Amenra have just released Alive, an acoustic live album, on Consouling Sounds and they performed at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg yesterday, with another performance scheduled for today. On this release is an acoustic cover of Tool's haunting track "Parabol" which can be enjoyed fully here now.
Tool have teased some new material this year but nothing has really been confirmed. While we don't know if the band is releasing new material anytime soon, they have just announced a string of U.S. shows for next year. The American progressive/alternative metal outfit will tour in January with Primus accompanying them. See the dates below and you can buy the tickets starting this November 20th.
No, it's not an update on Tool's new album. Status on that: unknown. The band teased an announcement recently and now it's out there. The American metallers will be performing at the 2015 Monster Mash Festival at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona on Halloween, October 31st. The line-up also boasts Primus and Coheed And Cambria, with more to be announced.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones has recently given some new updates about the new album's progress and the legal issues the band faced. He was interviewed by Yahoo! Music and announced that the lawsuit that dragged on for eight years has been settled in the band's favor. For now, Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor, and drummer Danny Carey have finished one yet-untitled track and have more than 10 songs in various stages of completion. The next step is making plans for vocalist Maynard James Keenan to come in and start tracking vocals.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones has recently shared a video filmed by Motörhead's drummer Mikkey Dee. It appears that the two bands are working on new releases in the same recording facility in Los Angeles. Tool have confirmed that they are working on new material before but fans are still waiting for the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days.
Apart from being kicked out of the Grammy Awards, Mastodon vocalist/guitaris Brent Hinds is involved in another supergroup with Tool drummer Danny Carey and Off! and Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats. The band is called Legend Of The Seagullmen. As of now, you can have a taste of the music they produced by downloading two new songs, "The Deep-Sea Diver" and "Ships Wreck," on their website.
Tool's latest album was 10,000 Days released back in 2006. The band has been working on new material but contrary to some rumours (a misunderstanding between the band's guitarist and a fan led to speculation that the group had completed the album and intended to release it this year), they haven't completed the new album yet. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey confirm that the new Tool record is far from completion. An ongoing lawsuit has weighed on all of the group members but the band has continued to write new music.
Tool's drummer Danny Carey and his long-running project VOLTO! will release their debut album today, July 23rd on iTunes, and August 6th via Fantasy/Concord Music Group everywhere else. The jazz fusion album is called Incitare. They've already released their first-ever video for "Tocino" which you can see at this location. Furthermore, you can already listen to the whole album over here and enjoy it right now.
Tool have announced an Australian arena tour which will kick off in Melbourne on April 27th at Rod Laver Arena. Australians are set to see a lot of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan in 2013 with his other 2 bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer hitting out shores later this month for Soundwave and a tour respectively.
The line-up for the first-ever Ozzfest Japan 2013, set for May 11th and May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo - keeps getting stronger. Tool, Slash, Deftones and Stone Sour have now been confirmed and will join previously announced headliners Black Sabbath and Slipknot.
Danny Carey, the drummer of US progressive metal act Tool, has stated in a recent interview with his drum sponsors Vic Firth that the band plans to start the tracking for their new album in June/July. He speculates that recording, mixing and mastering could take around four months and so the record could be ready at the end of the year.
This album would mark Tool's first release in six years, since 2006's 10,000 Days. You can watch the full video interview with Danny Carey at this location.
Blood into Wine, the documentary that follows Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and his work towards creating a credible winemaking region in Northern Arizona, has won the Golden Drover Award for "Best Feature Documentary" at the 2011 Trail Dance Film Festival.
Said co-directors Christopher Pomerenke and Ryan Page: "Our entire team is absolutely thrilled about winning the Trail Dance Film Festival documentary award. We made the film with great care and it's been a wonderful honor to see it recognized by such a prestigious festival."
Blood into Wine, which was released in 2009 and was independently distributed to over 125 theaters in the United States, was made available on DVD/Blu-ray and Netflix in September of 2009.
Guitar pedal and effects manufacturer Dunlop recently posted videos about what kind of gear Tool uses. Here they are:
"Ever wonder how these pioneers of progressive metal get their psychedelic sounds and monstrous tones? We take a look at the rigs of both bass player Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones during their set up at a show in San Francisco. Check out the awesome demo of our Heil Talk Box in the Adam Jones interview. Tool fans and tone chasers prepare for an overload! On Adam Jones' rig we saw: Phase 90, Micro Amp, 535Q Crybaby, Heil Talkbox. On Justin Chancellor's rig we saw: MXR Bass Envelope Filter, MXR Bass Octave Deluxe .Check out the videos below."
Tool has announced some shows for a forthcoming tour of North America. The tour will kick off this June and will continue in July. Tickets go on sale May 8th. The tour schedule wraps up as follows:
June 19 - New Orleans, LA - UNO Arena
June 20 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
June 22 - Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center
June 23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Arena
June 25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
June 26 - St. Charles, MO - Family Arena
July 01 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Center
July 04 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
July 05 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
July 07 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
July 09 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place
July 12 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic