Tool Album Behind Schedule

A friend of the band has heard new music and says it "pushes the envelope" - but they're way off the schedule propesed by drummer Danny Carey back in March.

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Tool appear to have completed more than half their new album recordings, but remain behind schedule.

In March, drummer Danny Carey said the band would hit the studio in June or July, and guessed it would be complete within four months. Their last album "10,000 Days" was released in 2006, making this the biggest gap between album releases in their history.

The new album update was posted by their webmaster, who is also a friend of the band a heard the new material while driving with Carey (via Noisecreep):

"I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans [singer] Maynard James Keenan)," he said. "So, what did I think? Dare I say that it sounded like... Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added."

The webmaster can't say for sure how far into the recording they are. "If I had to GUESS, I would say more than half way (and keep in mind that in the past, at least, the writing went faster once the first few more complex songs were finished)."

Back in March, Danny Carey added other details about the new album. He said bassist Justin Chancellor has been particularly prolific, and they're pushing themselves even harder to write to mind-bending time signatures. "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.

Tool will play at Ozzfest Japan alongside Black Sabbath, Deftones, Slipknot, Slash and Stone Sour.

Are you excited about the new Tool album? What's your favourite release of theirs so far? Share your excitement in the comments.

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    Looking forward to this one big time.... Hard to choose a favorite, each album is fantastic in its' own way, but I generally go back and forth between Lateralus and Aenima.
    Tool is like the Pink Floyd of our generation. Everybody likes them, and everybody can find something strange in their music to talk about. Personally, I kinda think that the time Maynard used on his (sub-par compared to Tool and APC) Puscifier side-project could have been better used to create a new Tool album, rather than makes us fans wait even longer. My personal favourite Tool album has to be Lateralus, or 10 000 days. Aenima and Undertow had better songs, but too many fillers to be considered as consistent as the two I mentioned previously. That being said, some of the fillers on Aenima (the cookie recipe German rally) are pretty damn cool.
    Puscifer has actually gotten pretty good. Have you heard Conditions of My Parole? Probably my favorite album of 2011. Although, yeah, I would much rather hear Tool, obviously.
    Maybe they're like Pink Floyd in the respect that both bands are really one of a kind prog bands.
    i don't really like tool /shrug however, i still think that they are good musicians.
    so what if they're "talented musicians" they haven't written a relevant song since 96.
    I do not like tool. Nor do I think a single person in the band is notably talented. Got talked into seeing APC live one time by a friend.... Maynard is hands down, no contest THE most boring frontman in the music industry. As a matter of fact the members of APC are much more talented then tool and it was still the most boring show I've ever seen.
    I've said it before: They're just ****ing with us, it'll be another 6 years!
    Or maybe they want us to wait 10,000 days, that would be one sick and twisted joke.
    Cant wait... but guess I have to As long as its good and not rushed though I honestly dont mind. Im just mindful that this really could be their last album and it would be such a shame if they put out something that falls below their high standards. So take as long as you like guys - us toolaholics will lap it up either way like the hapless lapdogs we unashamedly are...
    They are waiting for the Metalocalypse, so they can stop it by bringing forth an album that cancels out the horror we will face.
    I'd rather they took 6 years or longer than get an album every 2 years that isn't up to par. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
    It's going to be seven years since 10,000 Days was released soon, as well as Undertow's 20th anniversary. And yet their stuff never grows old. It's pretty mind-blowing
    i have no problem waiting a few more months, you know its gonna be worth it. sounds very promising so far.
    To be fair for Tool having half an album recorded after six years is pretty damn good.
    I was disappointed by 10 000 Days. Rosetta Stoned sounds like Third Eye and Right in Two sounds like Forty Six & 2. My favourite album of theirs is Lateralus. I think Puscifer's last album was ****ing amazing, I was blown away by it. It wasn't as jokey as their first album (only 2 funny songs).
    How does Right in Two sound like 46 & 2?
    They both have similar riffs played on the 10th and 12th frets. You can hear it at the crescendo of each songs, they both go down to the D string and play a higher pitch of the riff.
    Couldn't agree more. I love the first batch of songs, but I usually stop listening to the album after "The Pot", with the odd time skipping straight to "Right In Two" as it is admittedly one of my favorites. However, I as well found the album to be disappointing: the second half of the album has far too many familiar sounding riffs, and a lot of unnecessary tracks overall. To me at least, this new album of theirs will define the rest of their career, and as to whether or not Tool still "has it" in them. Don't get me wrong, they are an amazingly talented group of musicians, but they may never again be able to top all of their work up to, and including Lateralus.
