Fear Inoculum, the first album from prog/metal masters Tool since 2006, is a challenging record. The song lengths stretch into double-digits on nearly every track, which automatically requires significant attention from the listener.
The album, released on Aug. 30 to heightened anticipation, is also a masterful piece of enigmatic art from an ensemble of musicians known for precisely that. And in keeping with the plot, Tool released the album in a limited-edition CD format with built-in speakers and an audio/visual presentation that ran for roughly $70 online and was made available in limited quantities.
On Dec. 13, the album will be released in a new format — an expanded version with “exclusive graphics, an expanded 56 page booklet with additional never-before-seen art, a download of the groundbreaking immersive visual experience (video), “Recusant Ad Infinitum,” and a CD.” Pre-orders are up now for this new version at this link, and the price is $34.98 — so about half of what the original, limited CD press ran for online.
— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) November 13, 2019
This news comes as Tool also recently extended its North American tour dates supporting the album, after a few weeks of sold-out gigs and, we must add, a breathtaking audio/visual spectacle, as the show was at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The sold-out dates:
November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
November 25 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
And the newly-added shows, beginning in January 2020:
January 10 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
January 12 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
January 15 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
January 17 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
January 18 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
January 21 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
January 22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
January 28 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
January 29 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
January 31 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 1 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center