Tool Is 'About 90 Percent There' With New Album, According to Bassist Justin Chancellor

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Maynard Keenan of Tool performs onstage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 3 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2017 in New York City. 

It hasn't quite been 10,000 days since the release of Tool’s last full-length, but over 4,000 days without new music will make one of rock’s most obsessive fanbases yearn for a bit of encouraging news like the one we got Monday (June 26).

The prog-metal band’s long-awaited follow-up to 10,000 Days is “about 90 percent” done, according to bassist Justin Chancellor on the latest episode of the MetalSucks podcast

Following a string of recently wrapped festival and headlining gigs, here’s what Chancellor told hosts Brandon Hahn and Petar Spajic:

We're about 90 percent there, it’s been like a crazy science project -- kind of like a petri dish. We've just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it's just been a process... a little different from last time.

It really is an evolving thing. Being out the last couple of weeks on the road and playing together, this year, we've really kind of hit a new level, I'd say. [We're] really excited to be around each other and we're gonna just bang it out when we get back home, we're ready to go...

It’s not exactly an album title and release date, but 90 is pretty close to 100, right? It’s at least confirmation that Tool’s 2017 tour has ramped up new album efforts rather than toned them down. At the tail end of the interview, MetalSucks tosses a hail-mary "When can we expect the new album?" question, to which Chancellor coyly responds, "I can't say."

It’s worth noting the band’s recent dates included a sampling of post-10,000 Days music, most notably a track called “Descending” that’s popped up in shows since 2012. 

For now, take solace in the fact Tool is still a living, breathing, highly functional live band that’s kept together all these years. Asked about Tool’s longevity at another point in the podcast, Chancellor’s response: “Taking your time.”