If you’re keeping score, Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released on April 26, 2006. That’s before the iPhone was introduced. We’re coming up on nine years. What’s the problem? In 2007, a friend of the band–obviously an ex-friend now–claimed he’d created some artwork for the band and wanted credit (and cash) for it. Tool had an insurance policy against these sorts of claims, but then the company that issued the policy turned around and sued Tool. That meant the band had to counter-sue the insurer.
It got stupidly complicated very quickly: lawyers, paralegals, depositions, briefs, motions, postponements and lots and lots of money. And if that wasn’t enough, one member of the band–guitarist Adam Jones isn’t saying who–had some kind of scarily serious medical issue that slowed everything down. The good news is that the trial is over with everything being settled in Tool’s favour. One new song is done with ten others in various states of completion. As to when it’ll be out, there’s no deadline—but they’re hoping maybe by the end of the year.