Tool 8/5/19


Tool guitarist Adam Jones revealed several tantalizing bits of information about the band’s upcoming album, Fear Inoculum, in a new interview with Guitar World, including the number of tracks on the record, the running time and the strange themes behind the LP.

The LP, Tool’s fifth full-length album, will sport seven tracks but will run an astounding 80 minutes, with virtually none of the songs adhering to the standard format for a radio single. As for the concept of the disc, Jones said it came to revolve around the number seven.

Jones explained, “I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin and I brought in were in seven. You don’t really go ‘I’m going to write a riff in seven!’” He added, “Without being too descriptive about the concept, the main thing is that the seven beat just kept coming up, and riffs in seven kept coming up. It was really weird!”

Jones continued, “Then Maynard (James Keenan, singer) told me about a whole concept he had about the number seven. We were all like, ‘Oh My God! This is too weird!’ Then Alex Grey(Tool album artist) basically said the same thing and he has a concept that will reveal itself through video.”

Jones told us a while back that he and the other members of Tool have always been deeply involved in Tool’s artwork and visuals: [“I’ve always been into art and drawing and sculpting, and I did makeup effects for a long time, and it’s always been a big part of my life. And Maynard too, and, you know, the other band members — you know, when I met those guys, they were all doing something kind of creative, and I think that’s why it clicks.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . why it clicks.)

Fear Inoculum is Tool’s first new album in 13 years and is slated for an August 30th release.

Story source: The PRP


  • Tool guitarist Adam Jones revealed that the new Fear Inoculum album is 80 minutes long and includes seven songs.
  • The theme of the LP revolves around the number seven.
  • Fear Inoculum comes out August 30th.


  • As soon as Tool’s entire catalog became available for the first time ever on Friday (August 2nd) via digital and streaming services, all five albums, including the Opiate EP, entered the iTunes Top 10, while various songs cracked the iTunes Top 10 Songs chart.
  • Ænima soared to Number Two on the iTunes Top Albums chart, while Lateralus10,000 Days and Undertow occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth spots. As for Opiate, the debut Tool EP went to Number Eight.
  • As for iTunes’ Top Songs, “Sober” was the Number Two song in the world, with “Schism,” “Forty Six & 2” and “Stinkfist” all cracking the Top 10.