TOOL bassist Justin Chancellor unboxes the reissue of the band’s iconic “Undertow” album
TOOL is currently on tour until mid-November, with additional tour dates scheduled for 2024. Excitingly, they have introduced an exclusive merchandise item available solely at their live shows. TOOL is offering a limited edition CD version of their 1993 debut album, “Undertow,” with only 7,000 numbered copies produced for sale during this and next year’s tours.
What makes this release particularly intriguing is that TOOL‘s bassist, Justin Chancellor, took the lead in overseeing the artistic direction for this reissue. Notably, “Undertow” was the band’s sole full-length album featuring bassist Paul D’Amour.
The reissue comes complete with a sleeve band, a velcro envelope-style casing, a comprehensive artbook, a detachable lenticular postcard image, and a commemorative coin tucked away at the back of the book. While reports on Reddit suggest the reissue is priced at a substantial $500 per copy, no images of the CD at the merchandise booths have surfaced as yet.
You can watch a video of Chancellor unboxing this special reissue below.
In terms of new music from TOOL, it appears that plans are in the works for studio time once the band’s 2024 tour concludes.
In a recent interview on “The Vinyl Guide” podcast, Chancellor was questioned about whether he and his fellow band members have commenced the creative process for their upcoming album, which would follow their 2019 release, “Fear Inoculum.”
He responded: “We’ve got many ideas cooking. We haven’t recorded anything yet. But we’re quite busy until — I guess until after the spring of next year touring. So once that’s done, we’re gonna get back in the studio and knuckle down and put some of it together. We’ve already had a few pretty decent sessions of writing. So we’ve got the ingredients in place. We’ve just gotta really bang it out and spend that time when we’re not touring.”
When asked if there are any ideas that were recorded during songwriting sessions for previous albums that haven’t been released yet, Justin said: “Yeah, tons from the last album. We have tons of ideas, but not recorded to the standard we’d put on an album. Just kind of, I’d say, lots of demoed stuff. And then just tons of ideas just kind of stored away.”
Watch Justin (@lobalorning) unbox the limited edition Undertow reissue CD, with art curated by Justin himself! This is only available at Tool’s 2023 and 2024 tour dates (tickets on sale now).— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) October 13, 2023
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