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This is What New Tool Music Will Sound Like


Tool 2001It’s still gonna be a while before we get to hear any new Tool music, whatwith an ongoing lawsuit involving allegedly stolen artwork and presumably crooked insurance companies dragging the band down, and writing sessions still very much in their early stages. But guitarist Adam Jones recently spoke to Metal Hammer [via Metal Insider] about what the next album is going to sound like, and… well, read for yourself:

We’re always on an experimental path. We never think about what worked on the last record or what’s good on the radio right now. It’s a selfish process, we just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time, this riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago. We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I’ll tell you this – there’s a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it’s an odd number, that’s really exciting. Rosetta Stoned had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There’s some really light stuff going on but there’s also a lot of heavy stuff in there too.

It isn’t much, but at this point we’ll eat up any updates about new Tool music — it’s been eight friggin’ years since 10,000 Days came out — and, at the very least, I just learned something new about Tool’s writing process. Riffs? 7/4? Really light stuff and a lot of heavy stuff? So, basically, the new album is going to sound like Tool. Shocker!

Here’s “Rosetta Stoned” if you feel like counting out time signatures on your fingers this morning:

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