TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan says that songwriting sessions for the band's next album are "progressing nicely" and expects that the material will be ready for him "to begin writing melodies and content 'soon."
It's been nine years since TOOL released its last album, 2006's "10,000 Days", although apparently the quartet have spent a good chunk of the past year finally getting down to business.
In a new post on TOOL's official Facebook page, Maynard writes: "I've been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my TOOL brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content 'soon.'"
He adds: "I'm as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can't rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw."
TOOL guitarist Adam Jones revealed last July that lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007.
The ex-friend claimed that he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for "technicalities" regarding the case.