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Following last month’s confusion over the status of the next album from alt-rock veterans Tool, which centred on an out-of-context joke guitarist Adam Jones told during a meet-and-greet in Portland, and 1st April’s joke announcement, it’s been confirmed that Tool are back in the studio.
Having recently completed a mini-tour, during which Jones jokingly told a Portland fan that the band’s fifth studio album was “one-hundred percent done” and should see release later in the year, an update on the official Tool website indicates the band are continuing work on the new record.
“I say ‘continue’ because – contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process -with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes,” it reads.
“There is one other Tool project that was in the works prior to the tour that I will update you on should I hear anything,” the update continues, alluding to a “curve ball” announcement, about which fans have been speculating for some time, with some assuming that it would be the mini-tour.
Tool have not released an album since 2006's acclaimed 10,000 Days. Details regarding the new album have been scant, besides talk of novel time signatures explored on the record. In October, an insider wrote on the Tool website that the band had made “a lot of progress” on the new LP.
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