Tool drummer Danny Carey discussed Tool’s currently in the works new album in an interview with RipItUp. Below are a couple of excerpts from the interview.

On the progress of the “Laterus” of the new album: “really good. I mean we’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it [laughter] – it’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, uh, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of life, just like Disposition and Intension and Triad, like on the Lateralus record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.”

On the new album’s themes: “Um, you know not in particular at this point. I mean Maynard deals with the lyrical content, when he comes in and does more of his treatment. He’s been pretty busy with his wine and other projects lately, but right now it’s just Justin and Adam and I working on things and uh, you know, little bits and pieces, lots of musical things, I’ve been playing lots of fusiony and jazz stuff lately with a band called Volto! and playing with some old jazz cats at the Baked Potato here in town, it’s like a famous jazz club here. I’ve been trying to get lots of new musical input into my system so I can have new influences popping out in that way, more than in a lyrical way.”

  • http://my-horror.com Pris

    Chinese Democracy 😛

  • Dennis

    “A good part of the record.” If it’s that long, hopefully it’s as good as say, Third Eye.

    I gotta think they have a window in mind to work with Maynard. Otherwise, why make all this music now and not the last several years?
    I also gotta think they are sending stuff to Maynard and he’s probably been piecing ideas together.

  • Craigory52

    Just as long as it is better than 10,000 Days I’ll be happy. So much filler and soundalike riffs from previous albums.

  • RickDeckard

    … It’s Disposition Reflection and Triad…

    Intention is on 10,000 days

    Was that his mistake? Or a typo?

  • Is he one?

    Just as I would say with Pearl Jam, I think the way Tool writes new material isn’t likely to produce something groundbreaking, or even exceptionnal. They just don’t focus on what should be their first priority: one of the best bands ever. (Same with PJ).

    Just my grain of salt and I’ll be happy if I am proven wrong. I LOVE Tool. (And PJ even more)

  • Triz

    Jazz Fuson

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  • aaaron

    “He’s been pretty busy with his wine and other projects lately…”
    You are gonna have a farmer sit down and write lyrics? Please. As a farmer i must say there is no time for bull crap like artistry. I say leave the farming to us strong back, weak mind types, so hopefully next harvest won’t be so dreary with some excelent new music to listen to.

  • Philip

    “Just as long as it is better than 10,000 Days I’ll be happy. So much filler and soundalike riffs from previous albums.”

    Not correct. “10 000 Days” was worth it for ‘Rosetta Stoned’ alone. ‘Wings For Marie/ 10 000 Days’ was a tremendous suite unlike anything they’d done prior. I don’t think it flowed like ‘Aenima’ or ‘Lateralus’, but it was by no means a bad or substandard album. None of their albums are. Sorry.

  • Pete

    10k days was awesome

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  • Deviate

    Lateralus is my favorite, with Aenima right there on it’s ass. Nearly a tie though, I’d say photo finish. But something about Lateralus, the atmosphere that album has from start to finish is amazing to me.

    10,000 Days was good, but just not the same to me.

    Obviously Undertow and Opiate are a different more hard-rocking Tool sound, but are great. But I almost put them in a different category.

  • ReverendMaynard

    TOOL do things at their own pace on their own time and has it ever failed to work in the past? No, just be patient and we will have the new album. TOOL is also very cryptic about what they tell the media so you can’t believe everything or sometimes anything they say in interviews, but that is what makes them TOOL.