The title track of TOOL's long-awaited fifth studio album, "Fear Inoculum", can be streamed below. The disc, which will arrive on August 30 via RCA Records, will follow up 2006's "10,000 Days".
Continuing its affinity for pushing the boundaries of physical packaging, the Grammy Award-winning outfit has created a deluxe, limited-edition CD version of "Fear Inoculum". The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a four-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, two-watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. Pre-orders for both the special package and digital downloads are available now. A vinyl release will be announced soon.
The 85-minute collection was produced by TOOL, with Joe Barresi engineering and mixing the release. Barresi also worked with the band on "10,000 Days".
The song stream and pre-order news arrives as the Los Angeles band recently made several of their previous releases, "Opiate", "Undertow", "Ænima", "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days", available for the first time on digital service providers. The releases racked up over 20 million streams in the first 48 hours of release, as well as quickly claiming five spots on iTunes's Top 10 Albums chart.
"A lot of weight lifted off my chest. The four of us are a lot of fucking work," explained singer Maynard James Keenan on "The Joe Rogan Experience" late last month, as he revealed the new album title. "Everything is a fucking committee meeting, and it always gets shut down."
TOOL guitarist Adam Jones revealed several tantalizing bits of information about "Fear Inoculum" in a new interview with Guitar World, including the number of tracks on the record, the running time and the strange themes behind the LP.
The album will sport seven tracks but will run an astounding 80 minutes, with virtually none of the songs adhering to the standard format for a radio single. As for the concept of the disc, Jones said it came to revolve around the number seven.
Jones explained: "I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin [Chancellor, bassist] and I brought in were in seven. You don't really go, 'I'm going to write a riff in seven!'" He added, "Without being too descriptive about the concept, the main thing is that the seven beat just kept coming up, and riffs in seven kept coming up. It was really weird!"
Jones continued: "Then Maynard told me about a whole concept he had about the number seven. We were all, like, 'Oh my God! This is too weird!' Then Alex Grey [TOOL album artist] basically said the same thing and he has a concept that will reveal itself through video."
TOOL has been playing two songs, reportedly titled "Descending" and "Invincible", during its recent live shows. Both tracks are expected to show up on "Fear Inoculum".
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