Guitarist Adam Jones previously told fans that “music is done” and “lyrics [are] coming in hard”. It now seems that Keenan has been hard at work on those lyrics.
Keenan offered an update on Twitter and while he said that they are a, “long way from the finish line,” he’s getting closer.
He said that “after 11 years of begging” the rest of the band finally sent him all of the new songs bar one and he’s been working on them.
“Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them,” he said.
Guitarist Adam Jones added some information in an Instagram post that said the band will go into the studio to start recording in March.
He shared a post by Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach who listened to some of the new songs and said, “This is not just your average simple rock and roll music.”
“This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a Tool. Some tunes were so pummelling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! in fact they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long!”
Last year, drummer Danny Carey said that the album would be out in 2018 but Keenan shut it down and said that it won’t happen.
It’s now been 12 years since the band released their last album 10,000 Days and it seems we may be waiting 10,000 days for it to arrive.
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~ Huge fun & honor performing all the new tunes for Guinea pigs Sebastian & #KingBuzz b4 the recording starts in March. Still instrumentals with Mjk in town working on killer lyrics. Exciting! ————————–Repost from @sebastianbach @TopRankRepost #TopRankRepost How lucky am I? Spent yesterday getting my face melted by 3/4 of TOOL at the TOOL headquarters / rehearsal Studio. My very own private Tool show just missing the vocals! This is not just your average simple rock and roll music. This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric and right when you get into a groovy trance you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a TOOL. Some tunes were so pummelling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! in fact they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long! Just my idea of how to spend the perfect day! Thank you so much to my great friend Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor on bass for your hospitality! Danny Carey you are one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen in my life and such a nice fun dude! You are all inspirations to me & thank you so much for the great preview! I can only Imagine what the Majestic vocals of Maynard James Keenan would sound like on top of this music. If it's as delicious as his wine is, then I am buying this record for sure! 🎛️🔈🍷cheers guys ! It was also great to see Buzz Osbourne the guitar player for The Melvins, who I last saw backstage in Seattle (I think) when we were drinking beers with Chris Cornell decades ago. Always good to see someone still doing great so many years down the line! #Melvins #Tool #MathRock #Rehearsal #rock #survivors