Tool have been forced to postpone writing sessions this month after two unnamed members of the band were seriously injured in separate scooter accidents.
"The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool's next record," said a message on the official Tool website. "For the most part this was due to a 'minor' accident on a Vespa scooter (slick road conditions being the cause) by a certain band member that resulted in several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder.
"Coincidently, a few days prior to the mishap on the scooter, another person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital after crashing his Vespa in Hollywood
Writing sessions for their long-awaited followup to 2006's "10,000 Days" were held up by nine days, though they say the first injured member is "recovering nicely". The news that they are still writing suggests their new album sessions are much further off schedule than expected.
In March last year, drummer Danny Carey said they were preparing to hit the studio in June or July 2011, and the album would be mixed within four months.
The last update was from their webmaster, who said they heard an instrumental version of the album and guessed it was half finished, but couldn't be sure.
The writing sessions this month could mean there is a long wait before the album will be complete, though it could simply be last minute arranging before committing the project to a mix engineer.
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