Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan offered up perhaps his most concrete statement to date regarding the band’s long-awaited new album, which is currently being recorded.
While accepting the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Icon Award at a ceremony in London, England on Monday night (June 11th), Keenan said, “A lot of work’s being done, a lot of work’s been done. I’ll go on record now saying you’re gonna see some new music next year.”
Keenan’s comment came just a day after a post on Tool’s official Facebook page revealed a picture from the studio showing bassist Justin Chancellor‘s equipment. The caption read, “Justin’s bass setup in the studio. Sounds like he is making great progress recording in ‘a great studio.'”
Drummer Danny Carey has already laid down his drum parts, meaning that Chancellor will be followed by guitarist Adam Jones in the studio, with Keenan coming in last to record his vocals.
The last Tool LP, 10,000 Days, arrived 12 years ago in 2006. After touring behind that album for a couple of years and then taking a break, legal issues, illness, a drawn-out writing process and other challenges kept the band from entering the studio until this past March.
Keenan has also been busy recording and touring with A Perfect Circle, whose own long-delayed new album Eat The Elephant came out in April.