It seems exceedingly strange to see so much activity out of the band Tool, but with a long awaited new album, Fear Inoculum, set for release on August 30, the time has come. Finally.
On Monday, the notoriously mercurial band revealed more concrete details about the new record. Namely, that its title track will premiere on Wednesday, August 7, along with album pre-order information and more.
FEAR INOCULUM. Title Track and Album Pre-Order Wednesday August 7th. Links will be posted tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6th on our Band URL and Social Accts. #tool2019
Guitarist Adam Jones revealed a bit more about the album in a chat with Guitar World — specifically, that it’ll feature seven tracks and span 85 minutes, making this another collection of long, layered songs from the band.
Via Loudwire: “I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin [Chancellor] and I brought in were in seven,” Jones explains. “You don’t really go, ‘I’m going to write a riff in seven!’…Without being too descriptive about the concept, the main thing is that the seven beat just kept coming up, and riffs in seven kept coming up. It was really weird!”
This comes on the heels of the band’s back catalog showing up on digital streaming platforms for the first time — when Opiate, Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days made their debuts on Friday.
In typically sarcastic fashion, Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan issued the following statement about the digital reinvention:
“Our obsession with, and dream of, a world where BetaMax and Laser Disc rule has ended,” says Maynard James Keenan. “Time for us to move on. But never fear. There’s a brand new thing we think you’re really gonna dig. It’s called Digital Downloads and Streaming. Get ready for the future, folks!”
Stay tuned! Check out the band’s eccentric official site while you wait.