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….
I say, no chance this thing is dropping in April. They haven’t even finished mixing yet according to this. Also, other than mixing not being complete, there is almost no other updates on this album in the newsletter and it is now March 1. Blair basically tells us to check the updates we already got from Maynard and Danny. I’m not sure what the letters and numbers written on that masking tape mean. Why does it have to be cryptic? Like, can’t he just put it in English for us? I know many of you like these newsletters, but I… Read more »
Yeah, you’d think after 13+ years of waiting they could perhaps throw their millions of fans a fkn bone and tell us when they plan to release the album. All the cryptic clues and joking around about it got old years ago.
I think the short answer is they don’t have a date yet.
Im starting to think its a elaborate hoax. Again. Fuck it Maynard just put out another Puscifer record.
It’s a beautiful thing to see what this is doing to all the entitled whiners…
I’d take a silent campaign over all the relentless and meaningless teasing a lot of artists do these days ; it’s all announcements announcing future announcements that end up being teasers for upcoming singles and when the latter’s out, you get some bogus documentary or some pre-order scam plan for a special edition mug and calendar on top of what will often be a mediocre record.
I enjoy the hints and like having stuff to investigate. That makes it more fun. Blair, on the other hand, is just a shitty writer and literally no one cares to hear what’s going on in his life.
I think it would be best if they hired someone younger and more interesting. Maybe someone who could add something to the site through other forms of media and whatnot.
“Paradigm Shift” is the phrase that truly excites me most. Hopefully it is not just hype from an overexcited fan. This is where for me, Tool get really exciting. The question, Where will they go next? This for me has been the most exciting part of Tool. The difference between Undertown and Aenima, and the difference between Aenima and Lateralus, for me was amazing. Completely different yet absolutely fantastic. I didn’t really feel like this so much from Lateralus to 10,000 Days. To me, whilst the songs are great they feel more like left overs from Aenima and Lateralus. Which… Read more »
Tool’s foray into dubstep will bring plurnt to us all through this breakthrough remix release of Opiate.
I’ve never quite understood the whole ‘songs from 10,000 Days sound like Lateralus b-sides’argument There’s a huge, noticeable difference between the two albums. Lateralus is such a tight album, whereas 10K is definitely more prog. That’s the progression between the two.
If they were coming to Australia for a tour they would have announced it by now. Maybe they’re coming to town for new album listening parties as they did for 10,000 Days.
Not necessarily – the rumour I heard involved Splendour In The Grass, which has yet to be announced.
But I’m reasonably confident that it’s nothing more than a rumour at this stage – I suspect it’s just wishful thinking and not sure Splendour is the right demographic. Also, I spoke to Blair and he said that while Tool no doubt will visit Australia, the newsletter was not intended to suggest it was happening soon (nor are there any specific references to a release date).
Fair enough. Definitely the wrong demographic for Splendour, but who knows, they could come down for a one show only visit and highlight some new songs.
If we entertain the idea that they are playing Splendour, there is no way sideshows would be announced prior to the festival announcement.
Definitely not. I’m still thinking a short trip down under is on the cards for new album listening parties, and maybe one gig which could, in fact, be Splendour, then a full-scale tour after the new album is released.