Tool were recently interviewed for a lengthy 20-page cover story in the new issue of Revolver and talked a bit about the themes behind their new album “Fear Inoculum” (out August 30). According to the band, the effort essentially deals with aging and the wisdom that comes with it.
Adam Jones said the following:
“That has to do with getting older, too. Things like, ‘I’m gonna wear socks with sandals. I don’t give a fuck what people think. I’m just gonna be comfortable.’ [Laughs] So it’s about the little things in life. It’s making those choices that are important to you and moving on and growing.
There’s a little bit of Frank Herbert‘s ‘Dune‘ in that, so I’m into it. I’m so excited for this new record. The songs are very long, but they’re like movements. It’s like two or three songs in one, but they relate. They flow. So I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But I’m ecstatic.”
Danny Carey made similar comments:
“Well, I Suppose the main overview of it is getting older and more comfortable with yourself. That seems to be the result. I mean it’s called ‘Fear Inoculum‘, so it’s kind of like being able to choose your fears and making them work for you rather than actually living in fear.
You grow through that, and as you get older you kinda don’t give a shit. I mean, I’m not afraid of anything — or what people would think of my playing. It’s kind of an evolution in that way, getting through and getting over criticisms and our fears of various kinds, I suppose.”
Maynard James Keenan also added:
“I can give you some broad strokes, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for you. I feel like that’s always an individual’s right to process things in the way they wanna process them, and I wouldn’t want to take that from you.
But I can give you pieces. Again, it goes back to experience: I feel like this is [about] wisdom through age, through experience.
Hopefully through aging you do find wisdom in some of the things you’ve encountered. Learning from your mistakes, learning from your successes.
So if anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we’ve come from and some of the things we’ve grown through.”
He later continued:
“There’s gonna be a lot of people who might not get this album because it does take engagement. if you don’t have the patience for that, you’re probably not gonna get this album.”
It’s worth noting that Jones previously said that the number seven also plays a significant role in the album’s concept.