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Danny Carey: Tool Already Have “Tons of Material” For Next Album


Tool drummer Danny Carey is modest when it comes to predicting how long it’ll be before Tool release their next album. Fans won’t have to wait another 13 years, he says… but be prepared to wait at least five!

Tool, you see, already have “tons of material” for their next record, he says. But he’s quick to qualify that statement, explaining that Tool’s writing process centers around taking riff ideas or patterns written by individual band members and then stitching them together and re-working them as a group. It’s those individual ideas, not finished songs, that Tool already have “tons” of, presumably leftovers from the years leading up to Fear Inoculum.

Speaking to Metal Hammer, here’s what he said:

“My hope is we get in and knock out another record. We have tons of material. It’s not going to take 12 years, or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I probably can’t pick up my sticks any more! But my hope is we’ll do another record and just keep moving forward.”

“There are no leftover Tool songs because of the process it takes to compose our songs. The way we hash it out in a room with all three or four of us, that there’s tons of riffs and jams and things. But there’s no put-together songs that are sitting in the eaves.

“It’ll take a process of doing it. And if we do do another album, it’ll take three years after touring. That’s just the way it is with our band.”

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Figure Tool will tour actively on Fear Inoculum for two years (at least), which means, if Danny’s estimate is accurate (it probably isn’t), we could be looking at another new Tool album some time in 2024.

Given all the band went through on the path to Fear Inocolum, though, I’d have to imagine it’ll end up taking longer (even if there are no lawsuits slowing them down this time), as always tends to be the case with this band.

But you guys know there’s plenty of other rad music out there, right? Fire up Spotify and take the discovery tool (no pun intended) for a spin.

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