The last time we heard any sort of update on the long-anticipated new Tool album, we heard that the band was done with all the arrangements, meaning most of the music was written. And, since April, we haven't heard much other than Maynard promoting his new book and comparing Donald Trump to Hitler.
But today, we do have an update on the new album and it comes from Melvins frontman Buzz Osbourne, of all people. While talking about the classic Melvins album, Stoner Witch, Buzz compared it to the process for the new TOOL album. Emphasis is ours:
Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great.
So, we know that there will be long epic songs. Could this be why Maynard said there were some problems moving forward? The songs are so long and epic that they are being nitpicky about every little thing? The bad news is obviously that after all this time, they still haven't begun recording. If they're being this meticulous with the songwriting, can you imagine what a headache they're going to give their engineers.
Either way, it seems like when it does come out, the new Tool album will be worth the wait! We leave you with a photo of Buzz, Adam and Mike Patton at Disney: