Tool fans can end the speculation and begin the anticipation, as the band have confirmed that they are in the recording studio working on pre-production for their new album with Tool and Queens of the Stone Age engineer Joe Barresi. The band previously worked with Barresi on their 2006 album 10,000 Days and official recording sessions are expected to begin in the near future.
The band’s guitarist Adam Jones has been teasing new music by the band in recent months, even posting a complete setup of his gear on Instagram. Other artists such as Tom Morello have claimed to have heard pieces of instrumentals which has generated even more buzz.
A newly shared update on the band’s official website toolband.com explains, “Who’s ready for some major breaking news? Brace yourself; get ready… okay, here we go. We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of TOOL and prog-metal enthusiasts in general. After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest.
For the past few days the band members have been getting sonically adjusted to their new surroundings – dialing in the equipment settings and restaurant catering choices – in preparation for Danny to begin his tracking any time now – perhaps by the time that you read this!
I am also excited to announce that ‘evil’ JOE BARRESI will once again have his capable fingers at the engineering controls for what will certainly be another masterful TOOL offering by the talented team. Pinch yourself if you want, but I have been told that all systems are GO at this point for the upcoming sessions.
I will be posting periodic bits and pieces on the progress of the tracking once the guys get deeper into the recording process, and hope that all of you will keep checking back to the official website for these updates. In the meantime, be sure to also visit the individual band members’ sites and socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) for more inside glimpses as TOOL prepares for the next stage in their musical odyssey.”
The band have released what are considered to be four classic albums up to this point; 10,000 Days, 2001s Lateralus, 1996s Aenima and 1993s Undertow. They have one of the most dedicated fanbases in music and a new album will be met with a rabid display of excitement.