Tool Announce New Album Title, Confirm Digital Release of Back Catalog

It’s happening. It’s really happening. Tool’s new album — their first in 13 goddamn years and the follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days — is really about to drop. So far, we’ve heard two new songs, the epic “Descending” and “Invincible,” which the band has played live; we’ve got a release date, August 30th, so close and yet so far away; and we’ve seen a weird, golden, Egyptian-tinged new band logo. Now, we’ve gotten some more information: specifically, the album’s title, Fear Inoculum. If you’re not familiar with the second word in that phrase — and really, who is? — “inoculum” means “a substance used for inoculation,” so the title can be interpreted to refer to something that inoculates one from fear.

Tool also announced that the band’s back catalog will finally be made available via digital music platforms on this Friday, August 2nd. It’s a huge move for one of the last major hold-outs, and great news for fans who haven’t been able to legally stream the group’s songs.

We might be about to get even more Tool knowledge today (July 29th), as well, since Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan — his online tussle with Justin Bieber and wife Hailey behind him — appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and delivered several “long-awaited announcements,” as the band hyped it all up on social media. Stay tuned for that chat.

 

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FEAR INOCULUM, Aug 30th, 2019

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This Friday, Aug 2nd, the Tool catalog goes up on all digital and streaming formats. High five. #tool2019

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