Report: Tool Releasing Double Album Called 'Decem' This Fall, It's Over 2.5 Hours Long!

"The mixing process has happened..."

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UPDATE: Maynard has issued a lengthy official statement on this matter, read it in full here.

A new report claims that Tool are gearing up to release a double album called "Decem" this fall, unveiling full track listing with a total length of over 2.5 hours.

The source noted on Reddit: "I think Tool has been leading us on in the press. I absolutely cannot reveal my sources for this. Let's just say that the mixing process has happened."

The individual added, along with the list of songs: "I will try to get any additional piece of information I can to try and add further validity. I'm excited too and I hope this is true. Under no circumstance will I reveal any personal information about the source."

As you can see below, the track listing matches Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne's claim that Adam Jones told him no tune on the album goes below 12 minutes in length.

'Decem' Track Listing

Disc 1:
1. Abscissa (13:47)
2. The Awakening (12:03)
3. Gematria (Act I) (14:33)
4. Regresolution (13:56) 5. Divinotus (12:45) 6. Astral (Act II) (12:21)

Disc 2:
7. Descending (13:53)
8. Decem (12:22)
9. Lesous (Act III) (12:43)
10. Principles of March (12:01) 11. Pascal's Wager (13:46) 12. Zeta (Act IV) (14:27)

In total, the alleged album clocks in at 2 hours, 38 minutes and 37 seconds, which is close to the very limit of how much music two CDs can take (around 2 hours and 40 minutes).

Additionally, the track listing also features "Descending," a song partially performed during the band's recent tour.

The source further noted: "Although I really don't think this is a troll job from my source, there is one thing that makes me suspicious. 'Decem,' if my research is right, means 'ten.' Could that refer to the 10 years between albums? If so, that seems awful meta for Tool."

Stressing that the source of this information is "rock solid," the guy or girl added: "I'm a huge fan of Tool myself and will be disappointed if it's not true. I just wanted to share what could possibly be huge news in the music world."

Stay tuned for updates...

