Maynard James Keenan: work on new Tool album ‘can’t move forward’

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Unleash the memes! Work on Tool’s new album appears to have been put on hold.

Speaking to the Press Enterprise website, frontman Maynard James Keenan has said: ““We’ve found a common ground – we just can’t seem to move forward.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days. Guitarist Adam Jones previously explained that a protracted legal battle had kept the band from forging ahead with new material, but predicted that progress would be much speedier following the conclusion of the tussle.

As recently as November last year, Jones confirmed that Tool were working on as many as 20 new songs, saying: “Things are really flowing and going really well. I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I can’t wait for it to be done.”

It seems that the wait might be a bit longer yet.

Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan is currently on tour with his other band, Puscifer, who will be heading across the ocean in May for their first ever European shows:

May 30th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31st: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02nd: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06th: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07th: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09th: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12th: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13th: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15th: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16th: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden

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Tool return to the studio

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Rumours are rife that Tool are back in the studio following a picture of the band in a mixing room being posted on guitarist Adam Jones’ instagram account.

The picture shows Jones and bandmates Maynard James Keenan, Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey in an undisclosed recording studio and is accompanied by the hashtag #SmokeOnTheHorizon.

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The band have only recently spoken of their frustration at the long delays in recording their new album, brought about as the result of a complex lawsuit filed against them by a former collaborator.

Speaking with Rolling Stone earlier in the year, Jones said: “The fans are pissed at us. And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on.”

Danny Carey added: “I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year. But we’ll see how it goes. I thought that last year, too. But we’re making great progress. We’ve really knocked out a lot of good things, especially over the last month. We’re all excited about it.”

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Tool tied up in legal wrangle delaying new material

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Tool have spoken out in interview with Rolling Stone saying they know fans are “pissed” that they haven’t released new material.

The band’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006, and many have been clamoring for new music ever since.

But now drummer Danny Carey and guitarist Adam Jones have revealed a complex set of legal proceedings, blaming them for the lack of a new album. The litigation has all stemmed from events that happened in 2007, when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for Tool and wanted credit for doing so.

This led to an insurance firm that the band felt would defend them in the resulting case turning around and suing them too.

Said Jones: “The fans are pissed at us. And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on.”

“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us. And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.”

“But the point is, we’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.”

The band have been writing and recording, added Carey, saying that they have completed at least one song. He described it as around 10 minutes long and more “metal” sounding than their previous work.

“I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year. But we’ll see how it goes,” said the drummer. “I thought that last year, too. But we’re making great progress. We’ve really knocked out a lot of good things, especially over the last month. We’re all excited about it.”

The court case is due to be heard in January 2015.

You can watch the video for song “Vicarious” from Tool’s album 10,000 Days below:

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