Tool Album 'Getting Very Hard'

Guitarist Adam Jones says they've changed as people, and "two really bad things" have set back progress on their new record - but they're slowly pushing forward.

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Tool guitarist Adam Jones has hinted at the struggle that making their new album has been.

Their last album "10,000 Days" was released in 2006, making the current seven-year gap between LP releases the longest of their career.

Adam says their success means the freedom of their lifestyles affects the pace of recording. "It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate," he told Revolver, adding that they've changed as a band - and perhaps as people.

"We've become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done is very hard. There are a lot of other interests," he says. "We had two really bad things happen, things that I'm not going to get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. Were past them now everybody's recovered and that process has actually added to us focusing on being creative. Maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason."

Tool have also faced physical issues. Their drummer Danny Carey broke four ribs when he fell off a scooter in January, putting their album even further behind schedule.

Fans will be concerned that Tool are struggling to function as a band because of their distance and the time between albums, but Adam is optimistic that the final product will be worth the wait.

"When it's done it's going to be good. And that's the point we're not going to put out something that sucks just to put it out," he said.

Meanwhile, Tool will celebrate the anniversary of their debut album "Opiate" with a limited edition 5,000 copy re-release.

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    Didn't you post this same article last week UG?
    Yes they did. But don't you think it's exciting to hear the same news not once, but TWICE!! It's awesome...
    To be fair, they're not really trying to hide it even, as only an inch below the exact same quote in this article, it says: More Tool news: + Tool: 'We're Not Gonna Put Out Something That Sucks Just To Put It Out'03/14/2013
    For a band that supposedly has no new material coming out anytime soon, they sure talk a lot about making albums.
    Hurry up already! Having to wait and wait and wait makes me a sad panda
    News about new Tool album -> Nothing new.
    Yeah but this wouldn't qualify as news if the exact same thing has been reported previously in a past article. So nothing new = nothing new.
    Classic UG news article: Take the exact same information used in an article from last week and reword it into something "new," usually with some dramatic paraphrasing or title so people dont realize its the same thing. On another note, new Tool could not be more anticipated right now
    I have a sneaking suspicion that the album is done. All that is missing is the vocals
    matteo cubano
    "We've become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done is very hard. There are a lot of other interests" translation: we've been doing some trippy drugs
    For some reason, I only read into this that it's all Maynard's fault, but the rest of the guys are far too classy to point the finger.
    Well, I can fully understand how emotionally disorienting a scooter crash can be on a healthy man's life, so they should deserve another 5 years to write this album....
    Don't forget the extra 5 years in memory of the beloved scooter!
    Expect Maynard to write a two-part twenty minute epic as a requiem for said scooter. ...ok, that was a bit below the belt. That said, a twenty minute ode to a mangled Vespa by Tool would be all sorts of awesome.
    I don't really know what to think anymore; I'm sorta pissed at Maynard for spending too much time on Puscifer and wine, but I know he doesn't owe us anything. I just really wish they'd at least give us a RELEASE DATE, even if it's next year, just so I am not completely in the dark.
    Puscifer is great, especially "Conditions of my Parole". One reason I'm not too anxious to hear from Tool is because Puscifer is getting better. I think it's unfair to put all the blame on Maynard. I'm more inclined to think the four of them simply changed as individuals. They were a collective force and the chemistry has changed. I mean we're talking about a band that formed in 1990. I was in preschool. I remember seeing them on the Lateralus tour in high school. In my mid-twenties now, I've learned that bands and musicians change and it's really not a big deal However, I think we both agree that it would be great to see a new Tool album, and I wouldn't mind a release date myself, though I wouldn't count on it.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Puscifer. Conditions of My Parole was my favorite album of '11. But I'd rather he put more effort into what will probably be their last album. I know it's his choice what he does with his talent; I can't fault him for it. That's just what I would prefer.
    It was presumptuous to assume you didn't like Puscifer. Apologies. I hear ya man. I guess we'll just have to... beee patieenntt.....
    i +1'd this by mistake... sorry. there is so much in this post to disagree with.
    kill it
    Hendrix comes out with albums quicker than these guys and he's been dead for over 40 years and recorded the majority of his material in about a 3 year time span.
    I've come to the conclusion that some of you people just like to bitch for the sake of bitching.
    It will be really funny if: 1. The album simply appears for streaming at their website one morning, surprising everybody. 2. The album turns out to suck ass...
    There is only a slight chance one of those will be true. And i think you know which one won't be
    Seriously UG? Troll some more. You're just as bad as the band with rehashing old news. I'll just take it all with a grain of salt.
    Super Sponge
    My English is no so good... But when I see a sentence that contains a words: "TOOL...GETTING VERY HARD" it's doesn't make a good connotation!
    Maybe Tool means they have an erection from how great the album is going
    Okey im going insane. Is there or is there not going to be a new tool record?
    **Just in** UG waits 7 days to post the same article about the Tool Album, longest of it's career
    Um, UG, WHY IN THE HELL IS LARS being used for a BAD "article" about "NEW" Tool news?? I want to virtually slap you over the Internet!
    I think most Tool fans would be happier if they realized they're more into the concept of new Tool music than Tool is.
    Jesus Christ UG, stop putting out "news" about those guys if you got nothing new to report...
    Thrice Capades
    So now you're allowed to put things in quotes that are simply paraphrased? Where does he use the words 'getting very hard' in this article? Derr...writing is hard...
    Does anyone else feel like these guys wanna just wanna go their separate ways but are forced to stay together to make their earnings? I feel like whenever this comes out, it could mark the end of Tool albums, and maybe they'll tour for a bit, hiatus, get really old(er), then try to do some one-offs.. you know the drill.
    They are saying that distance is a problem?.. however they are touring here in Australia in May. This will be the third time they have toured on the 10,000 days album. I think there has been plenty of time to punch out a new album or at least get creative in between. Expecting some new tracks to be revealed on this tour!
    why does everyone want to blame Maynard? If the band only started writing last year what the hell is he supposed to sing too. all members of the band have side projects too so i dont think puscifer or apc are slowing maynard down, if anything its keeping him ready. and i also fear this will be the last official new album
    Maynard has repeatedly stated that Tool isn't very interesting to him anymore, that he's annoyed with the fans, success and fame, and basically hates everything and everyone to do with him being a multi-millionaire rockstar. He's insulted fans, his bandmates, everyone in the industry, and is very obviously a complete pain to work with these days. Meanwhile, Danny, Adam and Justin just do things they like and act like total nice guys on camera. That's why people blame Maynard.
    In other words: "Maynard's been an *****, but we're too nice to say that it's him being an *****".
    Now you see this one-eyed midget Shouting the word "NOW" And you say, "For what reason ?" And he says, "How ?" And you say, "What does this mean ?" And he screams back, "You're a cow! Give me some milk Or else go home." Maynard is not a cow.