The band Tool is currently out on a west coast tour of the United States, but the LA alt metal band hasn’t released a new studio album since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Last summer, the band said they expected their follow-up to 10,000 Days to be released in early 2014, but as the year heads into Spring, there’s still no new album.
Now, Crave has the scoop that the long-awaited fifth studio album is finally complete, according to guitarist Adam Jones, who reportedly said that the new album is “100% done.” The guitarist reportedly said this at a pre-show VIP meet & greet, where he revealed that a new release should be expected later this year. There was also a mention about “different time signatures than their previous work,” which could signify a departure from their classic sound.
The band hasn’t made any official statements verifying these reports, but considering that they’ve been working on the new album for a while now, and as is apparent, the public is anxiously awaiting it, it would make sense to hurry up already and get this new material out!
Back in July 2013, drummer Danny Carey told Loud Wire that a new album was expected in early 2014, and that the band members minus singer Maynard James Keenan were working on the music.
“It’s still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon, you know, just working on all our parts and working on our compositions together,” Carey says, referring to Keenan’s current absence from the recording sessions. “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”
But, in November 2013, Keenan, who’s also been working on his other projects A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, told Rolling Stone about the long process of making a Tool record and mentioned that he didn’t know at what point his band members were with their parts.
“I don’t write the music. They write the music,” he says of his bandmates. “I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process.”
Keenan admits he has high creative standards, but adds, “In some ways, they are bigger perfectionists. But you can only help support their talent so long. They don’t have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that’s their process, so you gotta let them do it.”
When asked if that process was actually happening, he responded, “I couldn’t tell you.”
So, for now we continue to wait and hope to finally see a new Tool album released this year.
UPDATE: Tool has just told Rolling Stone that guitarist Adam Jones was only joking when he said the album was complete.
“Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland Tool concert, joked that the band’s new album was not only finished but coming out the next day,” says the statement. “Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know.”
Jone also posted to Twitter that he had said he was joking: “fyi ‘the record’s done and its coming out tomorrow’ is what i said yesterday followed by ‘just kidding’…”
I find it hard to believe that the fans would misinterpret him joking that the album was “coming out tomorrow” with coming out this year and just ignore that he said “just kidding.” Perhaps the band didn’t realize the news would blow up like this and they’d rather have more control over the news that comes out about them, so they’re backtracking. We know they’ve been working on this new album for a long time and had originally planned to have it out in 2013, and then when that date was missed, they said it would be early this year. So, keep on waiting and eventually we’ll get the new album, but in the meantime, Tool got a nice bit of attention (not that they want it or care about it).