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.
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.
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.
We were honored to be invited to the last rehearsal before the recording begins on TOOL’s new album. I closed my eyes and saw visions, it was so moving to feel the passion unchanged from when I met them about a quarter of a century ago. It made me so happy , I’m truly proud of them and so excited to hear it when the vocals are in place. #tool #newalbum #lastmile #polyrhythm #passion #devotion #adamjones #justinchancellor #dannycarey #maynardjameskeenan
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
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 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:
Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging. That in theory means the tracks wont change out from under me while I’m trying to write stories and melodies to them. In theory. Still waiting for the FINAL on 1,
— Maynard J Keenan (@mjkeenan) February 17, 2018
…but way ahead. Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer. Meanwhile new @aperfectcircle release on 4/20. #whileyouwerewhiningiwasworking #theresyourupdate #eattheelephant #aperfectcircle2018
— Maynard J Keenan (@mjkeenan) February 17, 2018
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 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).
Yes it is true… the new Tool record is insane… (vocals still in progress) and the world is just not ready for this… beyond grateful to have just witnessed this with @nergal69 and @morganagren at The Loft. Really no words for this… now heading to really cap this Cali trip in style with @meshuggahband … 🙏🤘
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.
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.
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!
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…
There’s another update from Danny Carey in regards to the new Tool album floating around, and this is courtesy of Drum Magazine:
“It’s gonna be really good,” he said. “We’re really excited about it. We’re getting really close, too. We’re probably going to write the rest of this year and then start tracking early in the new year. So, it’ll be out some time in 2018.”
Good news it seems, and would suggest that Maynard is underway with his part of the songwriting process. Of course Maynard is well known for hosing down the other members of Tool in regards to progress, so lets take with a pinch of salt for now.
The rest of the interview is interesting, and probably skipped over by many. Danny talks about Legend of the Seagullmen as well as a new kit that Sonor are working with him on.
Maynard James Keenan spoke with Joe Rogan on his podcast this week, and covers a range of the usual topics you’d expect – wine making, fighting, discipline, the music industry, his love for cross-stitching and of course, Tool. As with Maynard’s other chats with Rogan, it’s an interesting listen, and great to hear him speak in a more relaxed, between friends manner than the usual defensive style taken with clickbait focused music journalists.
But let’s face it, Tool is what most of us want to know about (that bit starts at around the 1:22 mark on the video embedded below). Specifically Maynard discusses frustrations, but also understanding and acceptance of the current writing process. He also mentions that there are several tracks ready for vocals, and others in the works as well. Though nothing is complete yet, he does mention that he had worked on vocals for a track, only to find when he returned to the band it had changes so much they were no longer relevant.
I came away from the interview feeling pretty good about where the album is at. It appeared to me that Maynard feels good about what has been written so far. There are obvious frustrations, but he seems at peace with where it’s at. Some question if we’ll ever see another album from Tool, but for me this interview definitely made me feel it’s more of a “when” situation rather than “if”
So, my take on all this is that songwriting continues. It’s not going to wind up any time soon. I don’t think anyone should have expectations of Tool recording anytime this year. I’d go so far as to say we’re unlikely to see a Tool album before this time next year.