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Update: Mastering confirmed

Following up from yesterdays rumour of Tool entering the mastering phase, a few more bits of info have come to light to put this much closer to the “confirmed” category.

Firstly, electronic artist Of The Trees has tweeted some further detail on his meeting with Tool:

I imagine it was a chance encounter with the band at the airport or some other venue, rather than a planned thing.

Secondly, Adam has posted several photos on his Instagram story feed, one of Joe Barresi carrying what I imagine is a case containing the recordings, and another from the street out front of Gateway Mastering Studios.

What does this all mean? Well for those who don’t know, mastering is the final step in completing the recording. Once done, the only thing left for the band to sort is the release date and packaging. I’d expect that work is already underway regarding this.

For reference, 10,000 Days was mastered sometime in February 2006, and then released in May. Assuming we’re following a similar timeline, it looks like we’re on track for a new Tool album in June. Fingers crossed!

Are Tool mastering the new album?

I had a source of mine tell me today that Danny Carey missed an advertised show at the Baked Potato last night, because he was on a plane with the rest of the band headed to Maine for mastering the new Tool album – presumably with Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The source was a new one to me, and one I considered unverified, so I posted with some caution in the forum and on Reddit.

Then an observant Redditor managed to spot a post from Maine electronic artist Of The Trees:

So it seems the rumour has some legs then! While we probably should get too excited just yet, hopefully there’s an announcement of an opulent and humanely euthanised lobster dinner sometime in the near future.

Tool February 2019 Newsletter

Another month has passed, and Blair shares with us another Tool newsletter. It’s a pretty dense newsletter, with a few veiled hints at a range of things, from release dates, to a possible Australian tour.

I’ve seen a few interpretations around the place, ranging from a April 19 release date, as well as some rumours suggestion Tool could town Down Under as soon as July, but nothing really solid enough to get too excited yet. I still think we can rule out April based on Maynard’s comments for example

Okay, that’s it for the short month of February. Those who still think that I should disregard my Non-disclosure agreement (perhaps not realizing that getting stung on the face by those wingless wasps is something that I’d rather not experience – and not just because of Spartley’s sting pain index!), how about showing some resourcefulness and getting your own new album information.  For instance, maybe take a closer look to see what ‘Evil’ Joe might have written on a piece of masking tape stuck on the recording console in those photos available on the Internet.  Show your initiative, friends.  All one needs to do is gain access to a computer with some serious computing speed. Magnification at 200 PetaFLOPS ought to do the trick.

https://www.toolband.com/news/458771/tool-newsletter

In other somewhat interesting news, Peter Grenader, who created Danny‘s synth for him had the following to say on Facebook recently:

While I was installing it, DC was tearing apart Vlad’s demo videos – he’s totally stoked about having it. Very good things are coming in the late Spring when Tool resumes a humungous touring schedule to support the new record, due out in April, and btw – I’ve heard parts of it and it is a paradigm shift…

It doesn’t change my mind on the April thing, but the “humungous tour” and “paradigm shift” sound interesting….

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Nostalgia: 10,000 Days Andy King Review

With a new Tool album on the way, I thought it would be fun to review some of the posts that came out around the time of their last album 10,000 Days release. One review that sticks in mind is the infamous review from Andy King, who I believe was a radio DJ who attended a listening party.

From memory he didn’t realise there was a non-disclosure agreement, and published a review of sorts online. It was reasonably quickly taken down, but the internet did what the internet does, and preserved it for prosterity.

Here it is!

Track 1- “Vicarious” (7min 3sec). 
Mesmeric start. Hypnotic beat. Jagged, angular off beats.  Familiar trancey passages punctuated by a guitar part reminiscent of an older Tool track. Tribal drum beats fuck with a lovely melody and climax with Maynard’s vocals.

Track 2 “Jambi” (7min 12sec) 
Melodic intro with almost balladic vocals from Maynard.  Lighter feel (almost, dare I say it, APC-tinged) but not for long. Danny gets stronger – Baresi releases our tubthumper and the feel gets much heavier into ‘chugga chugga’ off beats. Then – here’s some unusual guitar work.  Man, it’salmost Hendix-like! Then back into a heavy tribal groove

Track 3 “Wings For Marie (Pt 1)” (6min 20sec) / Track 4 “10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)” (10min 26sec) 
Starting with Buddhist temple-flavoured gong tweaking the collective nipples of Kraftwerk, a deep sphincter-rumbling bass and om chanting might recall ‘Parabol’. After 3 minutes of this nerve-wracking niceness, all Hell breaks loose with mega-heavy riffdom before slipping back into spaciness after 30 seconds. Like an epileptic convulsion in a night of deep sleep. Hawkwind does Greensleeves whilst Pink Floyd look on. The Record Company people are starting to look nervous and uncomfortable as if they have seldom HEARD anything so strange and worrying.  What the fuck is this? Let me outta here! I need to go snuggle the Radio One Playlist! Suddenly it’s a crazed sea shanty for whacked-out space travelers.  ‘You’re the only one who can hold your head up high. It’s my time now… my time now… give me my… give me my…’ duets Maynard with himself. Danny fights free of the evil clutches of Dr Baresi and goes off on one. Adam’s guitar recalls something off Lateralus again. It’s Triad, I think, but it’s almost impossible to identify one riff whilst another song goes on. The musical equivalent of rubbing one’s head and tummy simultaneously in different directions. They’re doing this on purpose to fuck with our heads. Bastards! Returns to full-on rhythmic Toolishness to end. No it isn’t the end. It doesn’t end like any other song ends.

