The rumor of the release of a new Tool album this Fall seems to have reached the band's lead vocalist and frontman Maynard James Keenan. Maynard responded to the rumors with one word via his Twitter account, Metal Injection reports.
"Although I really don't think this is a troll job from my source there is one thing that makes me suspicious. 'Decem,' if my research is right, means 'ten.' Could that refer to the ten years between albums? If so, that seems awful meta for Tool."
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And despite a shrewd confirmation from Maynard James Keenan that the band wouldn't release a new album anytime soon, some fans still seem very optimistic. They point out how Tool likes to mess around with the fans regarding the release of an album. And indeed, the band has done this in the past, one example being that time they posted fake track-listings before the release of Lateralus in 2001.
The most recent report on the highly-anticipated album came in April from one of the moderators of Tool's official web site. After vising one of the band's rehearsals, he gave updates on the new album, according to Blabbermouth.
"At this stage of the writing/arranging process... there are only a couple of 'shorter' songs left to complete (?), along with a segue or two or three. Of course, we need to keep in mind any changes that might be needed to accommodate the vocals, etc., once all of the arrangements are finished."
After the lawsuit was settled in favor of the band in 2015, Jones revealed that the band was now turning their focus to recording a new album, adding that he hoped it would will be released by the end of 2015. Well, it's past mid-2016 now, and Tool fans across the globe are hoping that the rumors of the double album are actually true.
Tool, formed in 1990, is one of the most successful and influential progressive rock bands of the last 25 years. The lineup has consisted of drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, vocalist Maynard James Keenan and bassist Justin Chancellor since 1995, when Chancellor replaced original bassist Paul D'Amour. The band is revered by fans worldwide for their experiment with music, hypnotic lyrics, unusual time signatures and the incorporation of amazing visual arts in their music videos and live performances. The three-time Grammy Award winners have been an inspiration to almost every major rock band since the 90s.
Whether or not Tool releases a new album this fall, some fans will get to see them live come October. Tool will be headlining the 2016 Aftershock festival in Sacramento on October 22.
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