Tool may have another album in them yet, at least according to drummer Danny Carey.

In a new interview with Metal Hammer Magazine, Carey talked about the band’s new album, Fear Inoculum, including what’s next for them now that it’s been released. When asked about what the future holds, he indicated that fans can most likely expect touring and possibly more music:

“It’s hard to say. We’re going to tour on this probably for two or three years at least, I imagine. It feels like what we’ve done on every album, and then I guess we’ll see where we’re sitting after that.”

He continues:

“My hope is we get in and knock out another record. We have tons of material. It’s not going to take 12 years, or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I probably can’t pick up my sticks any more! But my hope is we’ll do another record and just keep moving forward.”

The motivation to record another album is also there. Now that Fear Inoculum is out, the band is done with their five-album contract, making them free agents.

“The carrot on the stick has gotten larger because now we’ll be free agents — we don’t have to deal with a record company or if we do, we deal with it on our terms, because we can do whatever we want now.”

Though they have the material and the motivation, don’t expect new music that quickly.

“There are no leftover Tool songs because of the process it takes to compose our songs – the way we hash it out in a room with all three or four of us, that there’s tons of riffs and jams and things. But there’s no put-together songs that are sitting in the eaves.”

Carey continues: 

“It’ll take a process of doing it. And if we do do another album, it’ll take three years after touring. That’s just the way it is with our band.”

Fear Inoculum is Tool’s fifth studio album and first new music in 13 years. The record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 270,000 equivalent units (248,000 of which are traditional album units). It was the biggest debut for a rock album in more than a year.

Tool will be heading out on a North American tour this fall. The tour kicks off October 13 at Sacramento, CA’s Aftershock Festival and wraps up November 25 in Washington DC. Tickets are on sale now.