Tool's New Album Is Finished

Axeman Adam Jones brings groundbreaking news.

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Tool have finished their new studio album, Conseqence of Sound reports.

According to Crave Online, guitarist Adam Jones has confirmed that the long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "10,000 Days" is "100% done" and should arrive later this year.

In an interview with Loudwire last summer, drummer Danny Carey insinuated that some outside forces were holding up the album's release. "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. We'll see how it goes. Most likely, it'll be early 2014."

Meanwhile, frontman Maynard James Keenan spoke about the band's intricate recording process in an interview with Rolling Stone last November. "I don't write the music. They write the music," he said of his bandmates. "I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process."

Keenan continued, "In some ways, they are bigger perfectionists. But you can only help support their talent so long. They don't have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that's their process, so you gotta let them do it."

Tool is currently touring the US, their first such jaunt in two years.

Time to open the champagne, isn't it?

157 comments sorted by best / new / date

    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    So Mastodon and Tool in the same year, basically a progasm
    JimBell
    This should be the gold medal. So much epic music coming out this year! AHHH!
    Rokeman
    Yesssss. *Sits back and awaits coming announcement of Half Life 3* "Any day now..."
    Random9000
    Screw the Mayan calender, and every other doomsday prediction that didn't come true. If Tool releases their new album AND Half Life 3 hits shelves in the same year? We're doomed.
    Rimfrost
    When all the planets align, an unholy trinity of Half-Life, Tool and Metallica will arise to cleanse the world of sin.
    evanfurillo
    don't forget a new system of a down album
    shawnkenneth
    Or Beiber's Deportation.
    ne14t
    Hate to burst your bubble but it wont happen, Corporate America makes way too much money off that little shit stain to deport him.
    Skodward714
    I'm still waiting for Necrophagist to release an album, it's been ten goddamn years and we haven't heard anything from the band about new material.
    Rokeman
    Just saw the update on how it's now not coming out. There goes all my hopes and dreams for 2014
    chaoticfables
    I don't believe you.
    bangbang!!
    WHHAAAAA???!?!?!?
    k.lainad
    that is exactly what i said in that exact manner when i read the title.
    DEG_III
    March 9th 2014 - "Maynard: No actual Tool material written. 3-year Puscifer world tour announced."
    vppark2
    Dead surprised. I would've thought that Tool would be the last to say anything. Now it's SOAD and Metallica's turn.
    VeryHeavyMetal
    I feel like Maynard is going to do an interview in a couple days and say that he still hasn't written any new songs. I don't trust anyone in Tool's word anymore.
    iommi600
    I'm not a fan of these guys, but I'll have to give this album a shot solely because of all the piss they've taken out of their fans lately.
    third(-)eye
    Yeeeaahhhh, not believing this. Where's the full quote? They literally just mention it as an attention-grabber and then the rest of the article is devoted to months-old statements from Danny and Maynard.
    DEG_III
    Adam just confirmed the quote came from a post-show Q&A. He said: "The record's done, it's coming out tomorrow. Just kidding." So thanks UG, I got excited for nothing. Bring on 2017 I guess...
    Maiden95
    Glad I'm up to hear this. Hopefully we see a few more news stories about this soon.
    AntwanL
    Tomorrow: "Freak solar flare destroys all work on album. Starting from scratch"
    MESHUGGAH100
    ARE YOU GUYS FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!! THE NEW TOOL ALBUM IS NOT DONE. NOT DONE. JESUS CHRIST YOU GUYS ARE DUMB. ONE YAHOO THAT WENT TO A VIP EVENT HEARD ADAM SAY "YEAH THE RECORD IS DONE AS IT COMING OUT TOMORROW" FOLLOWED BY "JUST KIDDING." AND 10 SECONDS LATER IT'S REPORTED ON EVERY MUSIC SITE THAT THE NEW ALBUM IS FINISHED. GOD THE INTERNET HAS FUCKING RUINED QUALITY JOURNALISM FOREVER.
    Gatorman1300
    calm down you paranoid conspiracy theorist. In your logic Metallica will release their next album tomorrow. and the internet has not ruined journalism, journalism is evolving to incorporate the internet. And are you really gonna believe Yahoo for music news? Seriously? If you do than you must be the dumb one.
    MESHUGGAH100
