ROCK BLOG: TOOL - Maynard working on vocals

February 19, 2017

Maynard James Keenan HAS begun working on vocals for their 5th studio album, according to Tool's official website.  This May will mark 11 years since 10,000 Days was released.

Over the past decade we have been teased and tortured with news of a new Tool album, only to be bummed when one wasn't created after all.  Could this time be for real?  This statement was released on Tool's official website on February 16th: 
"In speaking with Danny last night, he told me that the band has temporarily MOVED some of their gear into a larger space (across town) where MAYNARD is working on VOCALS for some of the new Tool material. I'm sure that he has already been doing this to some extent, but now he has more room to breathe and a better vocal booth."

I find it invigoratingly loyal how fans have never given up on Tool over the past decade.  The majority seem to just want more from the band.  This goes to show the sheer talent that Tool encompasses.  The reason for the lapse in album release?  Of course many rumors over the years have surfaced about why, but honestly, can we really presume to know what it's like to be someone else?  Their reasons are their own, and we can only be supportive of anything that may come about this time.

Let's take a trip back to each of Tool's 4 previous albums.  Their first studio album, Undertow (1993), materialized with a heavy metal sound, and eventually dominated the alternative metal genre.  Check out this footage from Key Arena in 2010.

Tool's second studio album, Ænima​ was released in 1996.  The song, "Forty Six & 2" conveys how human beings will evolve in the direction of acquiring a total of 48 chromosomes, instead of 46.

Tool's message of personal evolution continued with their 3rd studio album, Lateralus (2001).  Probably one of Tool's most popular songs, "Schism".

Finally, released in May of 2006 was 10,000 Days.  This album gained Tool worldwide commercial success.  

Again, let's hope for the best from Tool, staying supportive and thankful for everything they have created out of nothing, and brought into this world we live in.  I would love for my next Tool blog to be about a new album!  Much love!

- C.C.