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!

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bob
bob
1 year ago

impressive…..most impressive 😉

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
1 year ago

Easter wabbit down the road.

cultiv8420
cultiv8420
1 year ago

Hellboy, didn’t you have a “contest” many years ago to guess the release date of the new album? Something in the forums here, I thought? I tried searching but couldn’t find anything. I thought it would be funny to see those guesses, as I bet the latest date guessed was over 2 years ago.

cultiv8420
cultiv8420
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

LMAO! What a different time! It’s like it was another planet entirely. What a world.

lumps
lumps
1 year ago

This is awesome! One step closer!

Do you think Blair will clear this up in the next newsletter?

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

Fuck!! Within 2-3 months we’ll be rocking out to a new Tool album. The wait is over.

Coochiemudlo
Coochiemudlo
1 year ago

Single within the month???

DRURY
DRURY
Reply to  Coochiemudlo
1 year ago

No.

Just be glad this thing is actually finished. It’s coming.

tOOLNZ
tOOLNZ
1 year ago

Anyone know if Maynard is with them?

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  tOOLNZ
1 year ago

It would be weird of them to be mastering the album without him.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

I know the band doesn’t do the actual mastering, but I’m sure all 4 members would have to sign off on the final product. Surely he’d be there to hear it as its all finished.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
1 year ago

So envious. All the people that get to hear it first. I think this is the longest I’ve anticipated anything. Greatest audio artistry of all time headed our way, right now.

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

What was the timeline between the release of Vicarious and 10,000 Days release?

robot700
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

Vicarious was released on april 17, 2006 – On maynards birthday…

10,000 Days was released on may 2, 2006

faaip de oiad
faaip de oiad
1 year ago

More photos have been posted on Danny’s site. They are of tool with Joe Barresi and Bob Ludwig hanging out.

chonus
chonus
1 year ago

Oh ye of little faith. The release date will be a double (or triple) album on Good Friday. 4-19-19. The Beatles were bigger than Jesus. But Tool is the second coming. Just in time for Easter. Hellboy was in top form steering us away from the date and keeping the secret. Just my crazy opinion.

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

These guys will probably drop the release date on April Fools Day, just to mess with people one more time.

nails
nails
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

I have been thinking the same thing for years..

children
children
Reply to  nails
1 year ago

There is no way they will pass up the opportunity to fuck with us when we are all so eager for any scraps of information. Just giving us the legitimate album details on April fool’s would be great. Nobody would believe it.

chonus
chonus
1 year ago

Are we all of the same mind that this will be a double (or triple) album? I’m recalling Blair’s comment in the recent newsletter that we might consider saving a few songs and not listening to them until a later date so as to have new Tool to listen to down the road during Tool’s downtime when we’re all fiending for more. This to me supports the theory that it will be a longer album than just the typical one album release. For example, after a 13 year wait, if we applied Blair’s suggestion to an album like 10,000 days… Read more »

chonus
chonus
Reply to  chonus
1 year ago

Also, Good Friday here we come.

chonus
chonus
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

I can dig Intension and Right in Two being separate songs. Just with the forging a blade in the former and cutting it right in two in the latter it they feel connected.

Stinkfist
Stinkfist
Reply to  chonus
1 year ago

Better chance it’s the fabled “decoy album” than a double album. Let’s not get carried away.

chonus
chonus
Reply to  Stinkfist
1 year ago

Oh I’m getting very carried away

nails
nails
1 year ago

Any idea on how they plan to distribute the new album? I don’t think I have a CD drive anymore to RIP a CD to mp3s..

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  nails
1 year ago

They’re going to have to move with the times and go to streaming. There will be vinyl and CD options but the main source of distribution nowadays is streaming.

Custom11
Custom11
1 year ago

Tour dates are popping up. May 14 Kansas City MO at Sprint Center announced this morning. Ticket on sale 3/15.

sedian
sedian
Reply to  Custom11
1 year ago

Also nes shows as early as May 5th. Does this suggest the new album would be out by then?

TOOL_Rules
TOOL_Rules
Reply to  sedian
1 year ago

I sure hope so, but not holding my breath. Trying to secure a box for the May 13th St. Louis show. Got 20 people committed and what a Monday night party it’s going to be!

stormn12
stormn12
1 year ago

I saw the instagram post from Of the Trees. It was definitely just a random airport encounter. He was geeking out over it.

Side note, Of the Trees is soooo good. Definitely recommend checking out his stuff. Favorite tracks are Our Hero Returns Pt. 3, Harvest, and Everglade March.