Tool prepares new album

It’s been over ten years since Tool released a studio album. Now comes word that the band might be in its finishing stages of a new album and they’re working on the artwork.

The last Tool album was 2006’s10,000 Days.’ The news of a new album came from a somewhat unlikely source – Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. During a recent interview with New Zealand’s The Rock, he was asked what advice he had for Tool so that they could finally finish its new album. Hammett said, “I talk to [Tool guitarist] Adam Jones quite a bit, and the last thing I knew, he was dealing with artwork. If they’re dealing with artwork, it must be close.”

The band has released a few hints along the way that a new album was in the works. Earlier in the month, a photo of Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey alongside producer, Joe Barresi, and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, was shared. Ludwig previously mastered ‘10,000 Days.’ Although there was no confirmation or reference to the picture, it appears that it was taken at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, ME. The appearance of Barresi and Ludwig would indicate the recording had reached the mastering process, which is usually the last step after recording and mixing.

Tool entered the studio in March 2018, to begin recording the disc. Keenan recently said that the band’s fifth full-length album would likely arrive “between mid-May and mid-July.” In support of the new music, Tool will play nearly a dozen U.S. shows in May.

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