Justin discusses the new album with Metal Sucks

Metal Sucks have today published a Podcast which contains a 10 minute interview with Justin Chancellor, where he talks about progress on the new Tool album, and their love of playing live.  While the interview is short on much concrete information, Justin does mention that he believes the new album is about 90% done.  He declined to give any indication of when it would be released though.

It’s an insightful interview, so well worth your time.

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DRURY
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DRURY

now it’s a question of when they can get studio time and do it. Might be early next year still, considering wine season and tours. So if all goes well, perhaps next summer for a tour.

Bagochodes
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Bagochodes

Statements like these have already been made by the band prior to this, so I’d take with a grain of salt.

The more interesting takeaway is the acknowledgment of inner friction between the four of them.

I’d like to believe that if they are still going, despite these conflicts, it’s because they genuinely believe in their craft…otherwise I don’t see the purpose of a new album, besides money which I don’t think they lack.

DRURY
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DRURY

I don’t remember them saying they were 90% done before. Can you show me where they’ve said that?

Aside from Danny saying outlandish things. They’ve pretty much stated how much they’ve had done all along.

Bagochodes
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Bagochodes

There have been several instances of similar reports, like back in 2010 when one of the boys said the album would drop by 2011 or that time a few years ago, when there was some report from one of the VIP sessions, where Adam allegedly said that the album was 100% done.

Now MJK seems to cast some clouds over this latest claim, with a very elaborate tweet. Expected.

With all the clickbait going around, I think it’s safe not to take everything at face value, otherwise people get upset, really fast (case in point, the San Bernadino totally unfounded backlash).

Earthrocker
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Earthrocker

JC is just cool isn’t he?

Down to earth, no bravado, honest and just gets it. Gets life and the band situation.

They all clearly have got their shit together now.

The Pot video, honestly, thought was brilliant from that ToolArchive footage. Reading the recent tour reports, sounds like they have really peaked.

Look forward to all the recording news and for the record HB you have been pretty bang on the predications and called out a lot of bollocks.

Perhaps 10 more newsletters? haha

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

He is fucking cool man way down to earth. Yeah they have definitely hit a new high that’s for sure. Their show is exponentially better and it has been a pleasure to have seen them enough times to notice. I personally at some point felt like they had plateaued on 10,000 days but after going back and listening to that album several more times and hearing interpretations of it from the band and fans… That was really a great album after all! I still don’t think it had the same importance to me that Lateralus did but I was too… Read more »

DRURY
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DRURY

10KD is a tough album for many. I connected to it for a few reasons….for one I listened to it for years and really took stock of the musical choices therein and I personally found that the album was an important expression that stated that they, as a band, were improving their CRAFT, and willing to experiment and risk it to get there. This means that it doesn’t always work out and deliver the best product to listen to, or even enjoy on a surface level. You gotta be in a certain mindset, whereas their other albums are more accessible.… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

I’m feeling much more inclined to say the same about 10K Days.

raiderII
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raiderII
toolman666
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toolman666

I’ve never seen so many positive comments in a thread before. Tool must’ve struck a cord with their latest tour and interviews. I’m glad to see good spirits floating around Fourtheye. Glen Helen show was mind blowing. I’m sure the rest of the tour was great too. Maynard quoted Willy Wonka, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamer of dreams.” Also made the comment “Everything is gonna work out, or it isn’t, but tonight we dance.” Something along those lines. The band sounded amazing. They always do but it felt like something special was happening and Maynard… Read more »

toolman666
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toolman666

Dreamers*

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Yeah dude I was feeling pretty optimistic with Maynard’s attitude that evening. He was fantastic in Sacramento the night before as well… They are playing incredibly tight man it’s just super impressive. They seem to be very excited and happy.

Adam during the VIP session in Sacramento just had a really positive attitude and I don’t know how to explain it…

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Album or not I’m just excited about their seemingly unusual positive attitudes. They are definitely in it all together right now and that’s apparent.

