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Take a listen to Failure’s new album The Heart is a Monster

Failure are a band that are often cited by Tool members as an influence on their sound and songwriting, and after a lengthly split, they’re back on the radar and have a new album reading for your listening pleasure. Have a listen using the widget below, and if you dig it, pre-order from their website. Album is out on the 30th of June.

Maynard had this to say about the band (via Artist Direct):

Maynard James Keenan: Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say, “Amateurs borrow and professionals steal.” Well, over the years, this pro has robbed these poor saps blind. Biting their style has become second nature. But please don’t tell them that…

Maynard undergoes hip surgery

News from Maynard’s Instagram account this morning suggests that he’s recently undergone hip replacement surgery:

Good to see the old timers out there looking after their bodies. Nothing worse than hearing our senior citizens complain about aching bones and then doing nothing about it!

Hopefully it will assist him in achieving the next milestone Jiu Jitsu, having achieved Purple Belt not long ago:

Thankful moment. Yesterday, while on family vacation in Hawaii, I was blessed with a curveball. The coach that gave me my Blue belt years ago at Ricksons academy on Pico in LA, Luis “Limao” Heredia, @chieflimao Maui Jiu Jitsu, surprised me unexpectedly with a long, very kind, heart felt speech and my Purple Belt. It’s taken quite awhile to get here. I moved to an area that had no Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu school in late ’96 and had to commute back and forth to keep up training which just wasn’t practical. I also suffered a few injuries which also made training inconsistent. And even when I could train, it wasn’t under a single instructor with a Rickson Gracie curriculum. So very difficult to advance in belts under this scenario. But more recently I resumed training after some supportive prodding from one of my best friends in the world, Todd Fox. And I’ve been making regular trips back and forth to St Louis to train with his coach, Rodrigo Vaghi as well as to Los Angeles to train with my old friend Henry Akins, at Dynamix Martial Arts. Without these guys I wouldn’t have been able to confidently wear this belt. Thank you, Todd, Rodrigo, Henry, and Limao for this opportunity to test and understand myself better and to push my boundaries and discover more of which I am capable. @5dbjj @henrydynamixmma

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Maynard still waiting for music?

Think the new Tool album is getting close now? Suspect they might be in the studio? Maynard hoses it all down in his usual fashion:

Maynard will also be appearing on Comedy Bang! Bang! in an episode to be broadcast on May 15. Check your local TV guides!

Adam’s strings, Maynard Puscifer update and more!

As usual a bunch of things happened while I was away for a few days, so this post is a catch up of sorts.

Firstly, Adam posted a video of himself playing around with what is believed to be a Tremoloa in Joe Barresi‘s studio:

~Playing strange strings at Joe B.'s #EvilJoe #CaptainMidnight

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As yet there’s no real indication of what is going on in the studio. They’re recording something, and while there are plenty of clues suggesting they could be working on the new album, there’s just as many out there that suggest they aren’t! Something is happening, and I guess well find out in due time!

In somewhat related news Danny was recently snapped with Bob Ludwig, who mastered 10,000 Days for Tool. What Danny there for business of pleasure?

Speaking of 10,00 Days, Loudwire has an article celebrating it’s 9th anniversary, with a collection of quotes from Tool members giving insight into the recording of album.

Maynard had a chat with Punch as well, mostly about wines however did reveal that a Puscifer album is on the way and should be expected “hopefully in the fall”.

Tool bring in “the closer” to get the job done

A cryptic message appeared on Toolband today courtesy of Blair:

The closer is brought in to get the job done… using everything in his arsenal.

There’s a couple of theories on what this could mean. Perhaps Maynard is finally getting into the newly refurbished Loft to lay down the vocals for the new Tool album? The chill on the forum also pointed out that “the closer” is a bit of a baselball term, so it could refer to the “curveball” being almost ready to appear.

Either way hopefully we get some solid information soon!

Tool talk about Undertow on it’s 22nd anniversary

Loudwire have a new article online today in which Maynard, Adam and Danny each talk about Undertow on it’s 22nd anniversary. They talk about the album, the motivation behind the band in those days, as well as some further insight into the difficulties they were having with Paul D’Amour at the time:

“Paul really wanted to be a guitar player early on,” Carey says. “Even before we started on Undertow, he wanted to get another bass player in the band so he could play guitar. And we were all just like, ‘There’s no way we’re getting another a–hole in this band to deal with.’ But he really wasn’t happy with things the way they were. And that became more and more apparent over time.”

It’s an interesting article and worth the read.

Maynard gives us a Tool update

It’s been a good couple of days for Tool updates, and now Maynard swoops in and gives us another:

I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.

Much better than a #gullible! With the accompanying photo (possibly taken by Aaron Harris):