    This is the last thing I'm gonna type in this thread but what you just said made absolutely no sense
    the_bi99man
    I agree that his comment came in a little hotter than was necessary, but what the **** are you even talking about? Your reply seems completely out of left field. What the hell are you talking about Metallica and Yahoo news for?
    Gatorman1300
    Tbh it sounded better in my head... but he is saying that because UG said the album is done it isnt. I Mentioned Yahoo as an unreliable source for music news. In his little world everything UG says is the opposite, thus in his mind the next Metallica album is hitting stores tomarrow because UG said it won't.
    the_bi99man
    No, that's not at all what he said. I have no idea how you interpreted that. Literally nothing said in that comment even implied, in any way, that UG saying something means it's not true. You're missing the point entirely. The fact it, this particular piece of news is not true. It was immediately debunked, within hours, by Adam Jones himself. And UG has a reputation of reporting false news and never bothering to correct it. He never said that UG's reporting of this is the reason that it's not true. It's not true, regardless, and UG shouldn't be reporting it. Correlation =/= causation. So, your claim of, "thus in his mind the next Metallica album is hitting stores tomarrow because UG said it won't", is completely out of left field, and makes no sense whatsoever.
    Ibanezrocker800
    Jeez, you're even dumber than the guy who wrote the article. Calling someone a Yahoo is different than referring to Yahoo.com. He could have avoided the caps locks, but his comment is mostly 100% correct. Internet journalism has made everyone and their mother a reporter.
    Gatorman1300
    When did I say "you sir are a Yahoo."? I said Yahoo is an unreliable source for music news. also I am not saying I am a reporter, but there are better sites than others.
    the_bi99man
    Nobody said that you called anyone a yahoo. The guy you replied to in the first place did. Seriously, it kind of amazes me how completely you misinterpreted what you responded to. Like, right down the list, you took incorrect meaning out of literally every line. It's kind of impressive, actually.
    Ibanezrocker800
    Jesus H. Christ are you the worst troll ever or are you really that incompetent? Read the first post again, again, again, and again until it gets through your head dude.
    joe164
    This CAPS guy is right. Adam Jones confirmed that it was a joke via his Facebook page. Everyone, calm your t*ts. It's still going to be a long wait yet.
    Jasonbts
    I... I... Um... I... If this is anther trick from Tool I'll go insane. This had better not be a trick.. Iiiiii..... Be real. BE REAL.
    the_bi99man
    Really UG? Still not gonna correct this article? How can you guys even call yourselves a news source?
    Jyrgen
    That escalated quickly lol. But the original article has a bit of a shady source so I'm cautious
    Multijeff
    Damn! Eight years to record an album....thank god axl rose isn't in tool.
    Craziork
    Don't know much about Tool but I hope there's something similar to Eulogy. I love that vibe!
    third(-)eye
    If you don't know much about Tool, you should fix that immediately. Go listen to the entire album of AEnima.
    adamzam
    Listen to their progression through writing music. Their first album "Opiate" is awesome and is almost all recorded live. "Undertow" is great as well, it isn't quite all about the sort of drift off into a trance sound that they have going on in Aenima and later. It's more about metal and being pissed off. Maynard really goes off on those records.
    Gatorman1300
    I love how this band has evolved in the same direction as maynard. during Opiate and Undertow It was aggressive as Maynard was when he was younger. Then AEnima became a little less anger and a little more deep, them maturing. Lateralus and 10,000 days is more structured and emotional (wings pt 1&2). Maynard during the Pre-Lateralus years would preform in the front of the stage and not hide in the corner. Then when the band changed their attitude in their music he started to preform in the back so he can let his true emotion out. I think it is pretty cool. just an opinion that is food for thought.
    third(-)eye
    I never really thought about him hiding as a result of the content of the lyrics. That's really cool.
    MESHUGGAH100
    This is why the guys in Tool think they're fans are ****ing idiots. I don't blame them.
    Danny. S
    Way to bring out a misleading article when the crappy source has already been defunct.
