New Tool album now scheduled for May-July

Maynard has this morning posted a more detailed update for us in Twitter, outlining some of the reasons why, and a ballpark release window for the new Tool album launch: The most interesting point this raises for me is that what will happen on the coming US and European shows? Will we see new material? Will they just be greatest hits shows in the same mold as the last few… Read More »New Tool album now scheduled for May-July
Maynard Release Date “Hints” on Twitter

Maynard Release Date “Hints” on Twitter

Maynard said a few things on Twitter these last couple of days, that suggest the new Tool album won’t be released in April. Given that Tool drummer Danny Careymentioned at a Baked Potato show recently they were aimed for a release in April or May, this doesn’t really change much in my opinion. My thoughts regarding an April release date was that it was never going to be mid-April, and… Read More »Maynard Release Date “Hints” on Twitter
Tool January 2019 Newsletter

Tool January 2019 Newsletter

Some were expecting the latest Tool newsletter from Blair would contain an announcement, and while technically it did, it probably wasn’t the one they are expecting! As has been reported before (I think), Danny has been working on a new book, and it will be out “soon”: I am excited to announce that Danny’s new book Remember the Future is finally at the printers.  Over three years in the making, the coffee… Read More »Tool January 2019 Newsletter
Danny says mid-April is the plan

Danny says mid-April is the plan for new Tool album release

Danny Carey appeared at NAMM just recently, and to Tool fan Dirk Doucette mentioned that in regards to the new Tool album “it’s going to be out mid-April. That’s the plan anyway“. Now Danny is notorious for being optimistic with album release dates, so take this news with a dose of skepticism, but I believe this time around we’re very much on the home stretch, and mid-April – perhaps the… Read More »Danny says mid-April is the plan for new Tool album release

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Just before Xmas I watched on Netflix Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, which had come to my attention because it features Tool‘s own Adam Jones.  It’s a fascinating documentary, or a quite intriguing artist who has made quite an impact on Adam, who is as most of you should know a reasonably accomplished sculptor himself. Here’s the trailer: Polish sculpture not your thing? Perhaps you’d be interested in… Read More »Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski
Maynard confirms vocals and slow death

Maynard confirms vocals and slow death

Those of you who read the recent Tool newsletter might have realised I’ve been away for the last week in Tasmania at a caving conference. It was great! What was also great was a few tweets from Maynard, the most interesting of which confirms that his vocals have been recorded Someone also asked if we should expect a surprise release: I don’t think anyone should really be surprised with that… Read More »Maynard confirms vocals and slow death
Tool Newsletter December 2018

Tool Newsletter December 2018

The Tool December 2018 Newsletter is out, and since it’s mostly about me (of all people) I can assure you all there there is no actual Tool news contained within. BMB:  How do you get your Tool-related news? How regularly do you check other sites? Do you have sources with other sites that give you a heads up as well as friends close to a band member that give you… Read More »Tool Newsletter December 2018
Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

I hope you enjoyed the list of our readers best albums for 2018, but before I head off to Tasmania for a little while, here’s my Top 10! Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology When a metal band writes a bunch of songs about slugs, you expect it to be a parody album, with little substance. In the case of this album, it contains some of the most brutal riffs to see… Read More »Hellboy’s Top 10 Albums of 2018
Fourtheye Readers Top 12 Albums of 2018

Fourtheye Readers Top 12 Albums of 2018

I find the end of year best album lists quite interesting, as it quite often gives a good insight into music I haven’t heard before, and a general feel for what is considered “good” music. This year we had a bunch of votes from our Fourtheye readers, in order to establish what was “good” for 2018. No doubt some of you will think this is a great list, while others… Read More »Fourtheye Readers Top 12 Albums of 2018
Tool November 2018 Newsletter

Tool November 2018 Newsletter

Blair‘s Tool Newsletter for November 2018 is out now.  It highlights a recent visit to LA following the Malibu fires, where Blair catches up with Danny Carey and a few other regulars from the Tool family.  The good news is that Blair managed to hear at least part of the new album, though keeps it spoiler free: While walking to his car (parked on yet another deficient alley), Danny emerged… Read More »Tool November 2018 Newsletter