Tools new album Fear Inoculum is out today and the band has released Tour dates on their social media pages.

Tickets are on-sale Sept. 6 at 10 am local time, with a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on Sept. 4. Tool Army information, as well as VIP package details, can be found via Toolband.com.

October 13 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival

October 15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

October 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena

October 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

October 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

October 23 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena

October 25 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

October 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center

October 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

October 31 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum

November 2 Indianapolis, IN Banker’s Life Fieldhouse

November 3 Chicago, IL United Center

November 5 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

November 6 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

November 8 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena

November 9 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

November 11 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

November 12 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

November 14 Boston, MA TD Garden

November 16 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

November 18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

November 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center

November 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino Arena

November 22 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

November 24 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena

November 25 Washington, DC Capitol One Arena

Tool Album Fear Inoculum Released Today, Tour-dates Announced

Tool have just released their first single and title track from their upcoming album Fear Inoculum, which marks their first new song in 13 years. 

The song is 10-minutes long and features mystical drums and vocals.

“Fear Inoculum” is a slow song that ends on a big note, and it seems like an appropriate way to introduce fans to this new decade of Tool. 

Hear “Fear Inoculum” below, pre-order the album here:

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TOOL DROP TITLE TRACK “FEAR INOCULUM” AS FIRST MUSIC IN 13 YEARS

The wait is nearly over: Tool’s long-awaited new album will be released on August 30th, 2019.

The band confirmed the news during their concert in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday night. According to fans on the ground, a video screen flashed the date “August 30th” during the set’s intermission. Frontman Maynard James Keenan then encouraged fans to share the news via social media, saying, “Alright, everyone, take out your phones, security stand down, and let these fuckers do whatever it is with their phones.”

The as-yet-untitled LP marks Tool’s first release since 10,000 Days in 2006. During their tour kick-off at Welcome to Rockville Festival on Sunday night, the band debuted two new songs: “Descending” and “Invincible”.

Tool will remain on the road through mid-May. You can enter to win tickets to the concert of your choice. They’re also available for purchase here.

Tool confirm release date for long-awaited new album

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Tool: Undertow

Tool released their debut studio album, the outstanding Undertow, in 1993. This set in motion a career of enigmatic mystery, profound lyrical and artistic content, and just staggering musical accomplishment.

Tool put out music at their own pace (currently it has been 13 years since their last album), rarely do press, never appear in videos, and in the case of lead singer Maynard James Keenan, are even absent from the stage for some live performances. Yet somehow they increase in popularity despite obviously not playing the celebrity game.

Perhaps it is the combination of the unknown and the deliberate nonconformity mixed with the intensity of the music that sets Tool apart.

When Undertow came out, I immediately identified with the progressive elements of the music and with Keenan’s cryptic lyrics. Songs like Sober and Prison Sex were amazing with or without those creepily effective videos, Bottom benefited from the intense spoken word passage from Henry Rollins, and Flood, Swamp Song, Intolerance, and Crawl Away were all winners, too. The final track, Disgustipated, was a tripped out sonic experience (with or without the aid of mind altering substances).

I salute Tool and their overall creativity. They have never played it safe and I doubt they ever will.

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Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Tool’s Ænima, released in 1996, was one of those albums that stood so far out of the ordinary in respect to everything else that was going on at that time. It was basically its own genre, a blend of progressive metal that existed in defiance of any and all trends. The ’90’s were pretty much known for grunge and all of its imitators, but I was fascinated by bands like Tool who created a mystique, not appearing in videos or saturating their existence in the press. Less was more in terms of their image, but their music spoke loud and clear, and it was a revelation. The title track, spelled Ænema, along with Eulogy, Forty Six & 2, Jimmy, and the massive closing song, Third Eye, are among my personal favorites. Maynard James Keenan’s voice and vocals are spellbinding, and Danny Carey’s drumming is astonishing. Tool play by their own rules, and the faithful have been waiting for a decade for some new music. I have no doubts that when it comes, it will continue to influence and mesmerize!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

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On this date in history, 9/8/2001, Tool and Meshuggah brought scorched earth, “take no prisoners” Math Metal to my favorite outdoor venue, Deer Creek. Meshuggah began the proceedings with a relentless display of their perfected brand of tricky time signatures with punishing precision.  Jens Kidman howled and barked out his impassioned vocals over a variety of battering ram rhythms, while Fredrik Thordendal executed scalpel sharp lead guitar work like a homicidal, über-angry Allan Holdsworth.

