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Tool won’t take thirteen years to make another album (but don’t hold your breath for it)

By | Published on Thursday 19 September 2019


Tool have only just released their latest album, ‘Fear Inoculum’, and already people are wondering if and when we might see another one from them. Well, don’t worry, drummer Danny Carey says it won’t take anything like the thirteen years this one took. Although it will probably be at least half that time period before anything else appears.

“My hope is we get in and knock out another record”, Carey tells Metal Hammer. “We have tons of material”.

So that’s all positive. He also notes that ‘Fear Inoculum’ is the final release in a five-album record deal it’s taken them the best part of three decades to fulfil. “This is the last record of a five-album deal, so that’s a good feeling and I hope that will be motivational in the writing processes”, he says. “There’s more motivation. The carrot on the stick has gotten larger because now we’ll be free agents – we don’t have to deal with a record company or if we do, we deal with it on our terms, because we can do whatever we want now”.

So that’s all very positive, but what about setting out some sort of timeframe? “It’s hard to say”, he continues. “We’re going to tour on this probably for two or three years at least, I imagine … There are no leftover Tool songs because of the process it takes to compose our songs [but] there’s tons of riffs and jams and things … It’ll take three years after touring [to put together another album]. That’s just the way it is with our band”.

So, hey, that’s five or six years straight away before there’ll be any chance of hearing anything. However, “it’s not going to take twelve years”, he says. “Or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I can’t pick up my sticks anymore”.

So there’s the scoop. There will be another Tool album at some point soon or not so soon, or maybe not at all. Spread the word.