Tool‘s webmaster has shed more light on the creative process behind the band’s long-awaited new studio album, its first in what will eventually be more than a decade. The webmaster, Blair McKenzie Blake, is close to the band and has been allowed to hear some of the music the group is working on. Asked how much he has heard, Blake responded, “Over the years I have mostly heard sections of what I believe will be the longest track on the album . . . I would say that I’ve heard about 30 minutes of music altogether.”

Although he could hear more, Blake said, “I would actually prefer to wait until the vocals are added because, for me, at least, that’s when everything really comes together. As I’ve said many times, the individual contributions of each band member is essential to creating the distinctive Tool sound.”

  • As for the amount of time it’s taken for Tool to begin work on a new record, Blake said, “If it were just about money, it would be easy for Tool to crank out a mediocre album . . . I would like to think that — even if they don’t have as much energy as they did when they were much younger (?) — they are trying their hardest to outdo themselves, wanting each new album to be better than the last one.”
  • He added that the instrumental members of the band “sit for hours in soul-crushing L.A. traffic four days a week in order to get to the loft where they work tirelessly writing/arranging new music.”
  • In an interview late last year, guitarist Adam Jones gave an update on the album, saying, “Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together.”
  • But more recently, singer Maynard James Keenan said about the project, “We’ve found a common ground. We just can’t seem to move forward.”
  • May 2nd will mark the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the last Tool album, 10,000 Days.

CHECK IT OUT: Read Blake’s musings here

ASK YOUR LISTENERS:

  • Should Tool communicate with their fans directly instead of through a webmaster all the time?
  • No matter how long it takes — even 10 years — is a new album from your favorite band worth the wait if it’s amazing? Would you accept a “lesser” album that came out quicker?
  • Is 10 years just a ridiculous amount of time either way to wait for a new record from anyone?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire — agree or not?

Christian McClain wrote: “And in the meantime, while the other three members of Tool struggle for ages to come up with an hours worth of music, Maynard will record another Puscifer album, EP, and remix album and EP, do another tour with A Perfect Circle, release an authorized biography, appear in weird indie films, and make wine.”

Matthew Spanky-Howard wrote: “Maybe this whole ‘prog rock’ thing isn’t for Tool. If it takes you this long to put together one album, maybe it’s not for you! I, for one, would be fine and dandy with a decent sized library of albums along the lines of Opiate and Undertow. I LOVE Lateralus and 10,000 Days, but having to wait a decade, give or take, to get that sort of album seems ridiculous.”

Emanuel Mandel wrote: “As it has been with Tool since their first album, their devotion to sincerity is what often sets them apart. They’re exactly where they should be with their craft. Judging by the canon of music they’ve contributed thus far, they’re well qualified to make the distinction when their work is finished.”