Fire up the hype machine: Sebastian Bach has shared some dirt on Tool's mysterious, highly anticipated new album on social media. The former Skid Row frontman posted a photo of himself with three quarters of the band — guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor, and drummer Danny Carey — as well as Melvins' Buzz Osborne.
"How lucky am I?" He wrote in the caption. "Spent yesterday getting my face melted by 3/4 of Tool at the Tool headquarters/ rehearsal studio: my very own private Tool show, just missing the vocals!"
Bach went on to offer a tantalizing preview the new tunes:
"This is not just your average simple rock and roll music," he gushed. "This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric, and right when you get into a groovy trance, you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a tool. Some tunes were so pummeling, it felt like I was getting a deep-tissue massage! In fact, they could call the record that." All of the songs are at least seven minutes long, with one cut stretching past the 20-minute mark, Bach added.
Adam Jones took to social media and responded to Bach's post — revealing the potential start date when Tool will enter the studio to start recording the new album.
"Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in March," Jones posted on his Instagram. "Still instrumentals with Mjk [Maynard James Keenan] in town working on killer lyrics. Exciting!"
Well, there you have it: two more rockers have joined Tom Morello as a proud member of the "outsiders-who-have-heard-the-new-Tool-album" club!
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