Tool: Eight Possible Subjects For New Songs

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan recently said the band could road test some new material on tour this summer.

Tool: Eight Possible Subjects For New Songs
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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.

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    TheAbsentOne
    Though it sounds kind of weird, what can you expect from Maynard (Thats a good thing!) New Tool = Happy me.
    bassthunder
    I love how this article has a picture of MJK simply labelled "Tool." Made me lol.
    ClassicalDoom
    you know, if i had never lisened to tool before, i might just think they're retarded haha but funny none the less. hope i can see em this summer
    NakedBassist
    Vinster23 wrote: Oops, my mistake... I'm not used to post comments on UG... My comment was: Well that's exactly why I call Tool "pretentious". Because they PRETEND to be skilled and super intelligent when they actually aren't that much. I'M NOT SAYING THEY SUCK !!! They're a good band (of course !) but their reputation is definitely overdone. Actual good prog bands = The Flower Kings, Riverside, Opeth, Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Camel, Gentle Giant, In Mourning, Isis, BTBAM, Symphony X, LTE, Cynic, Mastodon, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Frost*, Ihsahn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mind Key, Ozric Tentacles, Unexpect... You can like them if you want, I do too (to some extent...), but stop saying they're a skilled prog band, cuz they're not. Listen to the discographies of all the bands I've listed there and come back in 5 years when you're done... And then we'll talk... (yeah i know i'm pretentious, but like you said: i'm a proghead...)
    you are also an elitist douchebag. **** off with all your talk of pretension. Tool can do whatever they want and whatever pace they want, because they'll only release something when THEY feel it is ready to be released. And I'd like you to expand on how their reputation is "overdone". go crawl back under your prog-rock you snide prick.
    coco-axeman
    Rorok_89 wrote: Come on guys, its obviously in a humor tone... UG made up those ideas in a parodic sense, just to make some fun. I laughed at the 1.6180339887 minutes long
    apparently the golden ratio is a real concept..... but a really weird one
    BrixDK
    People can be so angry and selfish... This was clearly meant in a positive way in order to help boost the hype for the forthcoming Tool album. Good vibrations maaaannnn
    SLonergan
    Chylyn wrote: Pretentious as always.
    You're stupid. These aren't actual ideas from Tool.
    TheWizard42
    thrashmonkey wrote: TheWizard42 wrote: Hmmmm.... Not liking number 7. Tool's my favorite band, but whats wrong with limbaugh and beck and all them? great guys and imo they know what they're talking about just saying The words "Limbaugh" and "great guy" do not go together in the same sentence. Ever. If MJK rants against that lying conservative a$$hole, then I might be more compelled to go buy the album, even though I'm not the biggest fan of Tool.
    Think for yourself
    ewall09
    totally pumped, but this is just a leg-yanker i think. im seeing them live on June 26th in St Louis....driving from Pittsburgh PA. Yup.
    OhYeahGNR
    @Vinster23 : Who decides what is "good" vs. "bad" prog? One of the things i like about prog is that there are no official rules about making it. No struggle to make radio-friendly hit songs or fit into a category or an image. Tool is just as much prog as DT or Frank Zappa. And they are also just as talented although in very different ways. Sure you don't see Adam Jones blistering out petrucci-like-solos or Maynard trying to hit the high F#, but Tool is one of the most dynamic bands in the world. They also have incredible subtlety in their playing and they're able to do EVERYTHING with a brilliant tongue-in-cheek approach. That said, i think it's obvious that this is all a joke, although not a very funny one in my opinion. I also think Maynard is a fantastic guy and not pretentious at all. Pretention to me is for example being into wine without even enjoying it, just because it's "hip" or "in style". I think Maynard really likes wine and kind os uses his vinyards as "meditational work" (hope that makes sense to everybody). I mean, who the f*** wouldn't want a vinyard in Arizona? Being a successful musician and producing your own brand of alcoholic beverage on the side. That's gotta be my ultimate dream
    lextexrex
    If you think you can predict Tool's next song, I will guarantee it won't be that. I remember when 10,000 Days was leaked, people thought it was fake because they were not expecting that whatsoever.
    Delucinat
    It's funny how people pretend to know the people in these bands personally. Who the hell knows just how smart/dedicated/inspired Maynard or any of these guys acutally are. You see them for an hour on stage and read all these little snippets from silly articles like this one and then you fill in the pieces with your over-active imaginations. We only know what they've sold us...haha!
    burnsz82
    Vinster23 wrote: "Pretentious as always !" OMG, totally ! And I'm sure that just like 10,000 days and Lateralus, there's gonna be just 2 or 3 good songs on the album, maybe 1 or 2 decent tracks and the rest will be boring "ambiant whale music" or repetitive tracks with only 1-2 riffs in 5/8 played non-stop for 8 minutes. Their last great album was Aenima and that was 14 years ago. If they were able to release an album filled only with songs like Vicarious, Schism or Forty Six & 2 I'd be excited but I stopped expecting that years ago...
