Tool wins drawn out lawsuit – records new album

For Tool fans, waiting seemingly endless amounts of time between album releases is par for the course given that the band has only made four records in more than twenty years. Their last outing, 2006’s “10,000 Days” was one of their finest, and now it seems the light at the end of the tunnel may finally be a glimmer, as the band has settled a lawsuit that has been preventing them from creating music for years.

As we reported last summer, Tool found themselves locked in a lawsuit that involved everything from their recordings to their artwork to their insurance, and that while the suit was pending, it could impact any further work they did as a band. Due to this, no new music or even sessions were undertaken, so the group could protect any future work. As guitarist Adam Jones said, “We would have had an album out a long time ago, we would have been taking more tours. But we’ve been discouraged and distracted by this major lawsuit, which is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us.”

Though the case had stalled for years, it finally made its way to a judge earlier this month, and that it has now been settled in their favor, and “having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.”

In regards to the sonic direction, the band already has nearly a dozen songs in the works, and the tracks in question are, “really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool.” Yet vocalist Maynard James Keenan has had little involvement to this point, as he rarely begins his parts before the band has had plenty of time to work and rework the musical arrangements.

While news of new work will no doubt send fans into a frenzy, Jones made it clear that there is still a large amount of work to be done, and that the record may not be complete for another year. Most of the band members have families and side projects, but he assured fans that, “we’re writing and working hard, but we’ve gotten to a point where we’re relaxed and we’re meeting occasionally to get the writing done instead of every day.”

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