Tool Resume Work On Their Fifth Album

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Maynard James Keenan of Tool. Photo: Martin-Philbey-Getty-Images

Tool Has Finally Put An Exhausting Lawsuit and Health Problems Behind Them

After spending millions on legal fees in an eight-year lawsuit over artwork claimed to be the work of an ex-associate, the lawsuit that has plagued the band has finally has been settled in Tool's favor. Tool is now reportedly making serious progress working on their follow up to their 2006 album 10,000 Days. Guitarist Adam Jones says now that with the band's legal obstacles are finally settled, Tool can focus entirely on making music.

In an interview Jones told Yahoo News, "We moved over to a North L.A. courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic. You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes! I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel. But he was great. He came in and took over, and he’s the reason the whole thing is finally over.” For those too young to remember, Jones is referring to Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne's mercurial lead guitarist for his first two solo albums, who was killed in a tragic 1982 plane accident while on tour with Osbourne.

Jones also revealed that  "a really scary do-or-die, serious illness" which affected an undisclosed bandmate also held up work on the album. Jones said, "When you're trying to write music and you have that eating away at you – this person you're married to and you love and hate at the same time has something they're dealing with that's out of their control – it's distracting," Jones said the health issue has been resolved and Tool is making serious progress on their fifth studio album.

Jones said Tool have finished one song and ten instrumentals are almost complete for singer Maynard James Keenan to add his vocals to.

Tool Is Getting Back To Work On Their Long Awaited Album

Talking about the new Tool music Jones added, "Some of it's really heavy, some of it's complex and some is more atmospheric, but it's definitely Tool.

I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done," Jones said, noting that while they'd like to finish the album by the end of 2015, Tool won't be governed by "an arbitrary deadline."

In a February 2015 interview with Rolling Stone Maynard James Keenan revealed, "I'm as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else," he continued, "but as history will show, you can't rush these gents. Patience is gold in this sound mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw."

The Lawsuit Had Held Up Tool's Creative Process For Years

The complicated lawsuit that stymied Tool's creativity for years was brought by Jones' former friend who claimed in 2007 that he had not been given credit or compensation for some of the band's artwork. Tool claimed that the accusations were without merit. To complicate matters further, Tool's own insurance company – who were supposed to defend the band against lawsuits – sued the band over technical issues in the case. A long, cumbersome series of depositions, briefs, changes in judges and court venues, and other legal delays caused the case to drag on for years.

Finally, after a recent change of court venue, the case was settled the week of March 2, 2015 in Tool's favor. The band feels vindicated – and with one undisclosed band member's serious health issue also behind them – Tool is primed to make music with no outside distractions once again. 

Although fans may be anxious for a new Tool album the band's creative process takes longer now than in the band's younger days. Jones explained to Yahoo! News, “We’re older guys now. Everyone kind of has their own life, and the fire that burned in us when we were in our 20s isn’t there anymore. There’s still a fire, it’s just a different kind of fire. So of course, we’re writing and working hard, but we’ve gotten to a point where we’re relaxed and we’re meeting occasionally to get the writing done instead of every day.

But I feel like every day we work on the songs is a productive day and we’re getting closer and closer to finishing them.”