TOOL May Have Finally Announced Release Date For New Album
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
May 8, 2019
The long-awaited new album by Tool is coming out August 30 ... we think.
At the end of the band's recent concert in Birmingham, Alabama, its video screens displayed the Aug. 30 date to the delight of the audience. At around the same time, the band's official social media accounts followed suit.
As with anything Tool-related, the band offered no further clarifying statements on the matter — the band hasn't even deigned to announce the name of the new record — so fans are left to speculate.
Still, as singer Maynard James Keenan has made abundantly clear over the past two years, the band is well-aware of the anticipation around its fifth full-length studio album (it's first in 13 years).
But after battling writer's block, pressure and years of revisions, the band wants to get the album out just as much as fans want to hear it.
The indication of the release date follows the band's Internet-breaking debut of two new songs, believed to be titled "Descending" and "Invincible."
After Keenan's Tool band mates weren't prepared to complete the album two years ago, the singer returned to A Perfect Circle to record that band's acclaimed first new album in 14 years, Eat The Elephant.
Keenan publicly scoffed at Tool drummer Danny Carey's suggestion that the new Tool album would arrive this spring, noting that even after the record is mastered, finalizing artwork and printing it could take several additional months.
Posts from the band's social accounts and from guitarist Adam Jones suggested the album went in for mastering in March.
It appears the wait will be over late this summer.
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