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    Hey, The album is actually called 'The Great Wait'. I can't reveal my sources, but it's coming out next Tuesday. Can I have a news article? Or three?
    More like next Friday since they changed the CD release schedule.
    You're forgetting the Pre-Release... However I just also found out that the album will include Alx Rose on Lead Guitar and Jimi Hendrix on bass. Looking to be an amazing release guys! (I don't see an article, UG must be sleepy)
    News like this is the best Birthday gift I've received so far.
    Don't get too excited. They still have to decide on the album cover art
    So they send Alex Grey a copy of the album and some DMT and let him paint some shit. Shouldn't take *too* long.
    And according to what maynard keeps saying its probably instrumental...
    Reminds of a very funny snippet from an interview: Stupid interviewer: "Have Tool ever thought of doing an instumental album?" Maynard: "Well, if they ever do, I'd kind of, you know, keep me out of it"
    Dude I would've been cool with Adam, Danny and Justin releasing instrumentals every year.
    Like Desert Sessions was: just get them high and put them in a studio for one week every year. It does not even have to be released under the Tool name.
    I hope I'm wrong, but it doesn't seem like the most legit track naming. They released a fake tracklisting for albums before with names that seemed mystic, but were just nonsense in the end. The naming seems a bit prog-rock-opera for Tool..
    Has anyone noticed that the track list sounds like mathematical concepts? Abscissa,Pascal, Gematria, and the last one, Zeta. Which, as a math student I recognize as the Riemann's zeta function, for the Riemann Hypothesis. Problem 8 hints???
    I think this double album will take me 6 months for understanding all the things who compose it . Time signature , different patterns ... 12 minutes per songs ! Maybe also a Mirror Effect between Disc 1 and Disc 2 , I am not good at math and i'm scared but i'm Joyful at the same time
    Not like it's bad but...Why are all the songs purposely at least 12 minutes long. Is it some kind of a code, worth building a whole album upon?
    Assuming this isn't bullshit, it's just prog music. Songs get that long because the band wants to jam out a bunch of ideas. It's not like they had some grand plan, which necessitates songs of a certain length. They just wrote long songs, as they have done many times before.
    Brings more question as to wether or not this is legitimate. If all the songs are roughly 12 minutes long then why use another languages word for 10?
    I don't understand your question. What does the lengths of the songs have to do with a foreign language word for ten?
    After years of rumors, I'm not believing anything till it actually comes from Tool themselves.
    I don't think tool will confirm anything, I think they may just release the album when they want and that's the confirmation.
    Before Lateralus they released a fake tracklist of an album called "Systema Encephale". It had song titles like "Musick", "Numbereft", "Riverchrist" and stuff like that. This is just another trolling attempt, and the fact that the source is Reddit makes it even less believable.
    this is bullshit, it won't be called "Decem" and all of the track titles are wrong. They pulled this before with Lateralus I think, they do that, they make fake announcements in order to avoid people leaking out their music or some shit.
    I dont think Tool had anything to do with this. I think some idiot made it up. Some sad sack who has no life at all
    It's close! There is no way this is the real tracklisting but I believe it's closer than ever now
    people seem to care more about the songs' length rather than their quality, but it's none of my business since i don't like this band and won't bother checking the songs I hope Tool fans enjoy the music anyways
    Third Eye (13:47) is in my top 3 Tool songs and is their second longest song... so, if I have 10 songs like that (that are more of a journey [even if it sounds cheesy] than a song) that would be epic
    Agent 00Awesome
    Reflection and Rosetta Stoned are both in my top 3 and they're over 10 minutes I believe. Tool's long songs have always been paced really well and never seem to drag on.
    Of course I like them, but I would be lying if I said I like those songs more than Parabol/Parabola, Schism, Right in Two, The Pot and Jambi haha I think the shortest song I have from them in my phone is Sober (56) [Apart from Parabol which I always listen with Parabola]
    Agent 00Awesome
    Yeah who am I kidding, I can't name my top 3 haha. But they definitely know how to make long songs interesting.
    Some guy on Reddit said... Don't toy with us, Uncle UG. If this isn't true, you're off my Xmas card list. No more Xmas sweaters either.
    to be honest, I think this is absolute bullshit. The album will probably come next year and will have a complete different playlist
    Never seen an ad for a Tool album. Might see a news item about a fake Maynard accident/death, then an album drops next day, but otherwise no ads. Nor have I seen them on iTunes. Doesn't matter. Anything they release will do just fine.
    Nope. Been conditioned to not trust any Tool related bullshit. I'll believe it when I see it. Otherwise, this is going in the pile of BS Tool news/shenanigans.
    anyone else remember Aldaria? that was the supposed name of of the then-upcoming Tool album, which turned out to be 10,000 days with a completely different track listing. also, wasn't there hints from their webmaster that one song would be over 20 minutes long? which i guess could be the four act piece, but this whole thing seems suspicious.
    This is almost definitely not true. A guy posted on Reddit (fucking REDDIT) saying he can't name his sources but "doesn't think they're wrong", and then lists a bunch of fake Tool-sounding track names that seem quite inspired by the Lateralus theme, plus one real song that they've previewed. Also coincidentally, all the songs hover around 12 minutes or so, just like Buzz said. So while that claim would be accurate, it seems a little too perfectly accurate here. I think this is just a particularly clever troll.
    also, if the track lengths and double album stuff turn out to be true, that's exactly the right thing to do with this album - after 10 years away, they need to do something to make this not just another Tool album, and making it long as fuck like that is a great way to make the album something that will stick with people in the context of their larger catalog, even if people don't end up loving it like their first three or four. It's not just "oh, here's that shitty reunion album", because they're not offering that. Whether or not the new album is any good is a different story, but if this is true we'll know that at least the new album is not treading the same water as before, and that has me excited.
    I call bullshit. While fall is pretty vague if it means the last day of Autumn (that's the latest day it can mean here in the UK) that gives them a lead time of 3 and a half months. As much as anyone wants to believe that this is true a record label, especially in today's market where record sales are so much lower, is not going to risk not advertising an album by now. 3 and a half months of advertising? No way. I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong. But I doubt I'll be wrong in this instance.
