More updates leading into Rockville

A few other interesting tidbits of information come out overnight, mostly related to the Welcome to Rockville Tool show coming this Sunday.

A note regarding spoilers: I know some of you Fourtheye readers are keen to avoid spoilers, and I’m also keen to protect you, but the reality is that this is a news site. While I’m going to keep spoiler information out of the titles of posts here, if you delve past the first paragraph you may not like what you read.

First up is a shot of the merch booth, which contains a new tour shirt with are created who Adi Granov. It’s a cool looking shirt – some are quick to assume this is some kind of album cover, but I’m not sure this is the case. I suspect posters featuring this art will be available as well, but that didn’t appear to be the case at the festival merch booth (yet)

Adam also shared via Instagram some new additions to his Silverburst collection:

Everyone love a new axe, but possibly the most interesting part of this is the range of tunings we have going on here. We know the band us Drop D extensively, delving into C for song such as The Pot and Parabola. But the fact that we have a wide range of tuning presumably heading out on tour, suggests a couple of possibilities.

Will they play the aforementioned songs? That’d be nice, but probably not what many of us are especially excited about.

More likely that new music using some different tuning could be played. There has been a rumour floating around that suggests that many of the songs on the new album are tuned down so that they suit Maynard’s voice a little better. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

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gtprina
gtprina
1 year ago

I really like that art work

limeygringo
limeygringo
1 year ago

Really digging the new art. Probably not album related, yet surprisingly refreshing none the less.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
1 year ago

It will be Ten Thousand Days since the release of Opiate on Saturday, July 27, 2019 … just sayin

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

I’m loving Granov’s Tool artwork and really hope some of his work makes it into the album artwork. As for tuning, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the new material is down. Maynard’s voice surely has changed in 12 years. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

T
T
1 year ago

Soooo…

Any chance of the image above being the front view if the “being” on the Salival cover?

nails
nails
1 year ago

The eye in the neck seems to be a theme. The animation on toolband has something that looks like an eye on the neck also.

raiderII
raiderII
1 year ago

I hope it has nothing do to with the artwork for new album. Looks so cheesey.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  raiderII
1 year ago

Yeah, if this turned out to be the art for the album cover I’d be very disappointed.

sularetal
sularetal
1 year ago

This just doesn’t feel like TOOL artwork to me, reminds me of something from game of thrones or Indiana Jones & the temple of doom. Alex Grey is the fifth member of TOOL and I hope he represents accordingly.

Beyond that, merry TOOLsmas eve, all … after 13 years, we finally get new music tomorrow, in some for!!

raiderII
raiderII
Reply to  sularetal
1 year ago

It won’t surprise me if we don’t get any new tracks tomorrow. Maybe just a bit updated version of Descending. Everything I hoped for (new single, new albums details, etc.) did not come, so I am giving up.

elusivEuphoria
elusivEuphoria
1 year ago

IIRC parabol/a is in drop BE

Captain Fever
Captain Fever
Reply to  elusivEuphoria
1 year ago

Yep and Prison Sex is drop B. Everything else is drop D.

Not 100% sure on some tracks off Salival.

Nytz
Nytz
1 year ago

The pictures added on spotify is no gone

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

So they’ve played the full version of Descending and another new song at Rockville.

https://twitter.com/ToolPusciferAPC/with_replies

skute
skute
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

Holy fucking shit. Its happening

Maynerd
Maynerd
1 year ago

1. Ænima
2. The Pot
3. Parabola
4. Descending FULL SONG w/vocals
5. Schism
6. NEW SONG w/ new visuals
7. Jambi
8. 46 & 2
9. Sweat
10. Stinkfist

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

Already on youtube for those who want to risk it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hjZHGk2G-g

Maynerd
Maynerd
1 year ago

2nd new song is apparently titled ‘Invincible’.
Setlists.com…
Invincible
(New song, name seen on setlist)

Maynerd
Maynerd
1 year ago
bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

The sound quality of the Invincible video is awful. Hopefully a better one surfaces. Descending isn’t too bad.

MegaGil08
MegaGil08
1 year ago

Best recording of Descending I can find (despite the people talking):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyUgw8ji74w

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  MegaGil08
1 year ago

Yeah that one is heaps punchier.
They had a really good mix. Guitar sounds huge.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  MegaGil08
1 year ago

Yeah, this video is the best of the Descending bunch so far.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

It won’t get much better than that.
That’s an ideal position sound wise.
Only improvement would be someone standing not far, but out of range of people making noise.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

For a youtube video the current one is decent. I don’t think we’ll get a better one, unless ToolArchive can unearth something.

This will do for now. You can make out the song and it sounds huge. Hopefully, the same person uploads a decent Invincible video.

Maynerd
Maynerd
1 year ago

Best version of ‘Invincible’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2k-Kh8L_Yc

Maynerd
Maynerd
1 year ago

Holy shit Invincible is awesome Tool.
That’s like an instant classic.
Very surprised.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

I’m with you. Invincible is fantastic. It runs rings around Descending. When it changes at the 6:44 minute mark, holy shit!

