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 album ‘progressing nicely’ says Maynard James Keenan

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has given an update on progress of the band’s new album.

Sharing the info via Tool’s Facebook page, Keenan says: “I’ve been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my TOOL brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon.'”

He adds: “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days. Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last year that complex law suits surrounding album artwork and the band’s insurance company had delayed them starting work on new material.

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Tool and Mastodon men join forces in new supergroup

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Tool drummer Danny Carey and Mastodon vocalist and guitarist Brent Hinds have come together in a “wacky nautical-themed supergroup” under the moniker Legend Of The Seagullmen.

The band also features OFF!’s Dimitri Coats and movie director Jimmy Hayward producing.

According to a recent feature in Rolling Stone, the Seagullmen concept is the brainchild of Frank, Chris and David Dreyer “who have put on appropriately theatrical concerts and made movies about the band’s long-running legend in recent years.”

The band’s imaginative history concerns a 400,000 year old story of pirates, sailors, a rock band and numerous mystical sea creatures.

The Seagullmen have so far released two suitably sea-worthy songs, “The Deep-Sea Diver” and “Ships Wreck”. You can listen to both via the streams below:

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Tool confirm that work on new album is progressing

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Tool have confirmed that work on their new album is progressing slowly but surely.

Posting an update on their Facebook page, the band said: “Starting the new year off on a positive note, Adam arrives at the Loft with an ending for an arrangement, and gets the nod of approval by the others. As long as they don’t start with the ending, that’s good news!”

Tool’s last album was their 2006 release 10,000 Days. Last July frontman Maynard James Keenan explained that complicated legal action was the primary reason behind the nine year wait for new music:

“The band paid my best friend to do some artwork, then he decided to sue us,” he said.

“It can be a struggle to write music together. But this time it has been really draining and put a lot of pressure on us. I feel like we’ve been completely abandoned and it’s been totally unnecessary.”

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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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