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Weekly Update 21-March-2018

I should probably call this something other than a “Weekly” update.  Anyway, I have a few bits and pieces I haven’t posted yet, so here we are!  In this “weeks’ issue:

  • Yob announce new album
  • Legend of the Seagullmen competition
  • Matthew Santoro’s Higher Power
  • Albums you should check out!

Yob announce new album

Yob have toured with Tool a few times now, and are a favorite among many Tool fans.  Singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt has had a few medical problems of late, so it’s good to hear he’s getting over them, and working on more Yob material.  Recently they announced the next album Our Raw Heart will be out in June.

We’re excited to announce that our eighth full-length album ‘Our Raw Heart’ will be released this June 8th on Relapse Records and that we will be touring the US this summer with Bell Witch.

We’re very excited to share this new music. We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait!

Legend of the Seagullmen competition

There’s a competition over at one of my favourite sites Metal Sucks where you can create some art, and go into the running for some Seagullmen booty:

To celebrate the record’s sheer awesomeness, MetalSucks is teaming up with Legend of the Seagullmen for a fan art competition! The band wants to see YOUR fan art, in any digital medium. The five strongest five submissions will be shared on the band’s on social media accounts. Even more excitingly, one grand-prize winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Legend of the Seagullmen mega-bundle, which includes…

  • A special edition blue/white variant vinyl copy of Legend of the Seagullmen
  • A CD copy of Legend of the Seagullmen
  • Drum sticks signed by Danny Carey
  • A Seagull skull necklace
  • A t-shirt
  • A signed copy of the band’s exclusive New Years Eve concert poster

Matthew Santoro’s Higher Power

Matt Santoro is a good friend of Adam’s and has recently put out a trailer to his movie Higher Power.  It looks great!

Albums you should check out!

I’m always listening to new albums (and welcome recommendations).  Here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so:

A Perfect Circle release Disillusioned video and announce James Iha replacement

In amongst all the Tool news (as well as me being away) I never got around to posting about the new A Perfect Circle video for their track Disillusioned.  The video follows a similar theme to the lyrics, and serves as an observation of societies obsession with electronic devices.

The band has also announced that James Iha will be sitting out the next tour due to commitments with the newly (mostly) reformed Smashing Pumpkins:

As you most likely have heard, James Iha’s original band, the Smashing Pumpkins, have announced a Summer tour that James will be taking part in. Because James will be busy gearing up for that tour he won’t be able to join us for our upcoming tour dates. James’ temporary replacement will be none other than our longtime friend and one of our favorite guitar players, Greg Edwards (Failure/Autolux). We want to reiterate that this is a temporary situation and James remains a part of A Perfect Circle.

Speaking of Failure, they happen to have a crowd funding campaign running for their next album.  If you’re a fan of their work, get on board and support them in their next endeavour!

Justin Chancellor joins Death Grips on next album

Justin Chancellor is a busy guy – while preparing to record a new Tool album and DJing at Legend of the Seagullmen record launches, he’s also recording with experimental hip hop band Death Grips:

Perhaps he just got lost on the way to the Tool studio?  Who knows – either way having been a Death Grips fan for quite a while now, I’m looking forward to hearing the collaboration.

Toolband gives us further confirmation of Tool in the studio

Confirmed on Toolband over the weekend is further details of Tool‘s visit to the studio:

Who’s ready for some major breaking news? Brace yourself; get ready… okay, here we go. We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of TOOL and prog-metal enthusiasts in general.  After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.  For the past few days the band members have been getting sonically adjusted to their new surroundings – dialing in the equipment settings and restaurant catering choices – in preparation for Danny to begin his tracking any time now – perhaps by the time that you read this!

I am also excited to announce that ‘evil’ JOE BARRESI will once again have his capable fingers at the engineering controls for what will certainly be another masterful TOOL offering by the talented team.  Pinch yourself if you want, but I have been told that all systems are GO at this point for the upcoming sessions.

I will be posting periodic bits and pieces on the progress of the tracking once the guys get deeper into the recording process, and hope that all of you will keep checking back to the official website for these updates.  In the meantime, be sure to also visit the individual band members’ sites and socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) for more inside glimpses as TOOL prepares for the next stage in their musical odyssey.

Just in case anyone still had doubts the new album is coming, I think it’s time to put those to bed.

Also found on Danny Carey’s site, is a sweet photo of his studio rig.

Joe Barresi confirmed to record new Tool album

In a further update from the studio via Instagram, Adam Jones confirmed that Joe Barresi will be recording the new Tool album.  Those with long memories will recall that he also recorded 10,000 Days.

Adam posts on Tool’s first day in the studio

Looks like Tool have hit the studio, with Adam sharing a post via Instagram.  Interesting to note that Billy Howerdel is in London doing A Perfect Circle media work at the moment, and Instagram suggests that Maynard is also in Europe.

Adam suggested earlier that Maynard will join the for 3 weeks in March, I assume those three weeks will be towards the end of the month.

~ Day 1 📀

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Final Tool rehearsal prior to recording new album?

Another visitor from the Loft today, this time British rapper Heitham Al-Sayed from the band Senser, who claims that this is the last rehearsal prior to recording.  All signs seem to be pointing to Tool reaching conclusion on their next album.

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:

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