Tool Invited Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) To Listen To Some Of Their New Music

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets Of Rage) was invited to listen to some of Tool’s new music. He made the below Instagram post about the tracks, which are still instrumental at the moment. Morello and the members of Tool have a history together, especially Adam Jones who played with him in Electric Sheep, while they were in high school.

This news comes after Danny Carey previously said the new Tool album will be released next year. Despite this, it is worth noting that Maynard James Keenan was a bit cryptic, when a fan asked him about Carey’s statements:

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Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Etc. Set For 2018 Northern Invasion

The lineup has been announced for the 2018 Northern Invasion festival. The event will take place at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI on May 12-13, and it will feature all of the following: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, The Used, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Parkway Drive, Black Stone Cherry, Red Sun Rising, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, 10 Years, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, Dance Gavin Dance, Butcher Babies, Hawthorne Heights, New Years Day, Senses Fail, Stick To Your Guns, Miss May I, Like A Storm, The Fever, I See Stars, Wilson, Mutoid Man, Cane Hill, Black Foxxes, Counterfeit, The Blue Stones, Joyous Wolf, Spirit Animal, Stitched Up Heart, and Big Story.

Danny Carey Says New Tool Album Will Arrive In 2018

According to Tool drummer Danny Carey, the band will finally release their new album in 2018. He was recently interviewed by Loudwire and Metal Sucks about Legend Of The Seagullmen and confirmed the news to both sites.

When Loudwire asked if Tool’s new album will be out next year, he said the following:

“Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing – I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. [What time of year it will be out] I can’t tell you.”

This little exchange happened on the Metal Sucks podcast as well:

“Metal Sucks: My co-host Brandon talked to Justin Chancellor earlier this year. Justin made us feel like Tool would have a new album out in 2018. On a scale of 1-10, how much did Justin lie to us?

Carey: “He did not lie to you. On scale of how much he lied, it would be zero. It’ll be out. It’ll be out in 2018.”

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Etc. Set For 2018 Rock On The Range

The lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Rock On The Range festival. The event will take place at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on May 18-20, and will include the following: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Tech N9ne, Underoath, BABYMETAL, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Greta Van Fleet, Yelawolf, Trivium, Body Count, Quicksand, Red Sun Rising, Baroness, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, 10 Years, Senses Fail, New Years Day, Emmure, Hawthorne Heights, Turnstile, Miss May I, Code Orange, Power Trip, Dance Gavin Dance, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Wilson, From Ashes To New, Black Foxxes, Like A Storm, Shaman’s Harvest, While She Sleeps, The Fever, I See Stars, Mutoid Man, My Ticket Home, Cane Hill, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, Them Evils, Spirit Animal, Like Moths To Flames, and Shim.

Tool Recorded A New Version “Opiate”

Tool have recorded a new version of the title track of their 1992 EP “Opiate.” Guitarist Adam Jones confirmed the news in the below Instagram post, and also revealed that a video was made for it as well.

[via The PRP]

Maynard James Keenan Discusses New Tool Album Delay

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” and discussed the band’s writing process, as well as their new album delay. You can watch the full interview, and read some excerpts below:

Keenan on his bandmates’ process:

“Their writing process is so drawn out. And I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why the delay has been long. Their process is very analytical, and I think, at some point, maybe because so much time has gone by from the last album, there has to be a little bit of fear in here. [You think to yourself] ‘Is this record gonna be as good as the last one?’ The anticipation now is… Now the pressure is huge, so I’m sure there’s some of that [that] goes into play.”

“As far as the way that Danny and Justin and Adam write, it’s a very tedious, long process. And they’re always going back over things and questioning what they did and stepping back and going back farther and going forward and, in a way, they’re laying a foundation, they’re putting in the footings for a house. So I can’t write melodies until the footings are in place. I can’t write words until the melodies are in place.

I can’t build walls and then start decorating this place until the foundation is in place. ‘Cause if they keep changing the foundation, changing the footings, the melodies change, and then the story, of course, isn’t getting written. So that’s where we are. There’s a lot of footings that keep shifting — lots of awesome footings, but they keep changing. And they keep changing their minds. So I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing; it’s just their process.”

He also added:

“When you have a lot of very strong-willed, stubborn, opinionated people that have had success—myself included—when you give somebody some success, they’re pretty convinced they’re right. So it’s hard to talk to me, or it’s hard to talk to them, it’s hard to talk to people that are in that position, because they’ve been successful and so you think that the reason you got there is because of whatever position it is you’re taking today. Which is fine. But our process has evolved over the years, and that stubborn nature, you try [to] take a step back and not take any of these things personally.”

“My desire to move forward—go, go, go—and get things done… I’m always butting heads with the guys in Tool to get those things done, and it’s just not their process. It took a while for me to go, ‘This is not personal. This is just the way that they have to do it, and I have to respect it, and I have to take my time and let them take their time.’ And I just check in. I come and see what’s going on.

‘Hey, Justin, send me the track, see where we’re at. Is this thing done?’ If this thing is done-done-done and I can start writing words and music on it, great. But I’ve had instances where I’ve started to write stuff, and by the time I actually got it around and back and we were actually listening and whatever, the song had gone in a completely different direction, so everything that was written, melody-wise or lyric-wise, was completely irrelevant now, and I have to start over…”

He went on to say that him living in Arizona does not factor into the delay:

“I mean, I can sit there in that room and be with them in that room, but their process is so tedious and so ‘Rain Man’ that I just can’t… I just start fucking folding in on myself. But it’s a great thing. What they’re doing is a wonderful… I completely back what they’re doing. There’s no other way for them to do it. For me, I can move much more quickly if you let me help you.

But I think this is what they need to do, and I’m okay with it. You’ve gotta get a little friction in there, so I had to come in and puff my chest out a little bit and be aggressive and, ‘Let’s move it, guys. Let’s move it.’ And that works for a minute, and we definitely make traction. But if I were to do that every day, it would just become a part of the friction—more friction rather than actually getting anything done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Justin Chancellor On New Tool Album “We’re About 90% There”

Tool are continuing to work on a new album, and now it appears the band are even closer to to completing it. In fact, bassist Justin Chancellor recently told Metal Sucks that the group are “about 90% there.”

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Chancellor said the following:

“It really is an evolving thing. Being out the last couple of weeks on the road and playing together, this year, we’ve really kind of hit a new level I’d say. [We’re] really excited to be around each other and we’re gonna just bang it out when we get back home, we’re ready to go…”

He also added:

“We’re about 90% there, it’s been like a crazy science project—kind of like a petri dish. We’ve just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it’s just been a process… a little different from last time.”

[via The PRP]