    One thing I noticed is that "Viginti Tres" means 23 in Latin. 23 times 2 is 46. Forty-Six and Two. Right in two. Numb3r5. So many numb3r5.
    So pumped! Tool's sound has developed so much over the years, reaching its peak on Lateralus and continuing to be amazing on 10,000 days. I'd love to see this album top Lateralus!
    Let's face it: if you're surprised, you don't understand Tool.
    Actually, I'm going to hope that they aren't halfway done with their new album. Because he said that they were likely over half way done because the one's they showed him were the more complex songs on the record, meaning they're likely to start making ambient filler tracks. If they take more time, their new album might have fewer filler tracks. On 10,000 days, the amount of filler got out of hand.
    My comment would probably be "Breaking news - Tool is taking long to make a new album". Seriously though, "behind schedule" doesn't even begin to describe it.
    Tool are the only band i can think of who havent released a bad album. Hope it stays that way. I feel like Andy Dufrain in Shawshank Redemption, i have music in my mind and im inagining what this will sound like.
    One. I am pretty stoked. I have been patiently waiting for 6 years. I will patiently wait 6 more if its worth it. As for the amount of filler tracks on 10,000 days, Im pretty sure you can put three together and make something awesome out of it. Lost keys blame hoffman is the perfect intro to Rosetta Stoned I feel. I like it. I feel like its a continuation of Faaip De Oiad. Viginti tres is the a song you add to another or some confusing Tool Shit. Regardless, I am excited for more Tool. Cant wait to buy the album. My guess, they spend 4 years on the music, and 3 years on making the cover. Which Tool Album cover isnt awesome since Undertow?
    I gotta say, I'm a much bigger fan of A perfect circle. But god damn am I excited for this. Just lay off the amount of filler though... A bit is a ok but damn not half an album.
    They need to tour UK but we don't want to rush them, take as long as it needs tool, just make sure it's amazing.
    I would say Lateralus is their best album...the song itself is the best TOOL song ever!! I'm sure their next album will be #1 on the billboard 200.
    so i guess the end of the world isn't happening because they aren't releasing the album this year.
    Can't wait. I'll dig any TOOL album, but Lateralus has a special place for me. Pushing the prog edge, while retaining all that special TOOL bite. \m/
    exciting. dude, i wanna go to Japan!
    same here!!! im probably going to thailand this summer if i save up. i have some family there. so this tour in japan better be soon because there goes my life savings -_-
    Tomorrow on UG. 'TooL release new ablum!'
    Is this a really bad joke, or I'm just really stupid?
    I was playing on the whole 'tool always throw their fans with misleading news' thing. I can just imagine them saying it will be ages untill the next album and then releasing it under everyone else' noses
    for anything else other than an album, I wouldn't be surprised for Tool. but to call Tool 'notorious' for taking their bloody time on albums is a drastic understatement.
    Ill wait as long as need be!! Loved Tool since Opiate. Aenima is by far my fav but 10,000 Days was damn close. Lateralus was awesome but a little to prog for my taste but still a great album!
    well I guess in the end they didnt.... *puts on sunglasses* use the right Tools... Yeaaaahhhhh
    ...and in the end, *reads your comment*....wasnt a funny joke to begin withhhh.
    "What!? Tool is behind schedule for finishing their new album? I can't believe this!" said nobody ever.
    love tool but they have only put out 4 albums. That's only 4 more then me, and I haven't put out any.
    Tool easily one of my favourite bands, their music never fails to grab my total attention, it's a really good way to distract yourself some from a shit day you're having or whatever. They seem to get better and better with each release so I'm reaaaally looking forward to this one!
    Don't think it has anything to do with Maynard stomping grapes as he writes the lyrics after the music. For me, Vicarious, Jambi, Wings/10000 Days, The Pot, Rosetta Stoned & Right in two make up for any of the filler tracks. There is more quality music on that album than you could shake a stick at. Can't wait for new album, nobody sounds like Tool
    If Maynard didn't spend so much time stomping grapes this album would be much more ahead.
    Sounds almost like Tool is actually hoping to be called an actual prog band after this album is released (instead of being called "pseudo-prog", as they are justifiably called now). Anyway, this album better be damn good after 6 years.
    Tool is the band which never make weak music. They never come down from certain level. Looking forward to hear their new record.
    I have to believe that it will be more than worth the wait. Tool have never let me down with an album release. As for favorite album, I gotta go with Lateralus. Love all their stuff obviously, but if I had to choose it would be that.
    Tool does use too much filler on their albums although you have to admit some of it fits their sound perfectly. It wouldn't always feel right to use a regular 11 song layout all the time for their material. 6 plus years is a long time to wait for an album. But for a band such as them I give them a pass.