    Soooo...you think that their singles are their only good songs?!?
    palm mute
    OhYeahGNR wrote: @Vinster23 : Who decides what is "good" vs. "bad" prog? One of the things i like about prog is that there are no official rules about making it. No struggle to make radio-friendly hit songs or fit into a category or an image. Tool is just as much prog as DT or Frank Zappa. And they are also just as talented although in very different ways. Sure you don't see Adam Jones blistering out petrucci-like-solos or Maynard trying to hit the high F#, but Tool is one of the most dynamic bands in the world. They also have incredible subtlety in their playing and they're able to do EVERYTHING with a brilliant tongue-in-cheek approach. That said, i think it's obvious that this is all a joke, although not a very funny one in my opinion. I also think Maynard is a fantastic guy and not pretentious at all. Pretention to me is for example being into wine without even enjoying it, just because it's "hip" or "in style". I think Maynard really likes wine and kind os uses his vinyards as "meditational work" (hope that makes sense to everybody). I mean, who the f*** wouldn't want a vinyard in Arizona? Being a successful musician and producing your own brand of alcoholic beverage on the side. That's gotta be my ultimate dream
    Brilliant, I'm not the biggest prog fan but that is a great argument
    palm mute
    TheWizard42 wrote: thrashmonkey wrote: TheWizard42 wrote: Hmmmm.... Not liking number 7. Tool's my favorite band, but whats wrong with limbaugh and beck and all them? great guys and imo they know what they're talking about just saying The words "Limbaugh" and "great guy" do not go together in the same sentence. Ever. If MJK rants against that lying conservative a$$hole, then I might be more compelled to go buy the album, even though I'm not the biggest fan of Tool. Think for yourself
    You're telling someone to think for themself after just listing propagandists you listen to because they "know what they are talking about"? I'm choking on irony
    1nSingularity
    larrytheguitar wrote: Chylyn wrote: Pretentious as always. I must agree. Goddamn, we want good music, not a freaking lesson. MJK, stop doing your wine business and rock out! Don't mean to sound like a douche, but they seem to be putting this off a lot and are trying to hard to make a groundbreaking album. When will they learn that any Tool is good Tool?
    The music will come when it comes, if you won't want the lessons, theoretical stuff and whatnot, just enjoy the music when it comes out, and don't worry about the deeper meanings and stuff. Also if they themselves believe that any Tool is good Tool, then the statement might become less true
    XxTopCatxX
    I am a fan of tool's music for sure, but I can't help but laugh when I see people wearing TOOL shirts. just screams irony to me.
    randyaintdead82
    Vinster23 wrote: WAAAAAHHH0010 wrote: Vinster23 wrote: "Pretentious as always !" OMG, totally ! And I'm sure that just like 10,000 days and Lateralus, there's gonna be just 2 or 3 good songs on the album, maybe 1 or 2 decent tracks and the rest will be boring "ambiant whale music" or repetitive tracks with only 1-2 riffs in 5/8 played non-stop for 8 minutes. Their last great album was Aenima and that was 14 years ago. If they were able to release an album filled only with songs like Vicarious, Schism or Forty Six & 2 I'd be excited but I stopped expecting that years ago... haters gonna hate... I'm not a hater at all. I've bought Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus and 10.000 days the day they were released and I also own Opiate. I've seen them live twice (they're awesome live!). But sometimes, you gotta stop being a fanboy and recognize when a band starts getting weaker and weaker... Come on it took them FIVE YEARS to release 10,000 days and the album had only TWO great songs (Vicarious and The pot). Jambi, Rosetta stoned and Right in two were only decent and the rest were fillers... 11min14 for a track like 10.000 Days (Wings Pt 2)? Come on...
    I think Wings for Marie is one of the best tracks theyve ever created and by far the shortest almost 20 minutes i sit through when listening to music
    LordErtai
    if anyone believes that Maynard said all that is listed above is clearly a Tool. The only sentence he said was the one quoted and its a typical Nard response, straight to the point with dry humor (gotta love it). New APC also in the works and a the first slight tibit of info on a new album in the same day (foutheye.net).. its great and about time. and with tool being one of my favorite bands (rush being #1), i personally cant wait to hear how the boys play and line it up.
    LordErtai
    and of coarse its supposed to look 'pretentious'. thats what prog rock is labeled. they can keep listening to the same bland, simple, repetitive, skillless crap, and ill go back and play my pretentious 'bytor and the snow dog' on guitar really loud. pretentious maybe, skillful and badass...defently no one said being pretentious was a bad thing
    huevos
    Chylyn wrote: Pretentious as always.
