After Tool guitarist Adam Jones joked with fans earlier this year that a new Tool album was complete and coming out the next day, the band made music headlines. He later explained he had been joking.
Danny Carey had also told Rolling Stone that the band had more than enough ‘raw’ material for a new album.
Jones now tells Rolling Stone:
“The fans are pissed at us And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on…”
He cites ‘external obligations’ involving a multi-level lawsuit as part of the reason for the delay on the first new Tool album since 10,000 Days. He explains that the legal battle has, “prohibited the band’s creative process over the last eight years.
According to Rolling Stone, the multi-level lawsuit deals with a claim filed by a friend of Jones who feels he did not recieve credit for some artwork he made for the band back in 2007.
Danny Carey says, “The whole thing is really depressing the bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now…And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us.”
The good news; they’ve done a lot of writing, they are calling it ‘heavy’ and ‘proggy’. Jones says, “There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that.”
The bad news; releasing a new album by the end of the 2014 is still the goal, but they won’t do it unless they are happy with the material. They go to trial in January 2015.