Tool are hard at work on their fifth studio album, and frontman Maynard James Keenan recently told Rollingstone.com the band could road test some new material on tour this summer.
"We're always writing," he said. "If it comes together, yeah, you'll hear some new stuff. If it's not ready, you won't."
Given that Tool have a track record of releasing albums every five years and their latest disc is 2006's 10,000 Days, that makes them pretty likely to release its follow-up sometime in 2011. So this summer's tour is kind of ideal for testing out new material.
Tool's live set-up has always been pretty creative, as has their incredible artwork, and they've written about everything from the apocalypse to the connections between science and religion.
With that in mind, here are some potential subjects for new Tool songs:
01. An 11-minute diatribe in which Keenan rants and raves at BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster that's left a massive oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico. Keenan once sang about wanting the apocalypse to drown Los Angeles and the world in a flood on "AEnema." Looks like people will now be drowning in oil instead. How's that for a whole new spin on "learn to swim," eh, Bill Hicks?
02. An entire album based on Gustav Holst's The Planets, except about how humans pollute the rest of the solar system with space junk, refuse, oh, and oil. Thanks, dinosaurs.
03. A tune called "Ganglion," about the nerve cell bodies that make up the human brain. Its lyrics should be impossible to understand because so is the brain.
04. A really long, extended tune about dark matter and experimental particle physics, in which Keenan starts out with heavy breathing and then uses the lyrics to explain how dark matter is basically a metaphor for the human condition (hey, it'd work somehow they've already done it with "Parabola").
05. A song about Thoth, the Egyptian god of magic, writing, science and the judgment of the dead. He has a head of an ibis and you don't get more metal than him in terms of Egyptian deities. Forget Anubis. The song will mostly focus on judgment in the afterlife and inexplicably connect science to it.
06. Some kind of song referencing the golden ratio which is only 1.6180339887 minutes long. Hell, if they already referenced the Fibonacci numbers in "Lateralus"...
07. Another song railing against Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and TV evangelists.
08. A song about the Ulam spiral, which sees Keenan yelling out a particular word at two, three, five, seven, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43 and 47 seconds. Of course, the music is constructed in a similar spiral and repetitive fashion.
Thanks for the report to ChartAttack.com.