Tool open up about the reason behind the lengthy delay in releasing their new album
Tool have opened up about the reasons behind the lengthy delay in releasing the follow-up to their 2006 record 10,000 Days.
The acclaimed prog-rockers, who have never been prolific when it comes to releasing new music, had thought to be nearing completion on their new album. But, speaking in Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones has revealed that the album is still a long way off, with only one song close to being finished.
Jones also revealed that the hold-up for the release is largely down to a complex lawsuit, stemmed from a claim made by a former associate of the band.
It seems in 2007, a friend of the guitarist claimed he had created artwork for the band and that he wanted credit for it. The lawsuit then got more complicated when an insurance company that Tool thought would defend it against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. Seven years later it's still continuing, with the case now scheduled to go to trial in January.
Speaking about this, drummer Danny Carey said: "The whole thing is really depressing. The bad thing is it's really time consuming. As we've gotten older and our priorities have changed, it's hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there's lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out."
He continued: "It's costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us," Jones adds. "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."
Carey did reveal that the new songs the band have been working on are "a little more metal sounding", while Jones added: "Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I'm really happy about that. It's not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy."
The band added that they hope to have "something solid recorded by the end of the year."
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