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

9:25… is super satisfying beat. Very Jambi solo-esque

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

Very Jambi-esque. That guitar just chugs. Love it.

MegaGil08
MegaGil08
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

Yeah I strongly like this one. The sound, approach, and the colors in the visuals are fantastic.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  MegaGil08
1 year ago

My anticipation for the new album, as high as it already is has just skyrocketed.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  bent eye
1 year ago

Tis’ gonna be so good to hear the guitar and vocal layering on that song on the album.

faaip de oiad
faaip de oiad
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

Yeah it’s far more interesting than Descending (sounds like a reinterpretation of lateralus and the grudge stuck together). Still it’s quite hard to make it what’s really going on. I’m not sold on Maymays singing as yet.

faaip de oiad
faaip de oiad
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

Yeah totally. Very much looking forward to studio recording. I feel like we are missing out on so much with these recordings. Hopefully we will get a date soon to look forward to. My curiosity has been somewhat satiated for now. Just need to hold out for the real thing.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  faaip de oiad
1 year ago

Only part that sounds weird to me is the ‘bass solo’ at the 7minute area…
That sounds really wrong for the section.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  faaip de oiad
1 year ago

No hating Descending, it’s just that we’ve heard that snippet they’ve been playing for 4 years over and over. Invincible is completely fresh and it sounds awesome so far. I can’t wait for the studio versions of both songs.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

Definitely. Parts of Invincible have been heard before but not as much as Descending. I’m really liking hearing all of these little bits and pieces finally put into one song.

joey joe joe shabadoo
joey joe joe shabadoo
1 year ago

Enjoy this while it lasts.

faaip de oiad
faaip de oiad
1 year ago

So Maymay was dressed as a Roman soldier.

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
Reply to  faaip de oiad
1 year ago

I’ve seen people talking about that, but some better footage just shows him with his usual festival outfit : the fake mohwak, jeans and tee. Dunno, it may or may not be a theme, we’ll have to wait.

faaip de oiad
faaip de oiad
Reply to  Bagochodes
1 year ago

Yeah, hard to see. Some talk of a Roman theme with the album. There are some connections.

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
1 year ago

The songs sound oddly unfinished to be honest. It might be that they’re jamming and testing the waters, but some sections seemed naked, like MJK was supposed to have some parts that he didn’t play ; they kind of feel like Triad but some vocals peppered here and there.

bent eye
bent eye
Reply to  hellboy1975
1 year ago

For live debuts, they sound pretty good, but I’m sure they’ll be refined somewhat over the coming gigs.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Bagochodes
1 year ago

Descending doesn’t really do much for me.
Just feels like a single kind of ‘idea’ drawn out way longer than it ever should have been.
The vocals for that do feel kind of aimless and just trying to fill spaces.
Not sure why they felt it needed to be that long of a song.
The lead guitar part that comes in at 9:52 feels way overdue.

Bagochodes
Bagochodes
Reply to  Maynerd
1 year ago

I tend to agree with your sentiment unfortunately, but considering the circumstances, this being their first live, me not being there and the quality of the recordings, it would be unfair to be too critical.

MegaGil08
MegaGil08
1 year ago

Have they used Aenima as a set opener before?

joey joe joe shabadoo
joey joe joe shabadoo
1 year ago

Anyone able to make out any lyrics?

ericcoleman
ericcoleman
1 year ago

I was them in Hawaii in 2011, they opened up with aenima. I missed that song because the line to get into the arena took forever.

junior
junior
Reply to  ericcoleman
1 year ago

Yeah, I thought it had happened before, though rare.

cubanpete
cubanpete
1 year ago

Great day!

DC goes absolutely sick in those final two minutes of Decending!

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

Here’s a better video of Invincible. Audio is a lot clearer. Nothing to see stage wise as its filmed from way back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s5J3HzZUlw

bent eye
bent eye
1 year ago

Video of Descending. Same source.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xsoASQ2vPs

tOOLNZ
tOOLNZ
1 year ago

What a day to be alive!!! I’ve made it. 😗 shit the bed!!!

casusinflamed
casusinflamed
1 year ago

call me underwhelmed but i’m sure these songs will sound better on the cd. Too many one note riff sections that feel like filler. Maybe edit 10 minutes down to 6 to make a better song.

Captain Fever
Captain Fever
Reply to  casusinflamed
1 year ago

Seems to be lots of comments around on various forums about punters not being overly impressed and the feeling that they didn’t try very hard with those songs. There’s also some suggestions that these are just jams that might not make the album?

Personally, I was stoked to hear anything new from them. But I am inclined to agree that a lot of it does sound like “one note riff sections that feel like filler”.

Whisp
Whisp
Reply to  Captain Fever
1 year ago

I agree with the both of you, and while I think the album will give them justice… I also had a low chance theory that those songs, specifically ‘Invincible’ may be a mash up of more than one song from the new album. While they have had start-stop moments in songs before (Rosetta Stoned), this seemed a little less fluid for them, unless that’s because it’s their first public live show playing it…

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
1 year ago

I wish Tool knew how much better their past albums sound when I (we?) know new music is imminent. It really seems to sound better. I know it’s psychological. It feels so great though.