Work on Tool’s fifth album, the follow-up to 2006′s ’10,000 Days’, continues to progress slowly, and the band may now be as far as halfway through the writing process, according to the latest edition of their email newsletter.
In a message to fans, the band’s webmaster wrote: “Something that might be encouraging to some Tool enthusiasts is that while riding with Danny [Carey, drums] to Chili John’s yesterday, I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans Maynard [James Keenan, vocals]). This was the most new material that I’ve heard so far, although a few of the riffs and arrangements were familiar. So, what did I think? Dare I say that it sounded like… Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc have been added”.
He added: “To answer your next question, I cannot say how far along in the writing process the band is. If I had to GUESS, I would say more than half way (and keep in mind that in the past, at least, the writing went faster once the first few more complex songs were finished)”.
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