Tool Reveal Why Their New “More ‘Metal’ Sounding” Album Is Taking So Long


Tool guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have revealed in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone why it has taken eight years and counting for the band to release a new album. The major stumbling block, they say, is a multilevel lawsuit that has been levied against all the band members and which is scheduled to go to trial in January. The suit stems from a claim made by a Tool associate that he created artwork for the group and wanted credit.

“The whole thing is really depressing,” Carey says in the story. “The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.”

“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us,” Jones continues. “And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.

Both band members admit that, as a result, the group is not actually very far along in the process of writing a follow-up to 2006’s ‘10,000 Days.’ In fact, Tool only have one song that Jones describes as “pretty much done.” That said, their description of the new material is sure to excite Revolver readers.

“Heavy” is a word both band members use to describe their new sounds. “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste,” Jones says. “There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”

“It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey says with a laugh. “I’m having fun drumming on it. There is one other song [beyond the 10-minute tune] that I would say is pretty much there. It’s another one that’s pretty gnarly with some good double-kick [drumming] going on in it.”

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  • Phillip Blair

    Hope they get it all worked out soon because the quotes about the sound of the new stuff has me drooling, lol

    • rspkt

      They will. Just keep in mind “soon” for Tool is probably a lot longer than most people would qualify the term.

  • Robert Moreland

    Just some other jackass that thinks if he raises a big enough stink by invoking a lawsuit, he will become a millionaire. Somebody that probably did the most minuscule work and wants, like a percentage of the album sales. Get a clue! What an ass! The world just doesn’t work that way. Meanwhile all the fans are suffering, but does this jackass care? I highly doubt it.
    So disheartening to hear that only ONE song is in the can over this debacle. Please someone put a bullet in this guy’s head so we can get a new TOOL album.

  • an0id

    Believe nothing these men say. Just go away and forget about another album. when and if it comes and in whatever form it may be, THATS what it will be. As a wizard arrives perciscely when he means too, as too will be the next album.

  • Matt Ragan

    So after all this time of thinking the new album is on the verge of being released, it’s barely even been started? FUCK! Didn’t they already say onece last year that it was “near completion?” I’m not a douche, if it takes them time, that’s fine. But be honest?

  • christopherchawkins

    Just to let you in on a little secret, the reason we are looking at this article is because TOOL music is perfection! Shut the fuck up and wait! On another note please ask TOOL to do an article on how to tune their music in on a high output stereo, I have days worth of getting drums where I want them and a baseline coming through a shaking the screws out of my truck!

  • Del Parrish

    Take the time and make it brain-shattering.

  • rocks911

    Its funny that the band who have made misleading statements a regular part of their dialog with fans and the media want to explain their complete lack of new material for nearly a decade as a product of suits.
    At this point I dont care, I’ve moved on to the Deftones, they still regularly make music and tour.

  • joshua hurst

    I hope they take their time, don’t care why its late just put out a good product plz. If i wanna hear crap I”ll listen to some nickleback

  • Token

    Its been so long now it doesnt really matter if it takes years more. This will be their last album, make it as good as it can be.