Danny Carey

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.

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!

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…

Another Danny Carey update on new Tool album

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.

Legend of the Seagullmen debut with Primus

The Legend of the Seagullmen, a band featuring Danny Carey, as well as Brent Hinds from Mastodon will play it’s debut show at the Primus NYE Party in San Francisco later this year.  Going by social media posts recently it sounds like they’ve been recording as well, so expect some news on an album sometime eventually.

Primus will return to the Fox Theater in Oakland for a Goblin New Years on Sunday, December 31st, 2017. Joining Primus for their debut performance will be special guest Legend of the Seagullmen featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Danny Carey of Tool.

There’s a presale for this on the 19th of October, then public sale on the 20th.  It’s a popular event, so expect it to sell out.

Weekly Update 16-Oct-2017

We skipped a week, but that’s how I roll sometimes.  We had some exciting APC news the other day, but nothing else really worth noting.  This week I have a couple of little things:

  • ToolArchive’s Live DVD
  • Danny on zZyzx Society’s Organasm
  • Albums of the week: William Patrick Corgan, Citizen, Dale Crover

ToolArchive’s Live DVD 2017

ToolArchive from Youtube has once again compiled a range of clips from the last Tool tour earlier this year and made a homemade Live DVD of sorts.  It’s a cool effort, so check it out.  In particular take note of Tool’s performance of Eulogy – a rare treat, which is accompanied by some clever work with the lighting and video rig.

Danny Carey on zZyzx Society’s Organasm

The zZyzx Society have a teaser of a new track called Organasm which features Danny Carey:

This is short excerpt from Organasm, also part of the upcoming zZyzx Society CD. This section was largely composed by Thighpaulsadnra and includes timbres by him, Danny Carey, Jill Fraser and Peter Grenader.

Specifically: Thigh P is doing most of the massive build at the beginning with the octave doubled shimmering triad by PG, some of the single drum beatsm the white noise based timbres, the misc muted albeit abrupt bang timbres and the beautiful two part (low then high register) Carlos-esque desending lines toward the end. Tool drummer Danny Carey and I did the “bang” after the first build (Gamalan gong and electronics) with DC filing in with other misc drum flams, the kettle drum rolls and the panning tape delayed electronic talking drum gesture in the second half. Peter Grenader is most of the metallic bell tree timbres, the very-digital sounding panning whooshes and the ‘ahhhhhh’ pedaltones. There is a lot more from Thigh P and Danny in the minutes after this clip.

Check out the track here.

For those unaware, Peter Grenader is the guy responsible for Danny’s large synth he takes out on tour.

Albums of the Week:

Not a great collection of new stuff this week – been low on listening time.  Send me some listening suggestions for next week!

William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala

First up is the new album by Billy Corgan (or William Patrick Corgan as this album is credited).  It’s not the bombastic style Smashing Pumpkins album you might expect.  This Rick Rubin produced album is pretty stripped back and acoustic, and I didn’t mind it.

Citizen – As You Please

Citizen have a new album out called As You Please.  These guys put out a sombre brand of rock, which for some reason remind me a bit of Failure.  Check it out…

Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger of Fate

Not really new, but the Dale Crover album was better than the last Melvins one, so it demands your time.  Give in to it…

Weekly Update 25-Sep-2017

Time for the weekly Fourtheye update!  A few interesting items this week, but nothing really newsworthy from Tool.  As usual let me know if there’s anything else I can include.

In this weeks edition:

  • New Danny Carey merch
  • Justin + The Crystal Method
  • The Haunted Swordsman
  • Carina Round has a baby
  • Albums of the week: King Parrot, The Contortionist, Metz and Death From Above 1979

Danny Carey Toolbox Elements shirt

Danny has a new shirt our called Toolbox Elements

DANNY’S new “TOOLBOX ELEMENTS” tee shirt is based on his custom built PLAN B (Electro-Acoustic Research) modular synthesizer – a masterwork of electronics created by Peter Grenader. The controls of the various synth modules are glimpsed while superimposed on the nine-sided geometry (NONAGON) that embellishes the purplish casing of the ToolBox performance system in polished plasma cut aluminum designed by Chas Smith. Fashioned according to Danny’s specifications, the center of the Nonagon also features “EYE OF HORUS” controls.

Justin + Crystal Method

We’re reported before that Justin has worked with the Crystal Method, and looks like one of their tracks will be featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Hired Gun.

“We Miss Cliff” featuring Justin Chancellor: Loved what Justin did for the Cliff Burton piece lot of pressure was put on Scott as we used Metallica’s “Orion” as temp music…What Scott delivered was chilling and absolutely perfect!