 

Tool proved to be the perfect counterpart to Meshuggah’s brutal devastation, providing a more artistic template to lacerate the willing and devoted fans on multiple levels of sight and sound.

Tool were supporting their Lateralus album, only their third full length record, but due to the abnormally long period of time between their releases, it had hit the top of the charts upon release.

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This was a visually impressive experience, complete with acrobatic performers suspended high above the stage, disturbing and provocative rear screen projections, and an innovative light show that was almost a fifth member of the band. Singer Maynard James Keenan never appeared directly on stage, instead showing up as a silhouette created by the impressive lighting. His vocals were fantastic and made up for his lack of physical presence.

Danny Carey’s drumming was simply phenomenal, propelling the music through all the nuances and harrowing intensity that are Tool trademarks. This show was a pairing of 2 titans of progressive metal at its finest.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

 

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 7/16/1998, I began my 18 year streak of all day metal festivals with my very first Ozzfest, at the fun and fabulous Deer Creek. I would be at every Ozzfest for the next 10 years until that festival stopped traveling, followed by all 8 of the Mayhem tours.

Ozzfest ’98 featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Incubus, Motörhead, Snot, Melvins, Monster Voodoo Machine, Life Of Agony, Ultraspank, Kilgore, and System Of A Down.

I was a rookie and I made a huge rookie mistake. I neglected to watch any of the second stage bands on this day, foolishly squandering my first shot at System Of A Down, Melvins, and the legendary Motörhead! I did, however, witness all the bands on the main stage and most of those performances ranged from pretty good to absolutely earth shaking (during Tool’s set, quite literally!).

Incubus started the festivities with a solid set. Brandon Boyd’s vocals were quite excellent and I enjoyed their time on stage.

Coal Chamber were next, kind of Marilyn Manson-light, but Dez Fafara hadn’t gained the power he would later weild so effectively with DevilDriver. Still, a formidable performance by an underrated band.

Sevendust were next, and I thought they were fantastic. Lajon Witherspoon’s vocals were particularly amazing and the band’s sound and energy stood out in a lineup of very solid bands.

Soulfly, the band that Max Cavalera put together following his departure from Sepultura, were probably the heaviest band of the day, and also brought their distinctive blend of Brazilian percussion to mix with their brutal grooves.

Limp Bizkit began their show by emerging from an enormous toilet bowl. Considering that their career eventually was flushed down that proverbial toilet, this was quite poetic and prophetic. The haters can say what they want to say, but back then Fred Durst and Wes Borland had concocted a sound and a stage show that got the crowds bouncing and producing an insane amount of energy. Megadeth brought their meticulous, surgically deadly riffing and Dave Mustaine’s patented sneering vocals along with about an hour of classic Mega-Dave songs in a fierce set that brought the crowd to the brink of the sonic devastation that awaited us.

I had heard the stories about how the crowd had started a “sod war” during Pantera’s headlining set the year before, and had witnessed a similar act of lawn massacre during a Ministry performance in 1992, but nothing prepared me for what was about to happen during Tool’s show stealing set.

As soon as Maynard James Keenan took the stage clad in an evangelist’s suit, accompanied by the hypnotic maelstrom of Tool’s sound, the carnage was instantaneous.

The lawn never had a chance, and the air was literally thick with flying chunks of earth, sod, grass, drink cups and various other items of debris. It was glorious, terrifying, hilarious, and unstoppable. Tool was so intense, it was as if they were so in the zone that they were oblivious to the World War III scenario unfolding up on the lawn.

As all good things must eventually end, Tool finally concluded their portion of the show and the spell was broken.

Ozzy proceeded with a killer set played by a stellar band (Ozzy always has the cream of the crop in his band, though) featuring Joe Holmes on lead guitar. Ozzy’s set was preceded by a wickedly funny filmed segment that put the exhausted crowd in a jolly mood (by metal crowd standards) and the Prince Of Darkness delivered a powerful concert closer that guaranteed I would continue this activity for 18 years running. Still ready to begin a new streak. The time is right for a brand new accomplishment!

Written By Braddon S. Williams AKA The Concert Critic

On this date in history