    I find the word pretentious to be inane in both this situation and in general. Pretty sure it's all a joke, probably just the author's lame attempt to poke fun at a somewhat mediocre band's high-mindedness. Not funny in the slightest.
    Teeth2483
    Ahhh the typical misleading info that thousands of morons on the internet will take literally.... You'd think some of you would have a clue by now and know not to believe any of these silly rumours. Its usually just MJK or somebody having a bit of fun with the media.
    Vinster23
    WAAAAAHHH0010 wrote: Vinster23 wrote: "Pretentious as always !" OMG, totally ! And I'm sure that just like 10,000 days and Lateralus, there's gonna be just 2 or 3 good songs on the album, maybe 1 or 2 decent tracks and the rest will be boring "ambiant whale music" or repetitive tracks with only 1-2 riffs in 5/8 played non-stop for 8 minutes. Their last great album was Aenima and that was 14 years ago. If they were able to release an album filled only with songs like Vicarious, Schism or Forty Six & 2 I'd be excited but I stopped expecting that years ago... haters gonna hate...
    I'm not a hater at all. I've bought Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus and 10.000 days the day they were released and I also own Opiate. I've seen them live twice (they're awesome live!). But sometimes, you gotta stop being a fanboy and recognize when a band starts getting weaker and weaker... Come on it took them FIVE YEARS to release 10,000 days and the album had only TWO great songs (Vicarious and The pot). Jambi, Rosetta stoned and Right in two were only decent and the rest were fillers... 11min14 for a track like 10.000 Days (Wings Pt 2)? Come on...
    napalm890
    Novacane... wrote: larrytheguitar wrote: Chylyn wrote: Pretentious as always. I must agree. Goddamn, we want good music, not a freaking lesson. MJK, stop doing your wine business and rock out! Don't mean to sound like a douche, but they seem to be putting this off a lot and are trying to hard to make a groundbreaking album. When will they learn that any Tool is good Tool? Nah. I don't think they can be accused of that. I like Tool but it's clear they don't take the band THAT seriously and use it more as a way of making a living and doing what they want to do on a daily basis. They all have their own thing going on besides the band.
    Maynard is like the Venus&Serena Williams of metal lol.
    Vinster23
    LordErtai wrote: and of coarse its supposed to look 'pretentious'. thats what prog rock is labeled. they can keep listening to the same bland, simple, repetitive, skillless crap, and ill go back and play my pretentious 'bytor and the snow dog' on guitar really loud. pretentious maybe, skillful and badass...defently no one said being pretentious was a bad thing Well that's exactly why I call Tool "pretentious". Because they PRETEND to be skilled and super intelligent when they actually aren't that much. I'M NOT SAYING THEY SUCK !!! They're a good band (of course !) but their reputation is definitely overdone. Actual good prog bands = The Flower Kings, Riverside, Opeth, Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Camel, Gentle Giant, In Mourning, Isis, BTBAM, Symphony X, LTE, Cynic, Mastodon, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Frost*, Ihsahn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mind Key, Ozric Tentacles, Unexpect... You can like them if you want, I do too (to some extent...), but stop saying they're a skilled prog band, cuz they're not. Listen to the discographies of all the bands I've listed there and come back in 5 years when you're done... And then we'll talk... (yeah i know i'm pretentious, but like you said: i'm a proghead...)
    Soundservant
    DeDperson wrote: PlayFreebirdNow wrote: Tarsplitter wrote: Soundservant wrote: And do you know who that is? A tool. Exactly. you guys are *****s, MJK is awesome and I honestly don't get why you guys would be doing in this article if you think he's a tool. And if you're trying to be funny, its not working. And in other news, I'm excited as hell!
    Yeah, thanks for manipulating my words... I love Tool to death, and MJK lyrically and vocally makes him so unique.
    le screamist
    BrixDK wrote: People can be so angry and selfish... This was clearly meant in a positive way in order to help boost the hype for the forthcoming Tool album. Good vibrations maaaannnn
    I can't agree more man. Just soak up the fact that you're probably getting another Tool album soon, and stop bickering over whether or not MJK is pretentious or whatnot. There are other members in that band remember? Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones? REMEMBER THEM? They're the ones responsible for most of the amazing moments in Tools songs (Like the breakdown in Jambi :m . Personally I'm just glad we're getting some new material soon.
    areese82
    Did the dude who wrote this article just make those ideas up? This is barely news
    Vinster23
    Oops, my mistake... I'm not used to post comments on UG... My comment was: Well that's exactly why I call Tool "pretentious". Because they PRETEND to be skilled and super intelligent when they actually aren't that much. I'M NOT SAYING THEY SUCK !!! They're a good band (of course !) but their reputation is definitely overdone. Actual good prog bands = The Flower Kings, Riverside, Opeth, Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Camel, Gentle Giant, In Mourning, Isis, BTBAM, Symphony X, LTE, Cynic, Mastodon, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Frost*, Ihsahn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mind Key, Ozric Tentacles, Unexpect... You can like them if you want, I do too (to some extent...), but stop saying they're a skilled prog band, cuz they're not. Listen to the discographies of all the bands I've listed there and come back in 5 years when you're done... And then we'll talk... (yeah i know i'm pretentious, but like you said: i'm a proghead...)
