It feels like it's been 10,000 days since Tool's last album 10,000 Days was released in 2006 (really it's only been like 2,000 days). Needless to say, Tool fans are ready for new music from the band. Frontman Maynard James Kennan has been making the rounds promoting the new Puscifer album, his solo project, where he was able to release two of those albums in the time that his main moneymaker isn't even putting one out. What the hell is taking so long? Well, somebody recently asked Maynard what the deal is, and he calmly explained:
Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Kennan said the rest of the band is in writing mode and he is waiting for them to finish their process before he can begin his:
"I'm allowing them their space to do what they do, so we're still in that mode. Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn't tell you because if I say 60 percent, people will start counting down. When it's done, everyone will know. But I haven't done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We're writing. We're writing vocals. But nothing's solid. With Puscifer, there's ideas and then we'll record stuff … but with Tool, we practice jams, but there's no actual recording going on until it's time to record."
You have to hand it to the band. They're not going to rush their art. They work at their own pace and will release music when it's good and ready, because they know they have a huge fanbase just salivating for anything they put out. I would say based on this, late 2012 is a very optimistic timeline to hear new music from these guys.
For now, we can all watch Adam Jones performing the Star Spangled Banner at WWE Summerslam this year.