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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…

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.

Tom Morello on new Tool album + Northern Invasion

Tom Morello has reported on Instagram recently that he’s had a chance to check out the work in progress on the new Tool album:

Sounds like the body of evidence pointing to a new Tool album is growing.  The when is still very much a question, but I don’t have any doubts this will happen, and hopefully soon.

In other Tool news, they’ve confirmed a second festival slot, this time as part of the Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.  They will play the Sunday night on May 13th  with Alice In Chains. A Perfect Circle taking part on Saturday.  Tickets are a fair bit cheaper than Rock on the Range, though in my opinion the lineup much weaker.

Festivals not your thing?  Hold fire and wait and see if there are a few Tool tour dates – I’d be surprised if there weren’t more added over the coming weeks.

Danny talks Legend of the Seagullmen with MetalSucks, drops Tool update

On a recent MetalSucks podcast, in which they speak with Jimmy Hayward and Danny Carey, the pair discuss all things regarding Legend of Seagull, and intriguingly how it ties in with future Tool plans.  It’s an interesting interview, though the audio is pretty poor, so hard to follow at times.

The take I’m sure that most of you are interested in, is where Danny talks about Tool’s future plans, going so far as to promise Tool will have something out in 2018:

Justin made us feel like Tool would have a new album out in 2018. On a scale of 1-10, how much did Justin lie to us?

Danny Carey: “He did not lie to you. On scale of how much he lied, it would be zero. It’ll be out. It’ll be out in 2018.”

So Danny is pretty convinced, and he reinforced this in a chat with Loudwire (where you can also hear the new Seagull track Shipswreck) as well:

“Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing – I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. [What time of year it will be out] I can’t tell you.”

Should we get excited yet?  Probably not. Maynard hasn’t seem to hosed down the idea “yet”, but I don’t really think we’ll see anything released until late 2018 at best.  Even then it’s hard to get too excited for something that has been in the works for so long.  Danny is speaking quite positively, so it’s easy to assume that there are solid plans to record early in 2018.

Personally though, until we hear confirmation that Tool are recording, the lid will remain firmly on for me.

Tool to headline Rock on the Range 2018

Tool have been announced as one of the headline acts of the Rock On The Range festival, held in May 18-20 in Columbus, OH.  The join such luminaries as Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin.  If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing, also on the lineup are much better (but lesser know acts) Quicksand, Baroness, Code Orange and Power Trip.

Oh, and A Perfect Circle are also playing, presumably not on the same day as Tool.

According to the press kit ‘We have one of the only shows from Tool in 2018’ which suggests to me that we’ll see another few shows, I’d guess in the week or so leading up to the festival.  I have no insight into the scope of the tour, but I’d guess it’ll be a short one.

Tickets are on sale now for the whole weekend.  Single day tickets don’t seem to be available at the moment, but I imagine if it doesn’t sell out will do so closer to the event.

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 ❤️

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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.

Weekly Update 11-Sept-2017

Things are moving so slowly in Tool land at the moment, I’ve run out of material (and motivation) for regular posts.  So while Tool are in stealth mode (likely for the rest of the year I expect) rather than bombarding you with with stuff that is only somewhat interesting, I’ll do a weekly update.  This update will include Tool related stuff, relevant side projects, and even a few updates from bands that have supported Tool, or I feel would generally interest Fourtheye readers.

In this weeks episode:

  • Justin gets a new bass
  • The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan
  • The Melvins rate legal weed

Got anything that might interest Fourtheye readers?  Let me know!

Justin gets a new bass

Adam posted on Instagram a pic of Justin with his new Warwick bass.

~ S o m e b o d y ~ got a new custom bass ~ sounds so amazing*

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Some of you may notice the whiteboard behind, suggesting that perhaps they’re working on new stuff.  Frequent AJ followers on Instagram may have also noticed

The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan

Maynard is featuring in a number of short episodes recorded for the Revolver website, in which he discusses a range of topics – mostly about what inspires him to make music and wine.

Part 3 and 4 are yet to arrive, but keep your eyes peeled

The Melvins rate Legal Weed

The Melvins are always good for a laugh, and this interview for Pitchfork media has a few solid chuckles:

Don’t forget they have a newish album A Walk with Love & Death (which isn’t bad).  And Dale has a solo album called The Fickle Finger of Fate (which is better).

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,

D.C.

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

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