Skeptic on Toolarmy pointed out that the latest issue of Kerrang (UK edition I presume) has a short interview with Tool regarding the new CD. Here’s a few excerpts I liked:
…..anyone expecting the shadowy Californian quartet to have gone soft with age willl be sorely disappointed. True to form, Tools upcoming opus is a 77-minute prog-metal odyssey, packed with plenty of eight minute-plus twisted riff-a-thons, odd-tempo polyrhythms and the bands trademark, eerie interludes. Its also arguably their heaviest, most punishing material since their 1993 breakthrough album ‘Undertow’.
“We’ve all been listening to a lot of Meshuggah” admits guitarist Adam Jones. “I see a lot of them in us and us in them, and they really have a very experimental prog side to them. I dont think it was like, ‘Okay right here were going to play like Meshuggah’, but more, ‘Oh my god, that’s come out a Messhuggah moment’.”
Tool also spent five months, in the company of QOTSA/Melvins engineer Joe Barresi, in three different LA studios over autumn 2005 recording it.
All sounds pretty good to me. Kkerdersha83 also posted a couple of scans of the articles (which were apparently scanned by Foamy on Toolnavy), including a new band photo, which I’ve hosted on these links: