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Is 13 Years Worth the Wait?

It is normal for bands to take a hiatus. Some even take years before they make a comeback. But with success and a critically acclaimed album before taking a break, a comeback always seems to be more difficult. That’s exactly the case with Maynard James Keenan and the rest of Tool. 

With a 13 year gap between Tool’s LP 10,000 days and Fear Inoculum that was released in 2019, the band was in a lot of pressure to come up with an album that can meet the standards of their fanbase. 

Side Projects 

Maynard James Keenan isn’t exactly just working on Tool. If you’ll look at his Twitter handle, he even described himself as a World Class Multi-Tasker which is quite accurate. He’s worked with both A Perfect Circle and Puscifier. And between those two bands, he released seven albums. On top of that, he also made cameos in films. 

Keenan also has a sporty side. He holds a rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is most likely the reason why he even became a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. During the podcast, he mentioned that he owns a Jiu-Jitsu Academy and was even planning to add a Yoga studio in his gym.  

Fear Inoculum

Tool’s Fear Inoculum was released on Aug 31, 2019. And it has been publicized that Maynard James Keenan has suffered from health as well as legal issues along the way which may have caused the delays. Plus, the band is a perfectionist bunch. They even mentioned in one interview that they’d produce a large amount of material only to dump a huge chunk of it. 

Worth The Wait

Looking back in the past 12 months how fans and critics alike received Fear Inoculum, you can say that it’s a success. The band even provided strong live performances from Maynard’s distinct voice to their drummer Danny Carrey’s reinvention of the metronome when it comes to hitting the drums for their tracks. Just check the drum cam live performance for Pneuma gaining many reactions from drummers to classical music instructors. 

At one point, Carey even mentioned that he wanted the album to be one long song than something that’s divided into seven tracks. 

Keenan, on the other hand, was labeled as “prophetic” by different fans. However, he denied this saying that it’s just about “understanding patterns” and human experiences. 

Do We have to Wait Another 13 Years? 

There are just some things that we can’t rush. And it seems like this is the case when it comes to movies and musical masterpieces. Given the current pandemic that has wiped out a lot of activities and distractions, Carey is “hoping” that it can bring good results and have new Tool materials. But instead of an album, he thinks that an EP is coming up next.  

Tool fans are hard to please. But given the songs they’ve heard from Fear Inoculum, it seems that there will be more patience on their part if they have to wait another 13 years. However, there is no denying that they’ve set the bar high again.

We are running out of patience and we want more of Inoculum, soon, very soon!

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