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Is this the year Tool finally release a new album?

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This week was a landmark week for legendary progressive metal band Tool. No, they didn’t announce any details of their next album – per se – but they did win a soul-draining lawsuit in which they’ve been mired almost as long as it’s been since their last record.

Essentially what happened was: someone claimed they created artwork for the band, the band refuted, referred the matter to their insurance company – who refused to sort it out, and sued the band in return. It’s taken eight years. Eight years!

Jones also mentioned that a band member had been dealing with unspecified, but very scary health issues, and in addition to the court case, this shed a lot of light on just why

But now it’s over. The courts have ruled in Tool’s favour, and in a recent interview with Yahoo! guitarist Adam Jones went into details on the whole process – and what it means for the band now.

In short, they’re in both a better headspace, and have more time to devote to crafting the new album. The instrumental members – Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey – have one track in the bag, but there are more than 10 songs in various stages of completion, so while there’s still work today, there’s also a fair amount done. This is good news.


Our greatest strength is jamming and coming up with stuff,” Jones says. “We’re doing that really well now and I’m excited about everything we’re working on. Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool. I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.


People joke every year about it finally being the year Tool release new music, but it seems like 2015 might actually be the one – it has the best indicators so far, at least. Get (a little) hyped.