    WAAAAAAAHHH0010
    Vinster23 wrote: WAAAAAHHH0010 wrote: Vinster23 wrote: "Pretentious as always !" OMG, totally ! And I'm sure that just like 10,000 days and Lateralus, there's gonna be just 2 or 3 good songs on the album, maybe 1 or 2 decent tracks and the rest will be boring "ambiant whale music" or repetitive tracks with only 1-2 riffs in 5/8 played non-stop for 8 minutes. Their last great album was Aenima and that was 14 years ago. If they were able to release an album filled only with songs like Vicarious, Schism or Forty Six & 2 I'd be excited but I stopped expecting that years ago... haters gonna hate... I'm not a hater at all. I've bought Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus and 10.000 days the day they were released and I also own Opiate. I've seen them live twice (they're awesome live!). But sometimes, you gotta stop being a fanboy and recognize when a band starts getting weaker and weaker... Come on it took them FIVE YEARS to release 10,000 days and the album had only TWO great songs (Vicarious and The pot). Jambi, Rosetta stoned and Right in two were only decent and the rest were fillers... 11min14 for a track like 10.000 Days (Wings Pt 2)? Come on...
    oh damn shit just got real
    Vinson
    Pretentious or not, enough with the cry babying about politics and oil companies. Wanna cry about BP (dude, your not out BILLIONS, they are....and your fleet of tour semi-trucks and buses don't run on solar power now do they?) call in to some talk shows (I'm sure Rush would put you to the front of the line) I just don't want it in music. WORST thing....these guys F#$@%^ING ROCK!!! It's not so bad when some crap band puts it into songs I'll never have to hear. End rant
    Jfischl
    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
    Hmm... Have you heard of the album "Dark Matter Dimensions" By Scar Symmetry? XD
    PlayFreebirdNow
    napalm890 wrote: TheWizard42 wrote: Hmmmm.... Not liking number 7. Tool's my favorite band, but whats wrong with limbaugh and beck and all them? great guys and imo they know what they're talking about just saying They are puppets, its not news, its biased bullshit. If you think otherwise your a moron.
    I'm laughing at how you called him a moron and didn't even use the proper "you're". Way to make yourself come across as intelligent.
    Shinsen88
    I'm so freaking excited. Still, the funny thing is that, knowing Maynard, none of these topics will appear on the album. Haha.
    napalm890
    TheWizard42 wrote: Hmmmm.... Not liking number 7. Tool's my favorite band, but whats wrong with limbaugh and beck and all them? great guys and imo they know what they're talking about just saying
    They are puppets, its not news, its biased bullshit. If you think otherwise your a moron.
    Dawgs4Vick
    threedaysgrace9 wrote: Tool could write about the latest dump that Maynard took, and people would still love it. Not a huge fan of Maynard, but the guy surrounds himself with amazing musicians. Tool, instrumentally, is possibly the most talented band of all time.
    Coming from a person whos profile name includes threedaysgrace... That's not saying much. I mean Danny Carey is good, and the bass player plays some catchy riffs, but most talented band of all time ? I hope you weren't being serious.
    thrashmonkey wrote: TheWizard42 wrote: Hmmmm.... Not liking number 7. Tool's my favorite band, but whats wrong with limbaugh and beck and all them? great guys and imo they know what they're talking about just saying The words "Limbaugh" and "great guy" do not go together in the same sentence. Ever. If MJK rants against that lying conservative a$$hole, then I might be more compelled to go buy the album, even though I'm not the biggest fan of Tool.
    +1 Except I thing Glenn Beck is worse than Limbaugh, lol but both are lying pricks. I encourage you to find the youtube clip of Beck screaming at one of the callers on his show, he loses it and starts screaming like a 2 year old. Seriously my four year old nephew has better self control.
    Thr3Elevenstyle
    OOH OOH I wanna write a UG article!! i believe i fit the requirements. 1. i'm not funny 2. i dont know alot of stuff about stuff. 3. misleading article titles are my spec. make it happen UG
    napalm890
    Haha I love Maynard hes so awesome. Hes a ****ing weirdo but who cares haha
    ManBearPig227
    Dude holy ****!!! I'm so excited for this album! TOOL is hands down my favorite band of all time! This is gonna be badass! Maynard is a genius and I know this album will be groundbreaking like the last ones. I'm glad they are spending as much time as they are on this because he obviously wants the album to be full or excellent songs only, but I NEED more TOOL soon! 2011 is toooo long!