“Being a fan of music documentaries, I jumped at the opportunity to view an early cut of Hired Gun. Fran’s a great story teller so it didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to be a part of this project,” shares Scott Kirkland. “The scene that immediately spoke to me was Rudy Sarzo’s retelling of that tragic day in March of 1982 when the world lost Randy Rhodes. I became a kid again, staring at the family’s 20″ Magnavox TV in shock, as an awkward reporter with an MTV hat told the world he was gone. I stopped everything and started writing and from that initial demo I got the gig. This project allowed me to explore so many different genres and emotions that I found it to be so creatively stimulating. The night before the entire score was due they sent me the Cliff Burton scene. So I asked my mate Justin Chancellor to stop by after rehearsal and watch it with me because I knew he like myself and so many others worshiped Cliff. Justin is so brilliant and plays with his heart. I’m thrilled that my good friend Tobias Enhus was able to join me and couldn’t be prouder of our contribution to this awesome project.”

The Haunted Swordsman

Adam has endorsed a Kickstarter project but former Stan Winston Studio buddy Kevin McTurk called the Haunted Swordsman:

Carina Round has a baby!

Congratulations to Puscifer member Carina Round, who recently gave birth!

Here. #initnow ❤️

A post shared by Carina Round (@carinaround) on


Albums of the week

Death from Above 1979 – Outrage is Now!

Their debut was pretty great, the followup a bit average and their most recent pretty good – worth a listen!

King Parrot – Ugly Produce

Aussie grinders King Parrot released a great album this week, full of noisy numbers I expect none of you will enjoy

The Contortionist – Clairvoyant

Probably the most Tool like of this weeks list, these guys have a brand of progressive metal that sits well with me.  Check it out

METZ – Strange Peace

Canadian noise rock band METZ recently recorded with Steve Albini, so you can probably guess how this is going to sound.  Fucking rad for the most part.

Danny confirms that Tool remasters are in the works?

On Reddit the other day some chap called cptsweatpantz decided to start an online petition to get Tool to re-release their albums on vinyl.  A noble suggestion, however was met with the usual cries of “online polls don’t do shit!” – something I agree with despite signing anyway.

Lo and behold the creator of the petition receives an email from Danny Carey (screenshot of which is below) in which he says:

The petition won’t really matter.  We are already in the process of remastering all of our albums for release on vinyl in the near future.

Thanks for your enthusiasm Josh,


Good news on the surface of things, since I suspect many would embrace the opportunity to grab some legitimate, and reasonably priced Tool vinyl.  “Near future”  can be taken to mean anytime between now and End Times.

It should be pointed out that it’s pretty easy to spoof email addresses, so I’d suggest some caution here (though I have no real reason to doubt this random Reddit guy).  Fingers crossed it’s legit though.

Email from Danny confirming Tool vinyl remastering

John Ziegler’s Stroke Recovery Fund

Sad news this morning in that it appears Volto! and Pigmy Love Circus guitarist John Z has recently suffered from a serious stroke.  My understanding of the US Medical system, is that it’s mostly a joke, so financially John appears to be under much strain.  A Gofundme account has been set up, and I’d encourage those with a few spare dollars to send some his way.

John “Johnny Z” Ziegler is a very well-respected and adored guitarist/musician in the Los Angeles music community and beyond. A dedicated player and sought after instructor, he is known for his band Volto!, as well as the groups Pygmy Love Circus and Zime – and of course as the ringleader of the Monday Night Jamz at the legendary Baked Potato Jazz Club for the past 12+ years.

On July 16th, 2017, John suffered a devastating stroke while alone in his home. In distress for an indeterminate amount of time, he was eventually able to reach his phone and signal for help. Paramedics arrived soon thereafter and transported him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

The stroke has affected John’s speech, vision, and entire right side of his body. While tests are ongoing to uncover the extent of any further damage, the doctors and therapists are optimistic he can regain function. Those that know him will be happy to hear John’s larger than life personality still shines bright, with his humor and signature charm very much intact. However, there is a lot of uncertainty ahead in his long road to recovery.

Due to this life-altering event, John is unable to perform and therefore support himself. He is in dire need of assistance to get him through this tough time that will undoubtedly require lengthy physical therapy to regain his playing ability.

The money raised here will go to the following:
– Medical & Therapy Expenses (including the potential purchase of a medical bed)
– Daily Care
– Transportation
– General Monthly Living Expenses

John’s immediate family lives in Texas, and are communicating with doctors to determine the best course of action. Meanwhile, the expenses are overwhelming, and will continue to mount. Any support you are able to provide will help give John the best shot at recovery and alleviate the increasing financial strain he and his family are under. Thank you for your help in getting Brother John Z back on stage where he belongs.

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