Tool Talk New Album at Fan Clinic Event

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 14, 2018

Not long after sharing a snippet of new music, members of Tool have now shed a bit more light on their long-awaited fifth LP.

Last Friday (May 11), guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor discussed the new record during the Q&A portion of the evening. As attendees on Reddit recalled [via Consquence of Sound], Tool confirmed that every song on the album is over 10 minutes in length and that Carey's drum parts have already been recorded.

Chancellor added that he plans to track bass upon finishing the band's upcoming run of festival appearances, followed by Jones' guitars. Vocalist Maynard James Keenan will record last.

The three members also played attendees another snippet of new music, which one attendee described as drummer Carey playing "a modular synth going along with some politically charged vocal sample in the beginning and jamming a drum solo along with it."

Tool were also asked why their live set doesn't change between tours. Reddit user cooltoolguy summarized the band's answer as follows:

As you can imagine, there was a lengthy response. To summarize: if Justin, Adam, and Danny feel sick or they're hungover, they can still perform. Maynard, as the vocalist, is simply unable to do so. Certain songs are fucking horrible for his voice. If they want to do these difficult songs, they have to make adjustments like lowering the pitch in which Maynard sings. See: The Pot. Also, songs that they related to and wrote when they were young and angry just don't translate to who they are today. They feel as if performing certain songs would be like acting like they are who they were 30 years ago and it wouldn't have integrity.

Further Tool clinics will be held in Chicago, Indianapolis, Royal Oak, Columbus and Cleveland. Revisit the band's last teaser here.

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