Tool’s new album — their first in 13 years and the follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days — is just a few weeks away. 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, an album title, Fear Inoculum, and an album cover. We’ve heard from Adam Jones that the LP is over 80 minutes long and that the number seven played a big role in its creation. We’ve been patiently streaming Tool’s back catalog while waiting in suspense. Now, finally, we’ve gotten a proper new studio-recorded new song, namely the title track off the album, and it’s everything fans could have hoped for: 10-plus minutes of spiraling riffs, byzantine rhythms, transcendent meditative tones and, of course, Maynard James Keenan’s inimitable voice. The single is available for streaming and purchase now.
Also finally available is the pre-order for the album Fear Inoculum. The LP is available in an array of digital and physical formats, including special packaging that, as Jones promised it would be via Instagram, is “EPIC.” The deluxe, limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum, which was conceived by and directed by Jones, features a 4-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, two-watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. A vinyl release is expected to be announced shortly, as well.