Tool Reportedly in Full Writing Mode

Maynard James Keenan joins writing sessions, band fully operating as a four-piece again.

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According to the latest reports, Tool are finally back to making music as a four-piece, as frontman Maynard James Keenan joined the new album writing sessions.

As Alternative Nation reports, the info was confirmed in August 2013 Tool newsletter.

"The first thing that I noticed was that some of the band's equipment had been moved back to their usual places, meaning that the guys had probably delivered the goods to MJK, and were now back in their 'normal' writing session mode," the report reads. "Then I saw further evidence on a new Dry-Erase board that was filled with indecipherable scrawls written with a red marker.

"Studying this the best I could, I realized that this indeed was a curveball of the likes of Feller or Blylevin. But then again, a better baseball pitch analogy might be that of a changeup such as thrown by Martinez, Verlander or Glavine."

The group's highly-anticipated new record is tentatively due in early 2014, with no official announcements made as of yet.

"We could have the record finished by the end of the year - that's a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we'll be able to get it out before Christmas," drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire. "We'll see how it goes. Most likely, it'll be early 2014."

As the latest Tool effort, "10,000 Days" dropped back in May 2006, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 564,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.

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    W-Whaaat? I thought he was unimpressed with the new material?!
    No, that was just a typically misleading UG headline, he never said such thing..
    I know, I was being ironic
    Sammy Mantis
    I think you mean you're being sarcastic. "Ironic" has to be the most overused, yet misused term ever.
    You, sir, have apparently never heard of "verbal irony" which is clearly being used appropriately here.
    No no, he was actually very excited to hear the new material because he hadnt heard it yet, which in UG speak translates to "He wasnt impressed" :p.
    The baseball analogy... ummm what?? Curveball in what way?? This has really got me curious to hear this material now
    News about TOOL's writing process... They're having a good time playing with peoples expectations. I don't mind anymore... the record will be out when it's out, that's good enough.
    I don't care what anyone says, metal is back baby stronger than ever! So many awesome metal bands are releasing great new stuff. I'm talking every sub genre there is too, prog, thrash etc.
    Finally, some news about this that isn't just 'gossip-y'. Actually sounds promising. Still preparing myself for an article tomorrow from maynard that throws this out again though...
    Tool is boring and takes 10 years to make each dull album.