Jethro Tool
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Jethro Tool

Kabir didnt seem that impressed tho and he was there

nxrm
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nxrm

Yeah, well, that’s just, like, his opinion, man. 🙂

Anyhow, it was my 11th time seeing Tool, and I thought the guys were focused, the music was tight, the lighting and video work was enthralling, and there was an intense energy throughout the entire set.

The criticism I’ve read about the show is just perplexing.

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Yeah man I agree with you. Sacramento and San Bernadino were ridiculously amazing.

DRURY
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DRURY

That was my 18th TOOL show (that I remember) and it ranks up there in the top 5. Considering I saw them during the undertow days, that is no small thing to say! They were incredibly tight and the energy was off the charts. Maynard game it his all and Danny was an absolute beast. Adam made zero mistakes and they all just nailed it. Most times I see them it is good, but you can see subtle changes through the years. It felt like they were tapping into the core chemistry of the band itself and were AWARE of… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Sacramento was my 3rd and San Bernadino was my 4th time seeing them… both shows were way way WAY WAY WAY better than the first and second time I had seen them…

Earthrocker
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Earthrocker

The positivity in this thread is off the hook!!

JC’s: “We are ready to go” just says it all really.

mfmeitbual
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mfmeitbual

Caught show #10 in Nampa, ID and since I saw them there in 2002, I can’t say they’ve been in finer form.

Mix was excellent, performance was excellent and was there, dare I say – improvisation?

If they release another album or not – I’m ambivalent. They’ve written enough awesome material to influence a generation of artists and I’m looking forward to see what the spawn of Tool/Primus sounds like compared to the spawn of Floyd/Black Sabbath.

Maynerd
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Maynerd

Wonder if everyone from this thread will still be so ‘positive’ this time next year when the band have not entered the studio, and are doing another little tour with the same old songs, once again.

DRURY
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DRURY

It’s been 11 years. Nothing can phase me anymore.

I’m happy to catch them on tour and when they are playing this well it’s a bonus.

I do want to hear what they’ve been working on. Hopefully we all get that in the next couple years. Who knows.

smithersSOCAL
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smithersSOCAL

theres a sucker born every minute…

I’m still baffled by all people who thought the San Berdoo show was some giant artistic rebirth of the band.

DRURY
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DRURY

Projecting much? I never thought these shows would reveal anything.

I was surprised how good they sounded and Maynard was in mostly top form, so really it was better than expected.

hexagone
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hexagone

Positivity is great and i don’t want to shit on anyone’s parade but we’ve heard this all before.

Someone higher on this page said they’ve peaked….cmon bro.

That being said, the recent live shows have sounded the best they have since lateralus tour. MJK sounds great. Some advice for tool: never take sweat off the setlist. Good shit.

DRURY
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DRURY

No kidding. Sacramento got RIPPED OFF. They didn’t play Sweat, and completely left off s song in that spot on the set list.

dslet
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dslet

Funny enough, Maynard already shat on this optimism / positivity / information provided by Justin via the Puscifer twitter a little while ago. LOL — guess the fans know as much about what’s going on and/or are as much of assholes as members of the group themselves.

dslet
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dslet

Though to be fair, Maynard’s comment was a cryptic response that is readily interpretable as him misunderstanding the 90% done comment and taking it more literally when he has tours lined up through next year. Or just even a concern that fans will take it to mean a Tool album this year when it obviously will not happen.

maxell0405
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maxell0405

I’ll join the wave of positivity, at least in part: 90% is a good number, but I think we all know that numbers like that are like the progress bar on your computer when it is updating Windows. It can take half as long to go from 90 to 100 as it took to go from 0 to 90. And almost certainly Justin is referring to the music, not including lyrics. I’ll get really psyched when the news is that they Other Three have given the music to Maynard. Once he’s working on it, I’ll know that it’s about to… Read more »