Tool have finally released a new song, “Fear Inoculum”, with the full album due out August 30th. Pre-order link here.

tool_travisshinnpicture: Travis Shinn for Revolver

It has been 13 years since their last release.
Way too much has happened in that time. In some cases things have spiraled out of control. In others it has move forward. Sometimes feeling divided right in two.

The new album supposedly clocks in at/around 85 minutes with all 7 songs being the radio friendly run time of 10 minutes each.

In an in depth interview that the band did with Revolver Magazine, for which they also have a special edition coming out, and this is a snippet of what they had to say:

Maynard:
“I feel like this is [about] wisdom through age, through experience. Hopefully through aging you 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.”

Adam:
“Things like, ‘I’m gonna wear socks with sandals. I don’t give a fuck what people think, I’m just gonna be comfortable.’ [laughs] So it’s about the little things in life. It’s making those choices and moving on and growing. There’s a little bit of Frank Herbert’s Dune in that, so I’m into it. I’m so excited for this new record. The songs are very long but they are like movements. It’s like two or three songs in one, but they relate. They flow. So I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But I am ecstatic.”

Danny:
“They pretty much ended up that way. There were times when I thought, ‘Ok, this is getting kind of ridiculous.’ [Laughs] I was a bit worried about it because I kinda like the contrast of having short songs and long songs, but all of them ended up being really long. So I had to step back and go, ‘If this is where we are as a band and this is where we’re meeting, I just have to accept it.’ I try to look at it as movements within an individual song and the overall piece is a symphony or something. As long as it’s moving forward and progressing and keeping people’s attention, I’m not too worried about the length.”

Apparently Justin didn’t say much/anything, or maybe he did, be sure to read up on that interview as soon as you can.

Put some headphones on or make sure you and your neighbors listen to the new song:

 

Immunity
Long overdue
Contagion
I exhale you
Lying
I opened up to you
Venom in mania

Now, contagion
I exhale you

The deceiver says, he says
You belong to me
You don’t wanna breathe the light of the others
Fear the light
Fear the breath
Fear the others for eternity
But I hear them now inhale the clarity
Hear the venom, the venom in
What you say inoculated

Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Read my allegorical elegy

Enumerate
All that I’m to do
Calculating steps away from you
My own
Mitosis
Growing through
Delusion from mania

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Weave my allegorical elegy

Forfeit
All control
You poison
You spectacle

Exorcise the spectacle
Exorcise the malady
Exorcise the disparate
Poison for eternity
Purge me and evacuate
The venom and the fear that binds me

Unveil now
Lift away
I see you
Running

Deceiver
Chased away
A long time
Coming

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.