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.