It's funny looking back at our coverage of the long-anticipated new Tool album and seeing headlines like Maynard Says No New TOOL Album In 2013 and Drummer Danny Carey Says No New TOOL Album Until 2014, because it's 2016 and we still don't have an album.
Last month, frontman Maynard James Keenan said "we've found common ground, we just can't move forward," in regards to new music. What that means, I do not know. But I do know that earlier today, the moderator of Tool's website posted an update, saying he visited the band's rehearsal loft and they are approaching the end of recording the music aspect:
"At this stage of the writing/arranging process… there are only a couple of 'shorter' songs left to complete (?), along with a segue or two or three." He added, "Of course, we need to keep in mind any changes that might be needed to accommodate the vocals, etc., once all of the arrangements are finished."
Of course, the way the band works is that everybody but Maynard jam and come up with material and then Maynard comes in and adds his vocals. Maynard has been adamant in saying he can't start his section of work until the rest of the band are done.
So, I'm not holding my breath for new Tool in 2016, but maybe 2017?