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
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bob

impressive…..most impressive 😉

Bagochodes
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Bagochodes

Easter wabbit down the road.

cultiv8420
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cultiv8420

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.

lumps
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lumps

This is awesome! One step closer!

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

bent eye
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bent eye

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

Coochiemudlo
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Coochiemudlo

Single within the month???

DRURY
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DRURY

No.

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

tOOLNZ
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tOOLNZ

Anyone know if Maynard is with them?

bent eye
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bent eye

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

bloo-mune
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bloo-mune

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
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bent eye

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

robot700
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Vicarious was released on april 17, 2006 – On maynards birthday…

10,000 Days was released on may 2, 2006

faaip de oiad
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faaip de oiad

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

chonus
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chonus

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
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bent eye

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

nails
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nails

I have been thinking the same thing for years..

children
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children

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
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chonus

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
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chonus

Also, Good Friday here we come.

Stinkfist
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Stinkfist

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

chonus
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chonus

Oh I’m getting very carried away

nails
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nails

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
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bent eye

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
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Custom11

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

sedian
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sedian

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

TOOL_Rules
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TOOL_Rules

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
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stormn12

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.