We haven't written about the highly anticipated upcoming new Tool album since June, and this new update seems like a meaty one.
Tool spent two months in the studio in the spring, before heading back on the road to play live gigs and do intimate clinics. In that time, they were able to complete drum tracking. During the band's live shows, frontman Maynard James Kennan was even jokingly begging the band to finish up so he could record its parts. The June update revealed they were back in the studio.
Today, it's Maynard who offers the update, which is notable because Maynard is not one to make false promises. It seems all his "scratch" vocals or demo vocals were recorded a while ago and the band is finishing up guitar tracking before moving onto final vocal tracking – the last step in the recording process.
Update- Scratch Vox tracked awhile ago. AJ deep in Guitars now. Final Vox after. Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer. #TOOL #2019
— Maynard J Keenan (@mjkeenan) September 10, 2018
From there, as Maynard notes, it's then off to mixing and mastering. Maynard only has a few weeks to finish as he's about to hit the road with A Perfect Circle for a pretty extensive set of dates.
It seems like we won't be hearing new Tool this year, but next year seems to finally be the year.