Tool Working On The 'Biggest Project Of Their Lives'

Bassist Justin Chancellor briefly describes the band's work on the new album.

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It seems that Tool simply can't miss the news headlines these days. With fans anticipating the new album for almost seven years now, it's no wonder that every bit of information regarding the new release is highly wanted.

The band has recently left fans in somewhat of a state of confusion with various contradicting statements regarding the new album release date. At first, frontman Maynard James Keenan went on to dismiss any chances for a new release during the current year.

The vocalist's statement was followed by drummer Danny Carey giving us some hope for the 2013 release back and the singer finally going a step further saying there are no actual new songs written yet.

And now it seems the time has come for the bassist Justin Chancellor to step in. Despite not saying anything about the release date, the bassist has recently described the band's work on the new album. And it would appear it is just the thing fans need to hear.

"We're currently involved in the biggest project of our lives", the bassist tells TimeOut.

Such a statement is most likely bound to set the fans' blood pumping, leaving them yearning for more. But if the new album truly is the biggest Tool release yet, it is probably well worth the wait.

The band will be touring Australia during April and May, as well as support Black Sabbath at this year's Ozzfest in Japan.

So this is some pretty good news, right? If the album is that big, it has to be worth the wait. Or do you think that waiting for at least 8 years is simply too much? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Either way new album or not I secured a ticket to the May show in Brisbane and am f##ken absolutely stoked !!!! Pat.
    Maynard was recently quoted with saying, "The album has been delayed indefinitely. We have come to the conclusion that current musical instruments don't have enough life. While we are perplexed with what we will do without using any modern or historical instruments of any sort, we have been in contact with a North Korean government medical agency that specializes in bio-engineering. The chief medical officer is on the precipice of creating a self-replicating organic material that we could use to manufacture new equipment and also use to replace my vocal chords. As long as the lab is not closed from morally questionable practices, we should be able to be in the studio by mid 2013."
    Eight years for an album? Not even Beethoven took that long to compose his masterpieces. Is eaight years too long to wait for an album, you ask? This had better be the work of a century. If this album does not top Lateralus, Tool should call it quits. My honest opinion, I think this waiting game is a ploy on the band's part, so they can hype up the fans, expecting to increase record sales as an end result. This is definitely Tool's last album. These guys are pushing their fifties, easily. I think they are trying to push record sales as much as possible, before they retire for good.
    Guitarus Rex
    My vote is for a Tool concert Blu-ray with multiple camera angles. Maybe an additional mini-concept animated video to accompany three new songs, written on the road during this tour. It satisfies the "no real songs written yet" quote while actually working on a new album that won't be released this year because they are touring this Spring/Summer and won't be able to have it completed until 2014. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now, off to put on some old-school ear-cup headphones and put "Lateralus" on infinite repeat until I doze off...
    24 February, 2013 (02:30pm) DANNY CAREY PERFORMING AT THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ! Danny will be the special guest DRUMMER for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY tomorrow (FEBRUARY 25). Other guests include RICO BELLED on keys and vocals. Bring your favorite axe and possibly join in during the almost anything goes 2ND SET. Danny and the others usually take the stage around 90. Great live music on a Monday night in the valley! From . I thought danny couldn't drum because of the pain from the accident...
    Don't be silly guys, this is Tool, it won't be a double album. It will be a triple album.
    aaaahhhhh I'm so happy to have tickets to both Tool shows in New Zealand shows!! As well as Black Sabbath a few weeks before!
    Tool = one of the greatest band on the planet. can't wait for the new album.
    i just want to listen the new album before a giant rock come from the space to my house and kill me... who knows man
    goddamn! definately worth it!! definately..i was listening to 10,000 days the other day and i could again so well understand WHY they released an album only in 5 years after lateralus...working for songs like wings of marie and rosetta stoned! now its been 8 years and i being a tool fan will not mind if i have to wait for another 2 years or so (if they're working on the album that is)..come on! it's not like chinese democracy thing going on here, they're working.. it's maynard/jones/chancellor and carey, they know what they're doing!
    Yawn!! let me know when there is some actual breaking news about Tool and not just a bunch of hearsay, speculation and prediction.
    When they release another album, people will be holding the physical copy and wondering if it's actually real
    Someone commented on Maynard's update that after Justin gave his updtae that Adam Jones is gonna come out and say, "We put out the album a week, but the government covered it up." At this point, it wouldn't surprise me.
