’ll go on record now saying you’re gonna see some new music next year.”
Considering how vague information has been about the band’s work in the last few months, that’s as solid a confirmation as fans could dream of. Earlier in February, Keenan revealed that his bandmates had finally finished the music for several songs, and he had completed lyrics and melodies on “all but one track.” Then in March, the band issued a long and very excited statement via their Facebook page which confirmed that they had begun recording and that "all systems were GO."
Meanwhile, as CoS points out, the rest of the band - guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor held a series of musical clinics in St. Paul, Minnesota last month during which they touched upon the in-the-works album. They revealed that every song on the effort is over 10 minutes long, and that the drums have been fully tracked. Chancellor planned on finishing the bass parts after Tool wrapped up their summer festival appearances, with Jones doing guitars next.
Recently, in true Maynard fashion, the singer took the stage with Tool at the Northern Invasion festival in the US, where he was seen sporting riot gear as part of his onstage costume! At the gig, before he could explain the eyebrow-raising outfit, Maynard revealed that he had been "begging" his bandmates to hurry along with their bits on the album. So it seems like Maynard wants the new album out as much as any of us fans do!
During a performance of ‘Opiate’, Maynard took a moment to explain the riot gear, saying it’s because he’s afraid of fans eventually losing their patience in a rather violent manner.
“A lot of people recently have been asking me, Maynard James Keenan, what’s with the fucking riot gear?” he began. “Well, I’ll tell you. I’m afraid of bananas, and other forms of fruit, because eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience.”
“So I beg you – Danny, Adam, and Justin, please finish your parts so I can finish mine. So I can take this fucking riot gear off.”
This year, Maynard released 'Eat the Elephant', the fourth sudio album with his side project with Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle. In our review of the album, we called it "a comeback album many bands would kill for.' Read the full review here.
Maynard has also suggested that he'll be working on new material with his other side project Puscifer. But obviously, what fans really want to see is the elusive fifth tool album and it looks like 2019 will be the big year. Though clearly there’s still some work to be done on the record, Tool did share a snippet of new music in the promo video for the music clinics, which you can watch below.