The Shortest Song On Tool’s New Album Goes For 12 Minutes

As Tool fans continue to play a waiting game that’s been stretching on for what must surely be getting close to 10,000 Days by now, we’ve been given an – uh – interesting update about the apparent progress of their fifth studio LP.

This is some seriously third party info, but according to Team Rock, Melvins’ member Buzz Osborne has been privy to the band’s new tunes, and revealed that not a single track on their new disc is less than 12 minutes long.


According to the report, Osborne said: “They haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, guitar] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long.”

This may shed some light on why we’ve been waiting so long for the new album to materialise.

If Tool’s fifth record is even the minimum standard 10 tracks long, its running time will still be at least four times the length of your average LP, which I guess follows logically that it should take them at least four times as long to record?

Before today, the latest update we’d been given about the loooooooong-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days is that Guns N’ Roses member Chris Pitman was collaborating with Tool in the studio on at least one song.

Back in November, Jones described the band’s writing sessions as “wonderful”, adding that “Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done.”

At the time, frontman Maynard James Keenan had yet to join the rest of the band in the studio, instead waiting for the music to be finished before having a crack the album’s lyrics.

We’re not sure if that’s still currently the case, but either way, if the album is still in its pre-production phase, then it’s safe to say it’s still gonna be a while before it gets recorded and we non-Buzz Osbourne types get to hear any of it.

Best get comfy, you guys.






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