The next Tool album has famously been on its way for a long time now — 10,000 Days, their most recent album, came out in 2006 — and now, it finally looks like it might actually come pretty soon. A couple months ago, Danny Carey, the band’s drummer, said that the album will be out in 2018, and in January, guitarist Adam Jones wrote of the album, “Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard.”
All of this hope might not be so false, as Jones said in another album update. Sebastian Bach posted a photo on Instagram over the weekend of him and most of Tool, and he had good things to say about the songs in progress that he got to hear:
“This is not just your average simple rock and roll music. This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a TOOL. Some tunes were so pummeling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! In fact, they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long!”
Jones reposted the photo and revealed that the band will begin recording the album in March: “Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in March. Still instrumentals with Mjk in town working on killer lyrics. Exciting!”
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan also shared an update over the weekend that backs up Jones’ sentiment that the album is nearly finished, writing on Twitter:
“Started getting music files from the boys with the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging. That in theory means the tracks won’t change out from under me while I’m trying to write stories and melodies to them. In theory. Still waiting for the FINAL on one, but way ahead. Words and melodies 100% DONE on all but one. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer.”
Check out the updates above, and read our look at Keenan, rock’s most perplexing frontman, here.