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TOOL Unveil Unique Fear Inoculum Cover, More Details About The New Album

Posted by on August 5, 2019 at 12:07 pm

So much Tool news to report this morning. First off, the band just took to social media to finally unveil what the cover of the highly anticipated new album, Fear Inoculum, will be. Take a look:

Update: Listen to the first new Tool song in 13 years right here.

Additionally, the October 2019 issue of Guitar World features a new interview with Adam Jones and Jones spills all the beans on Fear Inoculum. Jones confirms the new album is looooong, 80 minutes long to be specific. He says there are seven tracks in total, and there are no songs that follow the standard radio single format – one song has a four minute guitar solo.

He also spoke of the role the number seven played in the recording process of the album, saying:

“I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin and I brought in were in seven. You don’t really go ‘I’m going to write a riff in seven!’

“You just write a riff and you count it out and it turns out to be in seven. Without being too descriptive about the concept, the main thing is that the seven beat just kept coming up, and riffs in seven kept coming up. It was really weird!

“When we finished recording, I went to the guys and said ‘I think we should call the record Volume 7’ because a lot of the songs are in seven and there are seven tracks on the record.

“Then Maynard told me about a whole concept he had about the number seven. We were all like, ‘Oh My God! This is too weird!’ Then Alex Grey [Tool album artist] basically said the same thing and he has a concept that will reveal itself through video.

“So there are a lot of rhythms and polyrhythms where we explore 7/4 or 7/3, and there’s a riff we count in 21 — which we count as three rounds of seven. I wrote a four-minute lead over something counted in 21, which is crazy!”

Tool's new album comes out August 30th. Update: Listen to the first new Tool song in 13 years right here.

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