Legendary American rock outfit Tool have finally announced that a new album has finished recording.
After forming in 1990, Tool continuously delivered a range of unique and tantalising projects, securing themselves a legacy like no other in the realm of rock and metal. It all started with their debut studio-album Undertow in 1993; the record has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and features the group’s early heavy metal sound.
Tool have shown progression throughout their career, and albums Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006) have proved the band’s passion for variation and experimentation, the latter being the main source of the band’s following. They have never been afraid of working with new ideas and styles. They have long favoured incorporating visual-arts into their work, and many consider Tool to transcend the medium of music, striving to bring their audience a more diverse experience.
TOOL at OPEN AIR FESTIVAL on MAY 19 pic.twitter.com/7db5kLyN7u— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) January 4, 2019
It has been over a decade since we’ve had a Tool record, but now fans are delighted to hear that a mysterious fifth album has finally been recorded. This really is huge news, as the band have been teasing a forthcoming project since 2017, while spicing things up a little back in April with new song “Descending”. The news has now been broken, with vocalist Maynard James Keenan taking to Twitter to share revelatory details:
Update- Final vocals tracked MONTHS ago. Then U.S.-UK-Euro run w #APC. If Tool all inst are tracked, long process of Mixing now. Meanwhile write/film/track w @puscifer for #puscifer2020 & troll the band FBs with wine posts. #funnyshit #whileyouwerewhiningiwasworking— Maynard J Keenan (@mjkeenan) January 4, 2019
The band are due to embark on a 2019 European Tour in June, which will also see them triumphantly return to Download Festival for a closing Sunday headline-slot. Fans can expect to hear some new material at these shows, as well as classics from their back-catalogue. Although Keenan has stated there is still much work to be done, this is the news that Tool fans have been dreaming of for some time.
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