The Wait For the Next Tool Album Might Be Way, Way Shorter Than it Was For 'Fear Inoculum'

Travis Shinn

Tool fans very patiently waited 13 years for Fear Inoculum, but from the sounds of it they might not have to sit on their hands for another baker's dozen for album number six.

In a cover story in the latest issue of Metal Hammer, Drummer Danny Carey reveals that the Maynard James Keenan-led band already has "tons of material" laying around for the follow-up to their third No. 1 album.

"It’s hard to say. We’re going to tour on this probably for two or three years at least, I imagine," he said of the potential gap between five and six. "It feels like what we’ve done on every album, and then I guess we’ll see where we’re sitting after that...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 band’s third No. 1 bowed with 270,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 5 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 248,000 were in album sale, giving Tool the biggest week for any rock album in more than a year. Tool's previous album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006, signaling an end to their recording contract with Volcano Records, whith Carey said has motivated them to work at their own pace.

"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,” he said. “That’s a good feeling and I hope that will be motivational in the writing processes.”


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