Tool fans got the shock of their lives on Monday morning when Google sent out a news alert announcing that the band’s new album had been released. The alert read, “IllutionWorld by Tool was released today,” prompting an online frenzy as fans scurried to find out the deal — but it wasn’t exactly what they hoped for.
It turns out that IllutionWorld is a musical effort, only not by a progressive heavy rock act but by a rapper named TOOL$ who posted it on Soundcloud.
Fans reacted strongly on Twitter, with one writing, “Google nearly gave me a heart attack,” while another got right to the point and said, “OK @Google, go f**k yourself.”
Tool finally entered the studio this spring to record the band’s first album in more than 12 years. Legal issues, illness, a drawn-out writing process and other challenges kept the band from entering the studio until this past March. The yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days is set to be released sometime in early 2019.