Tool Shares Title Track From New Album
Some 13 years after the band last released new music, Tool has shared the title track from its upcoming fifth studio LP, Fear Inoculum. The 85-minute, seven-song disc arrives on August 30th and the band has revealed that a limited edition version of the set, priced at $45, will come with a four-inch HD screen featuring exclusive video footage, a USB charging cable, a two-watt speaker and a 36-page insert book.
The 10-minute and 23-second "Fear Inoculum" is not exactly a radio-friendly length, but drummer Danny Carey told us a while back that Tool never thinks about radio airplay when they write songs: "It's obvious when songs have that solid of a hook to 'em and just have a more straight-ahead groove and aren't quite as long maybe as some of the other ones are. So it just makes sense. But we don't try to write the songs to have that direction by any means, you know, we just kind of do what we do, and if we're lucky enough to get a song that has that type of a hook or a hit potential, then we go with it."
In a cover story on the band by Revolver magazine, guitarist Adam Jones spoke about the meaning of the title Fear Inoculum. He explained, "That has to do with getting older, too. Things like, ‘I'm gonna wear socks with sandals. I don't give a f**k what people think. I'm just gonna be comfortable.' (Laughs) So it's about the little things in life. It's making those choices that are important to you and moving on and growing."
Singer Maynard James Keenan added, "I feel like this is (about) wisdom through age, through experience. Hopefully through aging you do find wisdom in some of the things you've encountered. Learning from your mistakes, learning from your successes. So if anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we've come from and some of the things we've grown through."
Tool has yet to announce tour plans for Fear Inoculum.