Maynard James Keenan Says New Tool LP To Arrive Between May And July

Tool singer Maynard James Keenan has now said that the band's long-awaited new album will arrive in late spring or early summer. Keenan tweeted on Friday (February 8th) that he and his bandmates were "midway through mixing" the effort. He added: "Best ballpark guess -- release date somewhere between mid-May and mid-July. More focused updates to follow as we progress."

Keenan's latest comments come a month after Tool drummer Danny Carey told a fan at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California that "the plan" was for the group's new LP to come out "mid-April." Keenan refuted that statement a few days later with a simple "No." But his latest comment is his most specific yet regarding the LP.

Keenan attempted to explain the long gap between Tool albums in a 2017 interview on Joe Rogan's podcast. Speaking about his bandmates, the singer said, "Their process is very analytical, and I think, at some point, maybe because so much time has gone by from the last album, there has to be a little bit of fear in here. 'Is this record gonna be as good as the last one?' . . . Now the pressure is huge, so I'm sure there's some of that (that) goes into play."

Tool officially entered the studio in March 2018 to begin recording its first full-length album since 2006's 10,000 Days, with Keenan tweeting last month that he had finished laying down his vocals "months ago." The band has a number of festival appearances already booked in May and June.