    Biggest project of their lives? No actual songs written? Hmmm... maybe it is just one really long song
    makin the longest ever recording of "theeeres a hole in the bottom of the sea"
    theyre totally just screwing around with people, so nobody knows what to expect. its incredibly frustrating but at the same time pretty exciting because you just have this feeling something is right around the corner. but god damnit it wanna know what it is now!
    Draining patience, drain vitality. This paranoid, paralyzed vampire act's a little old. I'm gonna wait it out.
    Best push-pull technique in history. In reality, Tool are just teaching us how to deal with women.
    Not add fuel to the fire, but this statement is included on their website announcement about their upcoming live performances.... "Don't miss the multi-sensory experience that is a performance by groundbreaking musicians Tool. With anticipation high and the promise of one of the first tastes of their much-awaited upcoming album, tickets will not last long!" Could it be?
    Maynard's just ****ing with people's minds, he's done it before with jokes about him "finding Jesus and giving up Tool" the year before 10,000 Days was released, so I would just take Maynard's interviews as attempts at trying to subvert any over-hyping around the next album.
    Something's coming. We know from the many years they spend silent that when they say something, they mean to say something.
    Despite being really excited for a new Tool album, I find these almost-daily comments rather amusing to be honest. They can take as much time as they want, I know it will be worth the wait.
    I'm putting tool right up there with Wintersun in terms of not getting their **** together and being able to release an album
    Enough! Just release a new album already! I can't take anymoooorrrrreeeee!!!!!
    Where exactly does he say that "The biggest project of out lives" is an album? it might be a Documentar, or god knows what. good going UG.
    Danjo's Guitar
    Who down voted this? All of the other people have said "We're doing stuff" and journalists have jumped to the conclusion thats its an album. Maynard could be confusing people just for fun, but "no actual songs written" could mean they're doing something that doesn't have to do with new material. It could be anything really.
    I guess everybody is just 100% sure of it without having any proof, somehow :
    Danny had an interview with a radio station here and New Zealand and said they were working on a new album
    Maybe they are painting the inside of one of their houses. Or building some playground equipment for their kids.
    You may be right, "the biggest project of their lives" doesn't necessarily mean an album; it'd be quite unfortunate if that's the case however hehe.
    Its been so long, this is some of the best music news Ive heard since yesterday when UG told me they haven't done anything yet. Seriously though, A Tool album would be a great addition to the 2013 music catalog
    I really hope they announce a double album, that would seriously make up for all these years. Imagine a double album with tool.. It would truly be magnificent!
    Yesterday: Tool has "no real songs written" for new album Today: Tool's new album is the "biggest project of our lives" Now I'm really confused.
    That's how Maynard wants it...
    What We've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. That's how Maynard wants it... Well he gets it! I don't like it anymore then you men.
    Tool is my favorite band. Cool Hand Luke is my favorite movie. I just made an account purely to plus 1 this comment and tell you I love you.
    He never said an album was the biggest project of their lives. Just that there is a "project." They might both be telling the truth. But I feel like brain cells are wasted trying to figure this out. It's hard being patient.
    Yeah but they always do this when albums come out (or don't come out). They're the most mysterious band when it comes to writing and releasing records. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't release the album for another 2 years. I've learned to not hold my breath after all these years of being a fan.
    I know. I'm already killing brain cells trying to analyze QOTSA's "cryptic letters", and this is going to break the camel's back. Let's just all sit back and agree that awesome music will be coming out soon.
    "the bassist has recently described the band's work on the new album. And it would appear it is just the thing fans need to hear. "We're currently involved in the biggest project of our lives", the bassist tells TimeOut."
    I'm guessing this big project might have something to do with all of the live recordings they made during their long career and putting that out in some crazy big box set. Or the new album might become a double album or something. Either way I'm very happy!
    a double album seems pretty possible because i heard on the radio, or maybe the internet idk, that they are doing a 20 minute song. so if that is true then i could see a double album. either way, this makes me way more excited for this album. maybe adam will say something revealing soon..or maybe he'll mind **** us.
    Its a 3 disc dubstep reinterpretation of their classics, as done by shitty basement DJs. The 3rd disc will feature exclusively, 8 different remixes of "schism" Produced by Bob Rock, also featuring Lar's snare off of St. Anger. It will cost more then the combined amount it took to make "chinese democracy" and will also have a 30 man didgeridoo section.
    In all seriousness I would actually love to see what Tool could do with a 30 man didgeridoo section...