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TOOL Have (Finally?) Finished Tracking Drums For New Album

Another phase of the new album is complete.

Another phase of the new album is complete.

Tool have been in the studio for nearly two months recording the highly aniticpated follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days.  The band finally entered the studio in March after many delays including a crippling lawsuit.

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The prog metal masters  revealed they were once again working with Joe Barresi and announced they were testing sounds. Last week, we learned Tool were deep in drum tracking (which is typically the first phase of recording). Today, the band revealed drum tracking is basically done.

The band is certainly taking their sweet time recording this album, which is to be expected. So far, all we've heard is a sampling of a new song the band have been teasing forever, "Descending."

They will be leaving the studio on May 11th, because the instrumentalists in Tool are embarking on an exclusive clinic tour. That's when the instrumentalists of the band will go out on a clinic tour,with tickets having a $500 price tag. The band made it clear this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask band members whatever you want:

“First of all, KUDOS to those Tool enthusiasts who realize the unique opportunity of the upcoming music clinics and have secured their spot for the experience. As you might imagine, there has been a great response to these intimate forums and the limited number of tickets available to ToolArmy members went really fast.

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As of my writing this, there are still a small number of tickets for sale to the general public and these can be purchased via the links below. Again, I urge you to act fast so as not to miss out – the clinics also include a damn near personal performance of songs followed by the dissections of the tunes by its composers!

From email that I’ve received, it appears that some of you aren’t sure what exactly these clinics entail, and have been comparing them with the Meet and Greets hosted by Adam Jones in the past. As special as those events were, rest assured that the clinics are designed to be on an entirely different level.

As advertised, “A rare immersive dissection and performance with DANNY CAREY, JUSTIN CHANCELLOR & ADAM JONES,” here’s your chance to gain insight as to how the Tool machine works. Just about everything’s on the table: methods and processes behind the writing and arranging of their critically acclaimed albums, individual vision that goes into the overall mix of things, artistic and philosophical concepts behind their distinctive stage projections, videos, etc., as well as their thoughts on the current recording process.

But, you’ve got the green light to change things up – questions need not be of a technical nature; ask about their personal musical preferences and other subjects of interest. Believe me, they are varied!

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So, while you are there – seize the moment. Connect. Interact. Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned musician… or just someone who appreciates the band members and wants to know what makes them tick.

Ask that one question that you never thought you’ve have the chance to. Intermingle like you’re backstage. Chat with Tool about anything now that you will be among the very few people that ever have the opportunity to do so

This is also your chance to view up-close rare Tool memorabilia and receive exclusive commemorative merch that only you are privy to.”

So if this seems like the type of party for you, and you can afford it, tickets are now on sale. Here are the dates:

May 11 St. Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center
May 14 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
May 15 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
May 16 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 17 Columbus, OH Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
May 19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre

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[via ThePRP]

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