Track 5 “The Pot” (Probably 6min 11 sec) 
Oooooooh. This is THE one. Ya know what, pluggers? Radio might even go for this! Maynard’s vocals at the start are quite extraordinary. Place equal parts of Chris De Burgh, Tiny Tim and Bilal The Muezzin in a blender and run for your life. Easily the most commercial track to date. In fact, easily the most commercial track Tool have EVER done. That guitar is waaay strong again. Did Adam bribe Baresi? This is still twisted. It’s hard but commercial. The end spells a relief as climactic as a boil bursting. I go ‘Yessssss’ and the whole room of cool jouros looks round at me as if I’m a Bateman cartoon ‘The Man Who Ordered A Pork Sandwich In Blooms’. This is a SERIOUSLY awesome track. Just you mark my words.

Track 6 “Lipan Conjuring” (1min) 
In which Maynard becomes a Native American for no good reason. Strange, but we like a bit of strangeness.

Track 7 “Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)”/ “Rosetta Stoned” (14min 45sec)
(Could be two medium length tracks and a terribly short one, too.  I’m now losing the will to live with the stopwatch. It’s 14min 45sec of music, whatever)  Guitars to the fore again. One long note with almost blues-like, overlaid note progressions. f@!# me, it’s House Of The Rising Sun cut with Ketamine. There are unsettling whispers and talking. Is this a bad trip or a psychiatry session? Come to think of it, is there a difference? ‘How Are You Today?’… ‘Tell Me Everything’ then THWACK! Into such a breathtakingly slappy, powerful riff kick that I’m actually physically winded for a nanosecond. Demonic, growling, rap noise over rhythmic heavy heavy groove. Forget the Were Rabbit jibe. This is a f@!# full-on, nasty, shaven headed WEREWOLF. A lightbulb goes mental in the room. The Record Company almost lose all cool and run for it. I damn nearly join them but now I AM crying. I am gulping back wracking sobs at the sheer Toolishness of this monstrous, magnificent track. This is the real deal. Again snippets from Lateralus. You ARE playing with us. You ARE! This is Tool’s equivalent of ‘spot the Hitchcock in the Hitchcock film’! But I don’t care. It’s like The Best Of Tool in one song. The Bomb. It ends like the violent end of a violent life. And then it ends again. Unless that’s another track, of course….

Track 9 “Intension” (6min 44sec). 
Odd noises. Sea shore meets ironworks. Ever see the cartoon meisterwerk ‘Spirited Away’? You MUST! In it there is a character called Kamajii The Boiler Keeper who has 6 arms and an army of small black coals. This sound is similar. Soon joined by elastic bass and drum twangling over multi-layered Maynard whisperings and chanted vox. Shades of Pink Floyd again.  Shades of the more ‘moody’ Lateralus tracks again. Reflection. Disposition. Tribal and hypnotic.

Track 10 Right In Two (9min 04sec. I think)
Melodic, slow, hypnotic. Almost balladic. Wall of Sound build-up. Danny does some Bamboo pole-type drumming into big rif***e. Big, big sound. Tool at their weightiest. It’s almost Chinese at the end.

Track 11 “Viginti Tres” 
The walk out track (their description not mine). Oddness. The Noodles of Satan.

New Tool album now scheduled for May-July

Maynard has this morning posted a more detailed update for us in Twitter, outlining some of the reasons why, and a ballpark release window for the new Tool album launch:

The most interesting point this raises for me is that what will happen on the coming US and European shows? Will we see new material? Will they just be greatest hits shows in the same mold as the last few tours? I’d always go to a Tool show if they were to swing past town, but if I were attending one of the US shows in May, I’d be a little disappointed to get the same show we’ve been seeing for the last six years again.

The mention of video is also intriguing, as typically videos have come out some time after the release of the album. Perhaps they are planning to launch with a video already the bag for their next album? Or perhaps details are being finalised to finally see that Opiate video.

Maynard Release Date “Hints” on Twitter

Maynard said a few things on Twitter these last couple of days, that suggest the new Tool album won’t be released in April. Given that Tool drummer Danny Careymentioned at a Baked Potato show recently they were aimed for a release in April or May, this doesn’t really change much in my opinion.

