On November 18, 2016, one half of the longest and most annoying droughts in modern metal history ended when Metallica released their "double" (wink, wink) album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct." Clocking in at 77 minutes, just an ingrown hair over what a standard CD will comfortably hold, the record was divided into a double album- which became a triple when you bought the obligatory 3 CD version for the killer "Ronnie Rising" medley. $18 later and I had the first Metallica CD in 8 years, and Lars can go buy some more modern art or something. So what of the other half of that drought? Well, for fans of Tool, long gaps between studio albums is standard operating procedure. In a 27 year career, the band has managed to produce 4 LPs- all the while cultivating an unprecedented cult following. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? The band's 2006 release, 10,000 days, is now so old that it just signed up for AARP and can be spotted at IHOP at 6AM, demanding its senior discount. But is the inexcusably long wait between Tool albums about to be over? Tool's drummer, Danny Carey, says yes. In an interview with the Metal Sucks podcast last week, Danny was asked about comments made by Tool's bassist, Justin Chancelor, in which he indicated that a new Tool record WILL BE COMING in 2018. You can listen to the interview below, but be forewarned that the interview was conducted via telephone and it sounds like Danny's talking into a misshapen potato.
Or you could take my word for it and instead watch this pro-shot live performance of Tool performing Sober in '93. Choose wisely, Abyss... choose wisely.
Rage on! JPR