In a video making its rounds on the internet, Danny Carey, drummer for the legendary Tool, let it slip that the band’s new album could be making its way to shelves this April. The video was recorded during a meet-and-greet at the National Association of Music Merchants convention (best known as NAMM), where he was promoting Paiste drums.
In the video, the fan eases into the conversation, talking about Carey’s displayed drum kit before casually bringing up the new album. Carey then tells him that the album will be out “mid-April…,” quickly followed by “that’s the plan anyway.”
It has been 12 years since Tool released their last album, 10,000 Days, in 2006. Though the band had reportedly started work on a new album in 2008, they have also experienced a lot of ups and downs in its writing and recording process. Last year, we got some definitive news on its progress when frontman Maynard James Keenan announced that the band had finished writing the words and melodies for the album and had entered the studio to record. During a tour stop in May, Carey said that all of his drum parts for the album were finished. Earlier this month, Keenan said that he was finished recording his vocal parts “months ago” and that the album was being mixed.
Additionally, A Perfect Circle released their new album, Eat the Elephant, in 2018, 14 years apart from their previous album. Keenan also has plans to release a new Puscifer album in 2020.
Even without an official album announcement, Tool still has a handful of shows lined up for the spring and summer, including festival appearances at Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter Festival, and the Chicago Open Air, as well as a European tour in June.