    Do you honestly think that a Tool album needs advertising through traditional medias? The best advertisement would be for Tool to release a statement along the following "We're releasing a new album tomorrow. See you in 10 years"
    How'd your theory work for the new radiohead album there bud
    Radiohead is not Tool and Radiohead will never be Tool.
    holy fuck elitist much
    I guess if thinking the majority of music Tool puts out is better than the majority of Radiohead's music makes me elitist, then yes, yes I am. But we both know having a musical preference doesn't make anyone an elitist, now does it?
    It can if you are an asshole about it. You don't have to like Radiohead's music, but technically they've actually been even more innovative and displayed more versatility than Tool.
    This. Tool are pretentious and cringeworth at ttime, Radiohead are all the time. Juat about one of the biggest wastes of talent ever. After the landmark "Ok Computer", they either had too much money, and didn't need success, or started upping their meds/drug intake, and just spiralled out of control. Kid A is intriguing, Amnesiac mostly a mess, and Hail to the Thief just pulling teeth. In Rainbows will put you to sleep.
    All their best work was from Kid A onwards, kid.
    Incorrect. OK Computer was objectively their best work, followed by the magnificent, but flawed Kid A. Everything after is noise.
    First official announcement I remember reading about 10,000 Days was less than a month before release. I even remember being quite shocked by it. I'd been following tool for years and hadn't seen anything beyond their typical "new album coming. Eventually. Whatever" routine. Then I saw a banner ad for 10,000 days at the top of this very site and, glancing at it, I was like, "sweet! New tool album coming in... holy shit like a week!"
    You must not of been paying attention. It was ongoing for like a solid year of hype
    I feel like I was listening to The Pot for MONTHS before the album came out, and that's not including all the attention before any songs were released/leaked!
    Fake as fuck The source being reddit and the guy saying "I can't reveal my sources" should be enough to give it away
    to be honest, I think this is absolute bullshit. The album will probably come next year and will have a complete different playlist.
    They can't finish an album, so they decided not to finish writing december for the title, the month it would come out in due to delays, missing its fall release. I'm just gonna pretend I didn't hear this rumor and I'll buy the new album when and if I can click preorder on amazon.
    It would be better if they saved some of that material for multiple albums so we don't have to wait 10+ years for another one
    UG needs to learn how to be something of a real journalist site and not post BULLSHIT like this. The tracklist alone is obviously fake
    Fuck Tool, theyre over rated garbage
    Overrated garbage? Says the guy with metallica next to his name? Thats classic. I remember when I was 15 and had my first beer... Played all the metallica songs on my guitar... When I was 15... Im 28 and still havent been able to figure out the complexities of Tools music. Oh and their singer can actually sing and he doesnt write cheesy middle school lyric. Metallica is gateway metal just like pot is a gateway drug. Bigger and better things await, if your willing to take the journey.
    Lmao and this is why most people don't like Tool fans because some are a bunch pretentious pseudo-intellectual, easily butthurt people like you. My favorite thing about your fanbase is that you are so easily impressed that incorporating Fibonacci numbers into a composition just blows your fucking minds. You're like the anime or videogame fans who think some references to some classic literature in their show or game qualifies as some kind of philosophical sophisticated commentary LOL
    I dunno, I'm more inclined to let the troll have his Tool opinion. What concerns me more is the "mature" asswad replying to him bashing Metallica. But hey, it's okay, you're not even 30 yet and have life all figured out alreadg (except how to play Tool songs, apparently).
    I usually find it hard to listen to a song that is over 10 minutes. How will i do ?!
    you'll put down your phone and develop an attention span, I guess.
    Ditch that Pokémon bullsh*t
    nice profile pic
    Do you like Maynard James Kennan? I've been a big Tool fan ever since the release of their 2006 album, 10,000 Days. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on 10,000 Days where Maynard Kennan's presence became more apparent. I think Wings Part 2 was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Carey, Chancellor, and Jones. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to The Pot. In this song, Maynard Kennan addresses the problems of abusive political authority. Vicarious is the most moving prog song of the 2000's, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Maynard Keenan's solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like 3 Libras and Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Maynard Keenan works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Schism, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
    this is the most perfect American Psycho based comment that could be posted on this sight. Beautiful, +1!
    Easily the greatest comment in the history of Ultimate Guitar. You deserve a page in history.
    I fucking love you, dude.
    Hudsonstradlin: Top comment... whaddya think? That's gold. And the content is something called "truth". Tim_Rock: That's very nice, hudson, but check this out. Emoji face with it's tongue sticking out. +29 Rufizonfire: Wow, that is something. How did a nitwit like you get so tasteful *laughs* Hudsonstradlin: *I can't believe Rufizonfire preferred Tim Rock's comment to mine* ..... Let's see Maiden95's comment.. *An American Psycho quote. It paraphrases to fit Tool references. Oh my God... it's even got 40 pluses.....* ImmortanJoe: Hudson.. are you okay? You're sweating.. Just messing around. I love you guys too. Thanks for making my day.
    I'm just sitting here wondering if you Googled that bit or if you know it by heart. If it's the latter, I fear what you are.
    Brandon1993 I listen to songs in the 10-20 minute length on a regular basis and sometimes in the 30 minute to 1 hour+ area too.
    Definitely not. Downvote away, but screenshot my comment so you remember I was right. It takes Tool like 4 years to write a song, there's no way they are releasing a double album of new material. Maybe a 2nd disc of covers or live material, but definitely not original studio tracks. I am so sure of this, I'll take wagers on it.
    I also believe this is bullshit, but for entirely different reasons. It does not take them that long to write music. They take forever between albums because of all the other non-Tool shit that every member of the band does. They'll go months if not years without even seeing each other. Once they're actually in the studio writing, it comes along much faster than that. They could easily have a double (or even triple or quadruple) album worth of new material. Wouldn't even be all that surprising.
    I heard its a hip hop record. 10 minutes of white noise on one of the tracks and that's every fanboys favorite! "It's so deep!" *HONK*