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Fans have been waiting thirteen long years for this: prog metal icons TOOL has finally returned with a new track, Fear Inoculum, from the album of the same name set for release on 30th August through Sony Music. Listen here.
This marks their first new recorded output since 2006’s critically and fan venerated 10,000 Days. Just like their last album, this newest 85-minute batch of material was produced by TOOL, with Joe Barresi serving as engineer and mixer.
No strangers to making their physical releases as wild and tactile as possible, the limited-edition CD package of Fear Inoculum will feature a “4-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card.” Yes, you’ll need to plug this CD case in and charge it to use all its bells and whistles.
Pre-orders for the limited-edition CD and digital downloads are available now. Vinyl pre-orders will be announced soon.
TOOL uploaded their discography to digital streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music earlier this month ahead of Fear Inoculum’s highly—and we can’t stress this enough—highly anticipated release.
Unsurprisingly, they racked up over 20 million streams within the first two days of release, with their albums and EPs claiming half of the Top 10 Metal Album charts on iTunes.
For those born after their last album even came out, TOOL formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. They’ve released four multi-platinum studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006) and two EPs. The band has won three GRAMMY Awards: for Best Metal Performance in 1998 for Ænima and in 2002 for Schism; and Best Recording Package in 2007 for 10,000 Days. The band comprises Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar), and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).
TOOL’s last major appearance on Australian soil was their headlining turn at the Big Day Out in 2011.