Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan finally addressed the band's new material, revealing that although such tracks exist, he isn't impressed with what he heard so far.
While chatting with wtf Podcast, Maynard stressed that without the proper instrumental parts laid down, he cannot proceed to writing lyrics.
"I'm gonna stop by the rehearsal space today, in theory, having beaten them up going 'Please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music,'" he said when asked about the future of Tool. "In theory, they have a CD for me today, to listen to some jams, so we can get this thing going."
The interviewer followed up by asking Keenan on whether he's got any lyrics written. "Not 'till I hear the sounds," the singer replied. "I've gotta hear the sounds, and I can't write words until I hear the sounds - and I haven't heard the sounds," he explained.
According to the latest reports, new Tool album should see its release in early 2014. But with an ongoing series of contradicting statements from Maynard and the rest of the four-piece continuously circulating the web, little is certain at this point.
"We could have the record finished by the end of the year - that's a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we'll be able to get it out before Christmas," drummer Danny Carrey told Loudwire. "We'll see how it goes. Most likely, it'll be early 2014."
As the latest Tool release, "10,000 Days" dropped in May 2006, claiming No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with 564,000 copies sold in the US during the first week.