Whereâ€™s the new Tool album? Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett may have just given a clue to how close we are. During a new interview, Hammett revealed Tool are currently dealing with the artwork for their fifth full-length album.
Members of Tool have publicly disputed the albumâ€™s potential release date. Vocalist Maynard James Keenan shot down drummer Danny Careyâ€™s claim of an April release, adding a timeline of mid-May to mid-July is more realistic.
“I talk to [ToolÂ guitarist]Â Adam JonesÂ quite a bit, and the last thing I knew, he was dealing with artwork. So that is a good sign. If they’re dealing with artwork, it must be close,â€ Hammett told New Zealand radio station The Rock.
Psychedelic artist Alex Gray has contributed the artwork for Toolâ€™s last two albums, Lateralus and 10,000 Days. Earlier this year, Gray spoke positively about working with Tool again, but wouldnâ€™t confirm is heâ€™s being tapped for the bandâ€™s new album.
â€œI haven’t heard any of the new music yet, and I can’t answer this question, but it is looking positive,” Gray told Revolver. â€œAs far as other collaborations, there are still a few older things that have never been publicly shared and I can’t say whether they ever will, but if I get a chance to work with Tool again, it will be an honor.â€
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