My thoughts regarding an April release date was that it was never going to be mid-April, and Friday the 19th of April is Good Friday, leaving the 26th as the only realistic candidate. Therefore MJK’s statement only really rules out one potential release date.

That said, it’s time for this constant social media and band hearsay type posts to stop (as well as the related clickbait style news cycle). It’s long past time where the band start acting like grown ups, and put up or shut up.

Until we get some kind of formal announcement, or at least some more solid details from a band member, I won’t be posting any more date speculation from them.

Danny says mid-April is the plan for new Tool album release

Danny Carey appeared at NAMM just recently, and to Tool fan Dirk Doucette mentioned that in regards to the new Tool albumit’s going to be out mid-April. That’s the plan anyway“.

Now Danny is notorious for being optimistic with album release dates, so take this news with a dose of skepticism, but I believe this time around we’re very much on the home stretch, and mid-April – perhaps the 12th or the 26th could be a thing.

Thanks to bunnymandrummer for the tip here!

In other related album news, at a Loft party a night earlier, guests were given a full preview of said Tool album, with a couple or people posting remarks on Instagram:

And:

Maynard confirms vocals and slow death

Those of you who read the recent Tool newsletter might have realised I’ve been away for the last week in Tasmania at a caving conference. It was great! What was also great was a few tweets from Maynard, the most interesting of which confirms that his vocals have been recorded

Someone also asked if we should expect a surprise release:

I don’t think anyone should really be surprised with that response. It was always an unlikely fantasy that Tool were going to drop a surprise album in my opinion.

Finally when asked about the process:

Of course many online took this to believe that Maynard hates Tool, and all they stand for. My take is more that Maynard has expressed these kind of frustrations since Lateralus days, so it’s nothing new. I’m sure if he felt the end result wasn’t worth the “slow death” he would have pulled the pin on his involvement long ago.

All in all, the good news here is that we can probably assume that we’ll see the new album around about the same time they kick off touring in May.

Looking back into 10,000 Days history, the album title was released on March 3rd 2006. We didn’t hear about the release date until a few days after that (which you may recall was the 6th of May). Assuming that the new album is tracking on a similar time line (and I suspect an April/May release seems likely) it may be a few months until we get some more solid details.

Tool Newsletter December 2018

The Tool December 2018 Newsletter is out, and since it’s mostly about me (of all people) I can assure you all there there is no actual Tool news contained within.

BMB:  How do you get your Tool-related news? How regularly do you check other sites? Do you have sources with other sites that give you a heads up as well as friends close to a band member that give you some inside info? I remember giving someone news to give you that I couldn’t post officially. Did you get this? (It was from someone that knew Danny.)

MATT:  These days, social media is the king for up to the minute Tool news.  The Toolband Subreddit is probably my primary source of information these days – if something has been posted on the internet that’s Tool related, it’s normally on there sometimes within minutes of being posted.  It’s a firehose like environment, with a range of Tool news and discussions coming thick and fast. On Fourtheye I tend to take the quality over quantity approach, and I think my readers prefer the more curated feed as opposed to the wild west of social media.

I have a few sources that give me snippets of info here and there, though I’d note that many of them have been pretty quiet the last few years.  I don’t want to be that guy who keeps bugging people all the time, so tend to let them come to me with information if and when they have any. The common link is that they are almost always friends of Danny!  A couple I know nothing about other than their email address, one in particular having provided a quite interesting recording from what I think was the Loft a few years ago…

Tool November 2018 Newsletter

Blair‘s Tool Newsletter for November 2018 is out now.  It highlights a recent visit to LA following the Malibu fires, where Blair catches up with Danny Carey and a few other regulars from the Tool family.  The good news is that Blair managed to hear at least part of the new album, though keeps it spoiler free:


While walking to his car (parked on yet another deficient alley), Danny emerged from the studio and insisted that we hear a couple of new Tool songs before we left. (Not the final mix.)  Yes! Climbing into the Porche, I remarked that a cave man probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it was better than Kent’s BMW because he would be so astonished at seeing an automobile that little details wouldn’t matter.  While reclined in the passenger seat (with both Sturgeon guitarists comfortably in the back), Danny put the CD into the tray and selected track 3… (No spoilers here, which I’m sure you’ll thank me for later.)

https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/457514/tool-newsletter-november-2018-e-v

To indulge in a little speculation: Blair suggests that it’s not the final mix.  The glass half full people (myself included) would take this to be that Tool are in the process of finalising the mix of the album – meaning that tracking has finished (including vocals) and that we’re perhaps on track for a release sometime before touring kicks off in 2019.  The more cynical among us might say that they’ll believe a new album is coming out when they actually see it.  Some are still waiting for the non-hoax version of 10,000 Days is released.

Also Danny has a Porsche Panamera now, which I believe is in addition to his Lamborghini.  Perfect for a growing family!

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