Tool Recording New Album In June

After six long years, the band will return to the recording studio in June, meaning their long-awaited new album could be released this year.

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Tool fans are used to waiting up to five years for a new album, but it's been six years since 2006's "10,000 Days" - and we're all getting quite impatient.

Now drummer Danny Carey has revealed their plans to finally enter the studio in June, meaning it could be released inside 2012.

"I'm hoping we'll get in the studio by June or July and start tracking. That's the plan anyway," he said in a special feature for his drum sponsor Vic Firth, which you can see below.

How long will it take once they hit the studio? "The tracking part I'd say [takes] two to three months then probably a month to mix and master and that's it."

Carey went on to explain the creative process behind their weird and wonderful music.

"We all just get in there and grind em out, you know? Sometimes if I come up with a beat the guys will come up with a riff to that.

"Justin Chancellor, [our] bassist, has really been prolific on this record. He's been coming in with tons of riffs. I usually try to find something to complement it rather than play what he's playing."

Tool are famous for their mind-bending time signatures, and even Carey admits that it can be hard to work with.

"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.

Watch the series of interviews with Danny Carey here:

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34 comments sorted by best / new / date

    biff022
    It's legit. Been writing off and on for close to a year now. This is great news for music. Remind everyone that not everything is trash music and that there's still people out there who care about their art.
    Slackerbitch
    There's no way this album is coming out in 2012. If they start recording in June or July, I'm afraid the release will be earliest in the first quarter of 2013.
    ToolCreedence
    "Its 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 were doing now," YES
    PhilippeM
    "We all just get in there and grind em out, you know?" I call bullshit. All their stuff if thought out. I bet you, for this record, I will have to play it backwards, and play all their other albums at the same time but not backwards, and all the music will somehow fit together perfectly.
    dicky_fish
    With Rush's Clockwork Angels coming out in May/June then this a few months later this is going to be a musically perfect, prog-tastic year!
    jexic
    I've been thinking for a while they'd put the album out on 12/21/12 and this seems to fit the time frame...
    forgettable
    the soundtrack for the apocalypse haha good stuff, and i thought it'd be The End or something
    NateHurst
    I have an erection just imagining it. Tool is one of the few bands I actually like enough to purchase their albums.
    hotdogs585
    biff022 wrote: It's legit. Been writing off and on for close to a year now. This is great news for music. Remind everyone that not everything is trash music and that there's still people out there who care about their art.
    tool is not the reminder for that though
    DethByHeadcrush
    They release updates on their writing every month at their website toolband.com This thing has been in the works since last Fall.
    DaFort85
    Yea don't forget the album art work and packaging...that will delay the album forsure. Hopefully Adam already has some stuff lined up for that.
    CMurray121
    Soundservant wrote: I was under the impression the release date was in May.
    Me too. Coulda sworn I read May 15 or 22.