After copious speculation and delays, Tool's first album in more than a decade is finally starting to come together, it seems. Yesterday, December 11th, longtime friend and Prophets of Rage figurehead Tom Morello became "the first outsider" to hear instrumental tracks for the band's long-awaited 10,000 Days follow-up.
The guitarist later took to Instagram to share a photo of himself posing with Tool members Justin Chancellor, Danny Carey, and Adam Jones — captioned with a glowing review of the material, which he describes alternately as "epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy, and VERY Tool," and "really great."
Morello's sneak peak of fresh Tool material follows Carey's announcement last week that fans would "definitely" hear new music sometime in 2018. "We'll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned," the drummer told Loudwire December 8th. "There's setup times and manufacturing — I can never predict all that, it seems like it's constantly evolving. [What time of year it will be out] I can't tell you."
Asked via Twitter to comment on his bandmate's claims, Maynard James Keenan responded, "Burp."
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