Tool fans are used to waiting up to five years for a new album, but it's been six years since 2006's "10,000 Days" - and we're all getting quite impatient.
Now drummer Danny Carey has revealed their plans to finally enter the studio in June, meaning it could be released inside 2012.
"I'm hoping we'll get in the studio by June or July and start tracking. That's the plan anyway," he said in a special feature for his drum sponsor Vic Firth, which you can see below.
How long will it take once they hit the studio? "The tracking part I'd say [takes] two to three months then probably a month to mix and master and that's it."
Carey went on to explain the creative process behind their weird and wonderful music.
"We all just get in there and grind em out, you know? Sometimes if I come up with a beat the guys will come up with a riff to that.
"Justin Chancellor, [our] bassist, has really been prolific on this record. He's been coming in with tons of riffs. I usually try to find something to complement it rather than play what he's playing."
Tool are famous for their mind-bending time signatures, and even Carey admits that it can be hard to work with.
"It's kind of confusing sometimes, especially with some the riffs those guys come up with too - like in 13 or 21 or whatever, we have one in 17 that we're doing now," he said.
Watch the series of interviews with Danny Carey here: