It appears TOOL are looking to hit the studio sometime next year to begin work on new studio album
In a recent interview on “The Vinyl Guide” podcast, Justin Chancellor, the bassist of the band TOOL, 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 (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “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.”
Over the past weekend, TOOL took the headline spot at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, and also graced the stage at the historic Power Trip festival in Indio, California.
Currently, TOOL is on a tour, which includes a series of dates, marking their first performances in Canada since 2019. The opening act for all the remaining shows in 2023 is STEEL BEANS.
The release of TOOL‘s most eagerly awaited album of this era, “Fear Inoculum,” came in August 2019, debuting impressively at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The album garnered widespread critical acclaim, with NPR stating that “‘Fear Inoculum‘ was worth the 13-year wait.” Revolver hailed it as “a masterpiece destined for years of dissection,” while Consequence noted that the release showcased TOOL at the peak of their performance.
Last year, TOOL treated fans to “Opiate2,” a reimagined and extended version of the title track from their 1992 EP, along with an accompanying short film, marking the band’s first new video release in 15 years. Additionally, the band introduced the Ultra Deluxe edition of “Fear Inoculum” on vinyl, a limited offering that featured five 180-gram vinyl discs adorned with unique etchings and accompanied by an elaborate pictorial booklet filled with previously unseen artwork.