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Adam suggests new Tool album recording in March

Not to be outdone by Maynard, Adam posted on Instagram today following a visit to the Loft by Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row) and King Buzzo.  In his post he suggests that Tool could kick off recording in March.  It’ll be a tight schedule though, with both Tool and A Perfect Circle having tour dates in April/May this year.

Update: Adam has updating the Instagram post to suggest March instead of April as kicking off recording.

~ Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in April. 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

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So maybe I spoke a little too soon when I ruled out 2018 for a new Tool album.  I’m still on the skeptical I’ll believe it when I see it side of the fence, but good to see some solid progress reports from the guys.

Maynard confirms status of new Tool album

Maynard has given us a refreshing clear answer as to the status of the new Tool album on Twitter this morning, and while it sound like progress is positive, I think we can safely rule out a release in the near future, and probably not until next year:

So it sounds like the album is getting close to done from a songwriting perspective, but still not recorded at all.  Given that A Perfect Circle are about to embark on some more touring in support of Eat The Elephant, I think it’s a safe assumption that we won’t see Tool recording until late 2018, which means promises of a release this year probably aren’t going to come to bear.

A Perfect Circle to release Eat The Elephant in April

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Maynard and Billy from A Perfect Circle announced that the new album Eat The Elephant will be released on April 20.  You can pre-order it here.

It’s pretty safe to say that the title and album art is going to create a bit of controversy, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that.

Tracklist:

EAT THE ELEPHANT
DISILLUSIONED
CONTRARIAN
THE DOOMED
SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
TALKTALK
BY AND DOWN THE RIVER
DELICIOUS
DLB
HOURGLASS
FEATHERS
GET THE LEAD OUT

There’s also a new track TalkTalk which I think is pretty good:

Tool demo new material for Loft visitors

A couple of Instagram posts today with visitors to the Loft claiming they’ve had a live run through of the new Tool album (albeit without Maynard‘s vocals).  Word seems to be that the album is instrumentally finished, but still waiting on Maynard’s additions (which is more or less what Adam indicated last week).

The good news is that someone thought to grab a short slice of one of the songs, which I present for your listening pleasure!  It’s a pretty short and rough cut, but sounds like the heavy Tool we know and love.

Hopefully the lads can get into the studio sometime soon and give us an album this year.

 

Fourtheye Weekly Update 29-Jan-2018

It’s time for another weekly update from our irregular schedule.  I’ve skipped the last few, due to the relative frequency of Tool news lately, with both Adam and Danny indicating in recent weeks that things are happening.  I’m sure you’ve all read that before – let’s wait until they actually confirm hitting the studio before getting too excited.

Anyway, in this weeks issue:

  • Justin plays some riffs at NAMM
  • Danny plays a huge gong at NAMM
  • Justin plays on new Glaca track Oni Przyszli
  • Danny upcoming gigs
  • Albums of the last few weeks: Anvil, Chelsea Wolfe, Corrosion of Conformity

Justin plays some riffs at NAMM

NAMM is the worlds biggest music trade show (I think) where pretty much all the big time manufacturers show off their latest gizmos.  Justin Chancellor dropped into the Warwick/Framus booth, to play some sweet riffs on his custom axe.  Maybe some of these will appear on the new album?

Danny plays a huge gong at NAMM

Not to be outdone, NAMM regular Danny Carey played a massive gong in the Paiste booth.

Justin plays on new Glaca track Oni Przyszli

In other Justin news, he contributes to the track Oni Przyszli by Polish band Glaca.  I believe this band is fronted by the same guy he worked on with m.t.Void.  The vocals are somewhat of an acquired taste, to put it mildy.  Enjoy it if you can!

Danny upcoming gigs

Danny has a couple of upcoming shows at in LA.  Worth checking out if you’re in town:

  • with the Charette Group at the Baked Potato on January 31st
  • with Doug Webb at Squashed Grapes in Ventura on February 3rd

Albums of the last few weeks

It’s a slow time of year for album releases, but here’s a few things I’ve enjoyed in the last few weeks:

  • Anvil – Pounding the Pavement: Canadian heavy metal act Anvil were the subject of a popular documentary a few years back, and while their music is pretty cliched, I found their latest album to be reasonably enjoyable.
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun: Chelsea puts out an interesting twist on doom, and her albums are always sonic adventures worth checking out.
  • Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown: These guys put out some consistently good hard rock/metal albums, and this one is no exception.

