Tool Time: band break records as guitarist explains album delay

Posted by on August 13, 2019

Tool’s entire back catalog has been available on digital streaming platforms for eleven days now as all four full-length records have officially re-entered the Billboard 200. In fact, all four albums are within Billboard’s top twenty. 1996’s Ænima has made its way on the top ten list at #10. This marks the group’s sophomore effort featured in the top 10 for the second time since it peaked at #2 back in 1996. Next up is 2001’s Lateralus has re-entered at #16, 2006’s 10,000 Days comes in at #18 and 1993’s Undertow has re-entered the chart at #19. Meanwhile, the band’s 1992 debut EP Opiate has finally arrived on the Billboard 200 at #59. 

In more Billboard charts, Tool’s first song in 13 years with “Fear Inoculum” has landed in the Billboard Hot 100 at #93. This marks Billboard’s lengthiest Hot 100 hit as the song’s duration is 10:21. “Fear Inoculum” joins other lengthy tunes that has hit the Billboard Hot 100 such as Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” (8:55), and David Bowie’s “Blackstar” (9:57).

Tool has also landed on the new Rolling Stone’s daily Charts. Tool’s “Sober” hit Rolling Stone Top 100 songs at #79 with 2.3 Million song streams. Top cities include Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, and Phoenix, AZ.

Ænema has reached #9 on Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums at #9 with 16.4k album sales, 48.8k song sales, and 11.3 Million song streams. Top songs include “Forty Six & 2,” “Stinkfist,” and “Ænema.”

Lateralus comes in at #14 on Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums with 14.1k album sales, 30.6k song sales, and 9.9 Million streams. Top songs include “Schism,” “Lateralus,” and “Parabola.”

10,000 Days lands at #17 on Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums with 12.7K album sales, 24.3k song sales, and 8.3 Million streams. Top songs include “The Pot,” “Vicarious,” and “Jambi.”

Undertow lands at #18 on Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums with 12.6k album sales, 32.3k song sales, and 6.7 million streams. Top songs include “Sober,” “Prison Sex,” and “Undertow.”

Opiate lands at #72 with 8.5k album sales. Top songs include: “Opiate,” “Sweat,” and “Hush.”

Tool have also made it to Rolling Stone top 500 artists chart landing at #18 with 38.5 Million streams. 

The group are still going strong on the iTunes Charts with “Fear Inoculum” at #14, “Schism” at #46, “Forty Six & 2” at #50, “Stinkfist” at #57, and “Ænema” at #80 on iTunes Songs charts. 2001’s Lateralus lands at #6 on iTunes Album Charts

Tool guitarist Adam Jones recently spoke to Revolver about the band’s new album Fear Inoculum, which is scheduled to arrive on August 30th. Jones went into detail on what took so long for the new album to arrive as he expressed he “felt anxiety” over frontman Maynard James Keenan for being blamed for the album delay:

Thank you for not saying, “Your album is 12 years in the making.” [Laughs] But yeah, it has been a while. I never felt pressure, though. I felt anxiety because they would blame our singer, and it’s not his fault. We all have our own things going on lives, families, other projects, other interests — so it’s ready when it’s ready. But I appreciate the dedication from our fans — the very strong dedication. [Laughs] But the record turned out cool and it’s very different than our last record. I think that’s what we all wanted. 

While it took the group quite a few years to come together, their overall recording process hasn’t changed much. 

Jones explained:

“The writing is the same, and that’s the thing I really like about it. We really suffer for our art which you should do. If it’s worth having, it’s worth suffering for. We’re not trying to worry about if it’s going to be accepted or is it gonna be like the last record. You take the same path but then go on a different path and then just make sure the four of us are happy. It’s a reflective process.”

Read the full interview here







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