American rock group Tool are back in the recording studio working on their long-awaited fifth album.
The band also confirmed that singer Maynard James Keenan has joined the group for the recording sessions.
Tool are generally referred to as a style-transcending act, incorporating progressive, alternative and psychedelic rock.
Earlier this month, the rockers announced plans to work on a new LP, their first since 2006’s 10,000 days. The band stated that the writing and arranging session had “been progressing rather nicely.”
After several lawsuits that cost the group “millions and millions and millions” and a lack of involvement from frontman Maynard James Keenan, the eight year drought looks like it’s coming to an end.
Guitarist Adam Jones spoke to Rolling Stone about the upcoming record. “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”
Jones posted a photo on Instagram showing all the members of the band together in the studio.
Previously Maynard told Rolling Stone he waits for the band to record the music, then goes to to lay down his vocals. “I don’t write the music. They write the music. I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process.”
The band said they’d like to have the album recorded by the end of the year, fingers crossed there aren’t anymore delays.