Tool guitarist Adam Jones gave a detailed update on the current state of affairs, going through the multi-million lawsuit delaying the new album, as well as the record itself, finally sharing some info regarding the material.
During a recent Metal Hammer interview, the legal matter was the first topic. "I'd be happy to talk you through it," Adam started. "Basically, a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising - we've hired many, many artists over the years.
"And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we've ever made. It was just ridiculous! But here's the point: we had insurance in case we ever got sued or got in these situations. And now these insurance companies have all tried backing out.
"To me, that does not feel right. I honestly think it's like if you buy auto insurance and you're in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, 'Well you drive an SUV and we don't really consider that an auto, so we're not covering you.' Then you try to argue with them and then they go, 'Well, we're suing you.'"
Agreeing about the obvious negative impact of the whole process, Jones added, "Well, seven years later... here we are. We have a lot of stuff going on. There's stress. There's four different guys with personal things going on and it can be a struggle to write music together. But this time it has been really draining and put a lot of pressure on us. We got insurance for peace of mind. And they totally turned it around on us. I just feel like we've been completely abandoned and it's been totally unnecessary."
Taking a turn towards new material, Adam detailed the "experimental, selfish" path the band's been taking, giving some specific info at last. "We're always on an experimental path," he said. "We never think about what worked on the last record or what's good on the radio right now. It's a selfish process, we just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time, this riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago.
"We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I'll tell you this - there’s a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it's an odd number, that's really exciting. 'Rosetta Stoned' had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There's some really light stuff going on but there's also a lot of heavy stuff in there too."
Praising the interviewer for doing his homework, Jones shared a determined stance regarding Tool music in general. "I don't want to just get it out and worry about the next record, then look back and go, 'Why did I do that? It's a piece of crap.' I want to sleep well at night, it's my legacy, you know?
"Some day, I'm gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, 'I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.' I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, 'Wow - they really like us and they want more!' To be honest, you can't beat that feeling at all," he concluded.