    RaKooN13
    next week: "Maynard says album has been scrapped and they're starting over."
    the_bi99man
    So, the actual quote from Adam Jones is "The record's done and coming out tomorrow. Just Kidding." Obviously a joke. Jones confirmed himself, via twitter, that it was a joke. The original article that UG cites for this has already been updated to reflect the mixup. Wonder when (if ever) UG will amend this story.
    TwisterAce
    Adam Jones said that he was "just kidding" about the new album being done. You guys just got trolled hard... I'm not believing any news about the new album until a release date is announced. Until then, everything is just hype.
    ounceler
    Why do you guys come to this site for news? Its a horrible news site. Look at how irresponsibly they posted this without any real evidence they just saw other sites putting it up. Don't blame Adam Jones. Shoot the messenger!
    javdoc
    "Yeah, so like, my cousin's friend...his brother was in the TooL VIP area and overheard Adam telling this kid that the album was '1000% finished'!" As much as I want to believe it's true, will not be putting the $ aside until I see a release date confirmed....
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    I was gonna say, I read from someone that heard him say it at the VIP say exactly what Adam tweeted. Twas a joke. However I think it still may be possible to be out by the end of the year. Tho, I really believe itll be out early next year.
    MESHUGGAH100
    I LITERALLY JUST SIGNED UP FOR THIS SITE TO POST THIS COMMENT BECAUSE I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING. FUCK YOU ULTIMATE-GUITAR!
    Finnferno
    I'd rather have a new Necrophagist album but this is good news anyway
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    I'd rather have both, but Necrophagist are basically the GNR of tech death now.
    qrEE
    My drummer asked Hannes Grossmann how the Necrophagist album was coming along (ex-drummer, now in Obscura)... he said he had no idea if they even had any material ready. That was 2011... it's about time by now lol.
    BogWraith
    Gah, they have no creative value. They need to retire. =/
    iommi600
    My God, do you know what Tool fans are like? They make Al-Qaeda look like Looney Tunes. You're asking for rape with your comment.
    Iommianity
    You can add Opeth, Mastodon, and Radiohead fans to that list. I love all 4 bands (including Tool), and Mastodon fans aren't particularly annoying or anything, but a lot of their fanbases straight up can't fathom why anyone could possibly disagree with them or think the bands are anything short of genius. That kind of over zealousness gets tired fast.
    iommi600
    True, as a massive fan, I've been to some Radiohead forums before and God, they make the music forum on 4chan look like a good place. I can't really say anything bad about Opeth and Mastodon fans, though.
    Lion_Slicer
    All 3 of those and Tool are in my top ten. If someone trashed all of them... I'd shrug and get on with my life. I feel like Mastodon in particular would be annoyed at having that kind of a fanbase, they don't take themselves too seriously.
    Brandon1993
    Really? I know plenty of Mastodon and Opeth fans and they aren't anywhere near as obnoxious and retarded with death threats as the crazy Tool fans are. (fyi I am NOT lumping all Tool fans together with that. just the ones who threaten to murder people who say anything they consider "bad" when dealing with Tool)
    Camron62\m/
    i think it's mainly because each of those bands have some sort of magic to them, they're each unique.
    ne14t
    Everyone is allowed there own opinion, but I think yours is a little out to lunch. There is no denying that Tool is an immense creative force, you may not like the music at all but it is certainly different and certainly creative. If you want a real band that lacks creativity look at something like Nickelback, or any other typical Radio Rock band that follows that modus operandi for writing records.
    TaV0
    This has to be one of the most downvoted comments I've seen! And I have been a member of UG for quite a while.
    Kilgannon2113
    Why isn't this article upvoted 100%. The people who downvoted this should have hot water thrown on them.
    the_bi99man
    Because it's not true. Some random dude blatantly misquoted a statement from Adam Jones, which was clearly a joke, upon reading the actual quote, and sites like this (among others) apparently thought that was proof enough.
    kozmo4200
    I got to see these guys in Portland last night. Enjoy waiting to see them suckers!!