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10000 Days

10,000 Days (also 10000 Days) is the fourth album released by Tool. Recorded in the last half of 2005, the album was released by the band on May 2nd 2006.

10000 Days reached #1 on the record charts in the USA, Canada, Australia and Norway and #4 in the UK.

Recording of 10000 Days

The album was recorded with Joe Baressi and produced by Tool. The album was recorded at O’Henry Studios in Burbank, California, The Tool Loft and the Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood. The album was then mixed at Bay 7 in North Hollywood

Once complete it was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine.

10000 Days artwork

The album was released on CD with packaging that include built in glasses to be used with the stereoscopic artwork. Images included art by Alex Grey and Meats Meier as well as photographs by Travis Shinn.

The album received the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in recognition of it’s unique cover art.

10000 Days album cover


  1. Vicarious
  2. Jambi
  3. Wings for Marie (Pt 1)
  4. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
  5. The Pot
  6. Lipan Conjuring
  7. Lost Keys (Blame Hoffmann)
  8. Rosetta Stoned
  9. Intension
  10. Right In Two
  11. Viginti Tres

Vicarious was the first track released for 10,000 Days. It also has CGI video directed by Adam Jones, with sections contributed by Alex Grey. Vicarious was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.

Jambi is a recent setlist staple, having been play at most Tool shows since the release of 10,000 Days. It features an extensive talk-box guitar solo.

Wings for Marie (Pt 1) and 10,000 Days (Wings Pt2) form one lengthy song, the lyrical content of which describe Maynard James Keenan’s relationship with his mother, Marie.

The Pot was rumoured to have had a video created for it, but as of August 2015 this has neither appeared nor been confirmed by the band. The Pot was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Hard Rock Performance in 2008.

Lost Keys (Blame Hoffmann) and Rosetta Stoned combine to make a lengthy Tool song, unique mostly for Maynard’s manic vocal style throughout most the track. It tells the tale of a drugged up security guard abducted by aliens.

Intension marks a change in style on the album, a softer track with a reliance on Danny Carey’s electronic drumkit in the final parts of the track.

Right In Two features a long tabla solo in the middle of the recording.

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