Adam confirms new Tool album is moving towards completion

Adam undertook some more Instagram live streaming yesterday, and while it wasn’t some live cuts from the Loft, it did include a comment that the “Music is done.  Lyrics are coming in hard“.  Great news that the new Tool album seems to be on the home stretch.

Music is done.  Lyrics coming in hard.
Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard.

Danny also spoke with Overdrive about the new Legends of the Seagullmen album, and once more suggested that things were happening in Tool-land:

OD – Danny, where are we with the new Tool album? Can you give us an update?

DANNY – It’s all coming together really well. We’ll be hitting the studio again very soon and have a couple of gigs in May (Coachella Festival), so hopefully, we’ll have the album out before that. It’s wishful thinking at this point. I actually think I said that this time last year (laughing).

OD– Do you have a lot of material for the album?

DANNY – Yes, there’s a lot of material that’s already done so, we’re looking to go into the studio pretty quickly here and off we go! Things are just rollin’ along. We don’t just hang about here in Hollywood, we are pretty much working all the time.

There’s a couple of interesting things in that statement.  Great news that it appears they might hit the studio soon.  The suggestion of Coachella and a May release seem odd ones.  I suspect Coachella is a mistake and was added by the author rather than Danny (A Perfect Circle are playing Coachella) and a May release date seems outrageously optimistic for an album not yet recorded.

May 2019 for both perhaps!

Adam Live Streams The Grudge

Tool must have been rehearsing today, and guitar player Adam Jones decided to live stream them tearing through The Grudge on Instagram.  For your listening pleasure:

Danny speaks with Kerrang

In a recent interview with Kerrang magazine, Danny Carey spoke about Legends of the Seagullmen as well as a slightly more in depth update on the new Tool album.  There are no particularly insightful revelations, and Danny does joke around with 2018 and 2019 a bit, which suggest to me maybe he’s not super confident of it being this year (though he does go on to reaffirm it will be 2018).

In points worth noting (which I’ve somewhat paraphrased):

  • He says Adam and Justin come up with the weirdest shit and he tries to anchor and simplify it.
  • Maynard then has the ability to simplify it further
  • The tracks are long.  Too long for the radio
  • The new music “definitely sounds like Tool, but it’s an evolution” hence the title on the magazine cover.

Danny also recent spoke with MusicRadar, again mostly about Legend of the Seagullmen.  This one is a pretty interesting read, though it doesn’t go into Tool much except for the now standard “definitely this year” line about the new album.

In my opinion – it’s great to see Danny speaking with confidence about the new album.  There’s little doubt in my mind they’re now on the home stretch.  As to whether it’ll be out in 2018?  I’m still a little skeptical for now, though I am reasonably confident we’ll at least see them recording this year.  For me the hype train is firmly in the station, until they confirm hitting the studio…

Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2017

Yesterday I dropped the Fourtheye Readers Top 10, now today I present my own top 10 albums on 2017.

The list is presented loosely in order.  Overall I thought it was a pretty solid year for albums, with a few newer bands I’d been keeping my eyes on releasing some excellent albums.  There seems to be a few less older or nostalgia acts releasing albums these days, so probably many who haven’t listening to anything new since 2000 probably think it’s been a weaker year.  Good music is where you find it – stop looking and you’ll stagnate!

Code Orange – Forever

Forever was released early in 2017, but was a constant through out my playlists all year.  The album is on that is full of surprises, and at numerous points on first listen had me wondering if there was something wrong with the stream.  An easy 10/10 for me and first choice for my top 10

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

The last few albums from Mastodon have mostly done away with the progressive angle of their music, and moved towards a more mainstream sound.  With the addition of Brann’s clean vocals a few albums ago (he sings on almost every track this time around) the band sites nicely in the niche between the more popular styles of rock.  It’s not all bad though, this time around it feels to me like they’ve almost mastered their current sound, and Emperor of Sand is by far the best of their “standard rock” albums.  It culminates with a slightly more progressive track – Jaguar God, which was probably my favorite song of 2017.

Death From Above 1979 – Outrage! Is Now

The second album from these guys since their reformation – the first of which was pretty forgettable.  This one however, seems to up the ante a little – embracing pop a little less, and adding a few heavier and more diverse sounds to the repertoire.  It’s also pretty catchy as well!

Dead Cross – Dead Cross

Dead Cross are a band made up of Dave Lombardo (of Slayer and Fantomas fame) as well as a couple of guys from noise/grind band The Locust formed.   The asked Mike Patton to join them, and the result was released in 2017.  It’s pretty much a straight up hardcore album, and doesn’t really add anything new to the genre, but it’s a fun listen (not sure what’s up with this video though!).

Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Primus seem to love Rush, and I always wished they’d head down that prog path a little further.  This album doesn’t really sound like Rush, but it is a little more progressive, which is something I can get behind.  My only real criticism of this (and it’s a common one) is that it’s pretty short, and the songs kinda sound a bit samey.  Still, it’s a good same, and an album I’m happy to include in my top 10.

Employed to Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun

A late arrive to my playlists for 2017, the track I Spend My Days (Wishing Them Away) has one of the chunkiest riffs I’ve heard in quite some time.  The rest of the album is pretty great as well!

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic

These guys are the cool new metal band, seeming reaching countless top 10 lists in 2017.  It’s easy to discount these hype bands sometimes, but in this case the album is a great collection of thrashy metal, with no real dull moments.  Dig your teeth into it!

The Black Angels – Death Song

I love a good psychedelic rock album, and I thought this year was a pretty quiet one for this genre.  The Black Angels didn’t disappoint though, with what I think might be their best album yet.

Couch Slut – Contempt

This Wisconsin punk band Couch Slut released an abrasive collection of noisy tunes in July this year,  and it’s an album I keep coming back too.  The lyrics and vocals as are confronting as their name suggests, but containing within the chaos is some pretty great songwriting.

Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Top 10 Albums of 2017.  The poll didn’t get a huge amount of entries this year (partially my fault, since I didn’t push it too hard) but also a reflection of lower traffic these days on Fourtheye (I think partly to to many now consuming Tool news via various Social Media channels rather than older style websites).

Anyway, without further delay, here are the results, as well as my thoughts on these albums.

1. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Seeing this as number 1 on this list wasn’t a huge surprise for me (in fact it’ll rate quite highly on my list as well).  Mastodon are a band that inspire plenty of discussion, mostly people lamenting that they’re not as good as they used to be.  While I don’t disagree, I the band aren’t trying to be that same band that recorded Leviathan.  Emperor of Sand is the best album they’ve put out this decade, and could well be the high point of modern-era Mastodon.

2. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age are a long time favorite of Tool fans, and while I thought this album was pretty forgettable, it seems to be good enough that many of you nominated it.  QOTSA notably brought on a pop producer for this album, which added a subtle pop vibe to the album, but ultimately was let down by bland songwriting.

3. At The Drive In – In*ter*a*lia

Relationship of Command was an easy 10/10 album.  A few years back At The Drive In reformed, and as many reformed acts do wrote a new album, this time without one of their main songwriters.  The results were mixed I though, some great tracks, and a bunch of filler.

4. Code Orange – Forever

Another album that will be featuring in my top 10 – Code Orange delivered a great album full of hardcore punk with several surprising moments.  The album covers a range of punk moments, but also unexpectedly shifts into grunge, pop and even Nine Inch Nails sounding moments.

5. Pallbearer – Heartless

I’m not a huge fan of these guys, so only listened to this album once or twice.  Pallbearer seem to be pretty popular among Tool fans though, and they’ve featured in these lists several times before.

6. Primus – The Desaturating Seven

Primus delivered another concept album, this time based on a children’s book The Rainbow Goblins.  It features Justin Chancellor narrating on track 1 in case you missed it!  I really enjoyed this album, it was step in a more progressive direction, which I think suits Primus really well.  Only drawback was that it felt like a really short album.

7. Leprous – Malina

Never listened to this band before, and have it playing while I write this.  Wikipedia tells me Leprous are a Norwegian progressive metal band.  Based on what I’ve heard I’d categorise them a bit more as rock.  The album isn’t bad – if Karnivool (and the like) are your thing then you’d likely enjoy it.

8. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

The last Elder album was pretty great, and while this one didn’t quite live it to that, it’s a really solid effort from a very talented band!

9. Converge – The Dusk in Us

Converge are one of those punk bands that are considered cool enough that they are automatic inclusions into many top 10 lists.  While I really like Converge, I didn’t think this album was anything special.  If modern hardcore punk is your think though, make sure you check it out!

10. Steven Wilson – To The Bone

Well know progressive rock artist Steven Wilson is one who often rates highly among Tool fans.  I listened to this album a few times earlier this year, and it sounds almost exactly like a Steven Wilson album.  You know whether or not you’re going to enjoy this even before you listen!

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