New Tool Album Still Miles From Proper Release, But Promising Signs Ahead

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Sorry, Tool fans — this time, it looks like the pieces don’t fit at all. You’re going to have to wait a little longer for the band’s next studio release, Rolling Stone has reported.

That news comes from frontman Maynard James Keenan, who issued a statement to clear the air after guitarist Adam Jones jokingly told a fan the new record was completed and, in fact, being released “tomorrow.” Jones was speaking to some fans in attendance at one of Tool’s recent shows in Portland.

“Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context,” says Keenan’s statement. “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.”

The Los Angeles-based metal band has been together since 1990 but has only released four studio albums, the most recent of which came out in 2006. That album, 10,000 Days took home a Grammy for Best Recording Package. Now, Keenan and Jones — along with Tool’s other members, Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey — are still in the process of prepping their fifth album for a proper release. All signs are pointing towards completion in the near future, however.

Tool's most recent album, 10,000 Days, took home a Grammy for Best Recording Package
Tool’s most recent album, 10,000 Days, took home a Grammy for Best Recording Package

In the meantime, Tool is hitting the road for a slew of shows throughout the western portion of the United States, Spin reports. The tour ends on March 27 with a show at Phoenix’s US Airways Center.

So why keep fans waiting to hear new music? If you know Tool at all, you’re familiar their constant pursuit of excellence. And the new as-of-yet untitled studio LP is poised to feature “complex time signatures, interesting harmonic structure and expanding effects processing — similar to what fans of Tool have come to expect,” according to a description on the band’s website. It’s that complexity that’s kept fans hooked for over 20 years.

Tool also has the distinction of having two of their albums debut at the number-one spot on the Billboard Top 200 charts, which is no small feat for a metal band. Some have even debated whether or not Tool falls within the traditional parameters of metal at all, as their sound features artfully intricate musical designs and arrangements. But there’s no denying the fury that resides in the muddy, harsh tones of the distortion pedals Tool employs — hallmarks of a heavy rock sound that began in earnest with the British Invasion bands of the 1960s.

Whenever the next Tool album officially drops, it’s clear to make some serious waves not just in the metal realm, but in the entire music industry at large. Until then, you can catch the band on tour. Just don’t take their word for it when they talk release dates.

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