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Old 04-08-04, 02:45 PM
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New Tool album & DVD news!!

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The members of Tool aren't at all jealous of frontman Maynard James Keenan's commitment to his other band, A Perfect Circle. They enjoy the downtime. And when they get antsy, they can get to work on new ideas without having a hands-on singer getting in the way.

For months, drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor have been jamming together, and they've already got the framework for 10 to 12 new songs.

"They're very much in the infant stage, where we have all these different jams and we start piecing them together," Carey said. "There are no true arrangements yet. We like to develop ideas, but we don't want to solidify anything too much until Maynard gets involved."

Tool will continue to write as a trio until mid-June, when Keenan finishes touring with A Perfect Circle. Then they'll work through the songs with their singer for another two or three months before hitting the studio, Carey said. While it's too early to get an overall read on the new songs, Carey described the material as heavier and more intense than the group's last disc, 2001's Lateralus.

"There seems to be a little more brute force going on in the music, rather than being lighter and more intricate like some of the stuff on the last record," Carey said. "It still has quirky time changes, but so far we've been working on really heavy stuff."

In part, the aggressive vibe of the material has been a reaction to Tool's tours with thunderously intricate bands like Fantômas and Swedish death-prog band Meshuggah.

"[Fantômas singer] Mike Patton and [Fantômas/Slayer drummer] Dave Lombardo — those guys are a good, heavy influence," Carey said. "And we did most of the dates on our last tour with Meshuggah. They're incredibly heavy, so it was a good kick in the teeth playing with them."


Carey said he hopes the new Tool record will be ready for release by the end of the year, but he added that it may not be issued until early 2005 in order to avoid being lost in the Christmas shuffle.

In addition to rehearsing new songs from noon to 4 p.m. every day, Tool-minus-Maynard have also been putting together a DVD of footage from the Lateralus tour, which they plan to release this summer.

"It's going to be something really cool," Carey said. "It won't be just another band-playing-live video."

Tool are also editing footage of a lengthy conversation between themselves and Alex Grey, the psychedelic painter who created the artwork for Lateralus, for future release. "Alex is in the process of releasing a book on his function in the Lateralus tour with his artwork, so we're thinking we might release them as a package together," Carey said.

When he wasn't working with Jones and Chancellor, Carey spent his free evenings in his home studio writing and recording with Pigmy Love Circus, a band he originally played with before joining Tool. Following a reunion gig at the House of Blues in West Hollywood last year, Pigmy wrote the new record The Power of Beef, which Carey drummed on and produced.

"It's a good-time, straight-on power band," Carey said. "Tool is a lot more intricate and more dynamic, but there's nothing like playing full-ahead, balls-out, raw power, too, and I don't get to do that as much in Tool."

The Power of Beef is out June 8.
Seems like they are going heavy again!
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Re: New Tool album & DVD news!!

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Seems like they are going heavy again!
Indeed! And a new album perhaps by the end of this year!? I wasn't expecting anything new till at least the middle of next year! And finally the DVD...having just seen APC in concert, I can't even imagine how awesome a Tool concert must be.
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Sweet. I posted a while ago about the remaining three writing and working right now, but it didn't say anything about the heaviness. I'm going to guess the release will be around this time next year though. I can't wait!
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Looks like the DVD is set for this summer....which aint to far off!!!
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Sweet, good news all around.
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Something tells me they reached transcendence with Lateralus and are ready to come back down to Earth with some righteous anger in these dark times.

Maynard is a writer who knows how to get political without sinking the music at the same time. I hope he does. Bring back some of that Undertow vibe, you know what I mean?
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top notch news, looking forward to anything that they put together!
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Originally posted by Jepthah
Something tells me they reached transcendence with Lateralus and are ready to come back down to Earth with some righteous anger in these dark times.

Maynard is a writer who knows how to get political without sinking the music at the same time. I hope he does. Bring back some of that Undertow vibe, you know what I mean?
I've read on some Tool sites that some have heard the jams sounding of a Undertow/Lateralus sound to them.

And I agree Jepthah, I'm almost positive he'll bring some political metaphors for this album. Sort of what he did for "Pet" on a perfect circle's new album. He's seems to be in that mindset right now from the way he's been talking at concerts and in interviews.

Definetly pumped for this one!
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HOORAY ! ! !

now if i could just catch A Perfect Circle before they go on hiatus.
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I'll go on record as the (lone?) dissenting opinion - give me more progressive music! I really enjoyed Tool's evolution from Aenima to Lateralus, and I was hoping that progression would continue. No, I didn't want to see them turn into King Crimson, but getting away from the typical heavy stuff was what made them so unique.

I listen to Undertow less than the newer stuff since it seems so simplistic. I almost never break out Opiate anymore for the same reason.

*shrug* I'll still be first in line when the DVD and new album come out.
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Originally posted by flyersfan
I'll go on record as the (lone?) dissenting opinion - give me more progressive music! I really enjoyed Tool's evolution from Aenima to Lateralus, and I was hoping that progression would continue. No, I didn't want to see them turn into King Crimson, but getting away from the typical heavy stuff was what made them so unique.

I listen to Undertow less than the newer stuff since it seems so simplistic. I almost never break out Opiate anymore for the same reason.

*shrug* I'll still be first in line when the DVD and new album come out.
I agree to a point. I rarely listen to Undertow or Opiate as well. But you can still be "hard" and progressive at the same time I think. "The Grudge" is a fine example imo. If they could do a whole album that has the brute force, yet progressive sound that "The Grudge" has then I will be one happy person.
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I love every step of Tools career. I listen and love every recording. I'd love for the rumor of a 2 disc set to come true, meaning more progressive music. However, I'd like to see some of the aggression from Undertow and Opiate back into the music as well. We had a little of that with The Grudge and Ticks and Leeches, but pure heaven for me would be a whole album of solid Progressive Metal.

I think MJKTool and I are in agreeance hehe. That doesn't surprise me.
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I think MJKTool and I are in agreeance hehe. That doesn't surprise me.
Dude, The Grudge is arguably my favorite Tool song ever. If they could somehow make a whole album with the same type of flavor as that song.....well I'd be one happy man
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