Another update on the new Tool album. Drummer Danny Carey has become the latest band member to confirm a new album. After the band’s bassist, Justin Chancellor, recently confirmed that a new Tool album was “in the oven” and was “going to be awesome,” Danny Carey has confirmed that a new album is “coming sometime soon.”
Fans have waited for a new Tool album for more than 10 years now. Since the release of 2006’s critically acclaimed 10,000 Days, the band that rocked the progressive metal scene of the ’90s has been relatively quiet. The band members, one would think, had almost retired, with their families, kids, and the wine-making. But rumors of a new Tool album started flowing around earlier this year. A new double album was said to be in the making, with a release date set for the fall of this year. Although Maynard initially refuted these claims, calling it “dumb,” bassist Justin Chancellor later confirmed these rumors saying that a new Tool album was in fact in the making. And now drummer Danny Carey has followed Justin’s lead, confirming the new album during his first TV appearance in the show Late Night with Seth Meyers. Danny played with the show’s band and at one point host Seth Meyers spoke of a new tool album “coming sometime soon.”
Bassist Justin Chancellor had appeared in an interview with Top Guitar a few weeks ago where he had said, “Just trust me that it’s going to be awesome. It’s in the oven. It’s cooking, it’s cooking,” when asked about the new Tool album. With the recent confirmation from Danny, all band members except Maynard have now confirmed the new album.
Rumors of a new Tool double album have been circulating around ever since a fan posted on Reddit in July, claiming that Tool would be releasing a new 2.5-hour double album titled Decem this fall, before embarking on a big national tour. The fan even posted the track list of the new album, which included “Descending,” a song partially performed during one of the band’s recent tours.
It has been 10 years since the release of Tool’s latest album 10,000 Days. Tool fans have been desperately awaiting a fifth album ever since. Therefore, it was only natural for Tool fans, even the most cynical ones, to get excited as the rumors of a new double album appeared last week. But frontman Maynard James Keenen had shrewdly laid these rumors to rest with the following tweet.
But despite Maynard’s tweet, some fans still seemed very optimistic. They pointed out how Tool liked to mess around with the fans regarding the release of an album. And indeed, the band has done that in the past, one example being that time they posted fake track listings before the release of Lateralus in 2001. Recent revelations from Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey will, however, make a lot of fans very happy.
It had widely been speculated that the delay in the release of Tool’s fifth album was the result of frontman Maynard James Keenan’s frustration and indifference with the band’s followers. But in 2014, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Danny Carey and Adam Jones revealed that the actual cause of the delay was family commitments and an ongoing lawsuit.
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 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.
Whether or not Tool releases a new album sometime this fall, some fans will still get to see them live come October. Tool will be headlining the 2016 Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on October 22.
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