Sebastian Bach has praised the music that has been written for TOOL's next album, describing it as "progressive metal at its most atmospheric."
The former SKID ROW singer got a chance to hear the material that TOOL has been working on while attending a rehearsal by guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Justin Chancellor and drummer Danny Carey at their Los Angeles headquarters.
Writing on his Facebook page, Bach said: "How lucky am I? Spent yesterday getting my face melted by 3/4 of TOOL at the TOOL headquarters/ rehearsal studio. My very own private TOOL show, just missing the vocals!
"This is not just your average simple rock and roll music. This is progressive metal at its most atmospheric, and right when you get into a groovy trance, you get beat over the head with riffs so heavy it feels like a tool. Some tunes were so pummeling, it felt like I was getting a deep-tissue massage! In fact, they could call the record that. No song was shorter than seven minutes and some were 20 minutes long! Just my idea of how to spend the perfect day!
"Thank you so much to my great friend Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor on bass for your hospitality! Danny Carey, you are one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen in my life and such a nice, fun dude! You are all inspirations to me and thank you so much for the great preview! I can only imagine what the majestic vocals of Maynard James Keenan would sound like on top of this music. If it's as delicious as his wine is, then I am buying this record for sure!"
Carey recently told Kerrang! magazine that TOOL's new music is resolutely non-commercial, even joking that the songs are "too long." Carey explained: "Whatever those guys play is how they express themselves. Adam and Justin aren't musically educated, so they just come up with the weirdest shit. I just try to anchor it down and make it simple... The tracks are long — too long! Definitely too long for the radio!"
When asked if he could reveal any track working titles or discuss the concept of the record, he replied: "It's all still a work in progress. We don't even go there until the record is done. It needs to have a voice of its own... You don't think about that until the project's finished and it all comes together and connects. Everything has its own voice."
Jones told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago how the band puts its songs together. "We've got lots of material," he said. "Our strongest thing is jamming. But grouping stuff together — and that's kind of how we work, you know, we jam and then you kind of go, 'Wow, this works with this really well' — and then you jam those two things and see if you can get 'em to work."
"10,000 Days" came out in May 2006, almost 12 years ago.
The instrumental members of TOOL have been working steadily on music for the past year, according to reports, with Maynard James Keenan rumored to be getting more involved in recent months.