Throngs of Tool devotees lost their shit when guitarist Adam Jones told a few fans that the band’s new album was done and that it would be out soon – then he tacked on an excruciating “just kidding.”
But don’t hate the player, hate the game. The real reason why we’re not listening to a new Tool album is because the band is embroiled in an epically sloppy series of legal woes. There’s only so little the metal prog-rockers can do; it doesn’t look like the storm of suits and countersuits will end any time soon.
Back in 2007, an associate sued the band over due credit for some artwork. Tool thought their insurance company would have their back, however the company turned around and sued the band based on some technicalities in the case. Tool then countersued against the insurer’s claim and, seven years later, the band is still in the thick of it. Tool finally wanted to come clean to their fans in a new interview with Rolling Stone:
“The whole thing is really depressing,” Carey says. “The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.”
“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us,” Jones adds. “And the fans are all going, 'We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.
Despite the unfortunate legal scenario, the band is steadily writing music, described as “heavy” by Jones and drummer Danny Carey:
“Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste,” Jones says. “There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”
“It’s all a little more 'metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey says with a laugh. “I’m having fun drumming on it. There is one other song [beyond the 10-minute tune] that I would say is pretty much there. It’s another one that’s pretty gnarly with some good double-kick [drumming] going on in it.”