Tool inches toward releasing a new new album (and can we guess at a possible firm release date?)

Tool announced some European dates for mid-2019, a move that might give fans hope that they’ll have some new music to share by then. Let’s not forget that Maynard did promise new music in 2019 earlier this year.

The good news is that progress on the record has been made. In February, Maynard said that words and melodies for the new songs “are 100% done.” That was nine months ago, so you’d hope some progress has been made since then.

If you’re counting, it’s 12 years, five months and 22 days since the release of 10,000 Days.

Meanwhile, reader Jason has come up with a possible release date.

Ten thousand days equals 27 years and 155 days. Opiate was released 27 years ago (from 2019) so I am figuring that if we figure out the exact day the release was for Opiate. Ten thousand days from that day will be the release of the new album! Give me cred…. this just sounds too obvious now doesn’t it? ? your welcome!

Let’s do the math.

The very first Tool release was the indie EP 72826, which was issued on December 21, 1991. Moving ahead 10,000 days would take us to May 8, 2019.

Opiate, the band’s first EP on Zoo, appeared on March 10, 1992. Ten thousand days from that date would be July 23, 2019–if you count the end day. If not, then the magic date is July 24.

Which every way you want to measure things, we’re dealing with either a Tuesday or a Wednesday, which is somewhat problematic since albums tend to be released on Fridays.

Still, this is Tool and we know how contrary they like to be. Thoughts on this theory?

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One thought on “Tool inches toward releasing a new new album (and can we guess at a possible firm release date?)

  • October 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Maybe Maynard planned this all along since music used to be released in North America on Tuesdays. The change to Friday releases obviously wouldn’t have been foreseen, and it wouldn’t be the first time an album got an off-schedule release date.


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