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The new Tool album has become a bit of a joke on metal blogs nowadays. For anyone who doesn’t know by now, Tool is the legendary prog-metal band from the 90s, and during their time, they released 4 extremely good records. Their last album was released almost 10 years ago, back in 2006, and almost directly afterwards, the band went on a bit of a hiatus in 2008. Ever since then, the band has been on and off again about the recording for a new album, where at one point it was hinted at being released sometime in 2013, and at another time, in early 2014. Eventually, it was revealed that the band had to put a hold on everything so that they could settle a legal dispute involving an insurance company and a former friend.

So now, It is the year 2015 A.D., and frontman Maynard James Keenan has come forward with more news about the state of the new album. Keenan issued an official statement via the band’s Facebook page, saying:

"I've been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my TOOL brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content 'soon.'"

"I'm as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can't rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Well, there’s not much being said here really, but at least we know that the album is definitely being worked on. Some progress is better than no progress, and maybe if the planets align, we can have the new Tool album by 2020! In all seriousness, the album could potentially be out by sometime next year, if Keenan is accurately representing the pace that the band is moving at.

In the meantime, check out this countdown of Maynard James Keenan's onstage outfits by Loudwire