Tool will hit the studio in April of this year
Veteran prog-metallers Tool will begin recording sessions for their new album in April, it has been revealed through separate posts on band members’ social media accounts.
Fans have waited over a decade for new music from the much-loved band, whose first full-length album Undertow was released in 1993.
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan tweeted today that the new set of songs had been completed, and that his vocal parts were completed on all but one of them.
The subject of Tool’s extensive hiatus has long been the subject of frustration from fans; something which Keenan references to with his hashtag ‘#whileyouwerewhiningiwasworking’.
Indeed, MJK has kept himself busy in the interim since 10,000 Days, with his various side projects including A Perfect Circle, who will release a new album on April 20th of this year.
While MJK’s tweet didn’t reveal specifics about any kind of timeframe, a follow-up post from Tool guitarist Adam Jones went into a little more detail.
In his post, Jones confirmed that the material for the new album was done, and that they had spent a studio session performing it for an exclusive audience comprising of Sebastian Bach from Skid Row and Buzz from The Melvins. He also mentioned that recording of the new material will begin in April.
~ 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! ————————–Repost from @sebastianbach @TopRankRepost #TopRankRepost How lucky am I? Spent yesterday getting my face melted by 3/4 of TOOL at the TOOL headquarters / rehearsal Studio. My very own private Tool show just missing the vocals! 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. Some tunes were so pummelling 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! Just my idea of how to spend the perfect day! Thank you so much to my great friend Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor on bass for your hospitality! Danny Carey you are one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen in my life and such a nice fun dude! You are all inspirations to me & thank you so much for the great preview! I can only Imagine what the Majestic vocals of Maynard James Keenan would sound like on top of this music. If it's as delicious as his wine is, then I am buying this record for sure! 🎛️🔈🍷cheers guys ! It was also great to see Buzz Osbourne the guitar player for The Melvins, who I last saw backstage in Seattle (I think) when we were drinking beers with Chris Cornell decades ago. Always good to see someone still doing great so many years down the line! #Melvins #Tool #MathRock #Rehearsal #rock #survivors
Jones was responding to a post from Sebastian Bach’s official Instagram account, in which he said of the new material “This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric”, and that no song was shorter than 7 minutes, while others were around 20 minutes long.
The wait for the new Tool album has not quite reached the level of Chinese Democracy, the album that Guns ‘n’ Roses fans waited 15 years for, but considering that Tool’s last album came in 2006 and we are now in 2018, the time difference isn’t all that much.
However, one can’t help but feel that Tool are much less likely to disappoint.
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