13 years is a long time in the objective sense, but when you’re talking about years between new music released by a band, that’s an intense span of time. For Tool, that’s how long it’s been since 2006’s 10,000 Days album, but the band is back, officially … finally.
On Wednesday, the mercurial metal/progressive band fronted by Maynard James Keenan premiered the title track off its new album, Fear Inoculum, which will be out on August 30. In typical Tool fashion, the track leaves nothing behind: it spans 10 minutes and 22 seconds, is intensely atmospheric and features some captivating drum and percussion work.
The song basically serves as the band reminding fans that “Hey, yeah, we still sound like us! Remember?”
This comes at an uncharacteristically busy time for the historically sporadic band, as Tool’s entire back catalog just hit streaming platforms last week. And it did so with a bang: 2001’s Lateralus became iTunes’ most-downloaded album almost immediately upon hitting digital platforms.
As of now, the Fear Inoculum album will be made available digitally and as a limited-edition physical format which sounds confusing to read but is distinctly Tool in its eccentricity:
Tri-fold Softpack Video Brochure featuring: CD (79 minutes of music), 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, 36 page book + MP3 code (89 minutes of music).
Tool, an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990. The group’s line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band’s bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D’Amour.
Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.
To date, the band has released four studio albums, one EP and one box set. They emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow (1993), and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement, with the release of its follow-up album Ænima in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued, with Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006), gaining Tool critical acclaim, and commercial success around the world. The band’s fifth studio album, their first in thirteen years, will be released on August 30, 2019.