Tool have released their first album in 13 years, Fear Inoculum.
The band’s fourth studio album, 10,000 Days, was released on May 2, 2006. The critically acclaimed, 11-track album went platinum in 2007 and, since then, has become one of the progressive rock band’s most successful releases to date.
Due to its phenomenal success and wide range of sounds, the album brought the band greater recognition and left fans old and new hungry for more.
Now, the band are finally back with their fifth album, which dropped on Friday to much fan celebration.
The album only features 10 tracks, though in classic Tool fashion, a number of them run well over 10 minutes in length.
Shortly after the album dropped, Tool announced plans for a fall tour, kicking off with the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on Oct. 13 and winding up in Washington, DC on Nov. 25.
So far, the band has just one Canadian date on its schedule, a two-night stint at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 11 and 12.
Meanwhile, the excitement for the new album was palpable on Twitter.
On Aug. 7, 2019, at 8 a.m. ET, Tool teased the album by dropping the title track as their first single since “10,000 Days’ Jambi.”
“Fear Incoculum” — which runs 10 minutes and 22 seconds — was revealed along with a new take on Tool’s logo and a visually enticing album cover.
It was also announced that 10,000 Days recording engineer Joe Barresi returned to the studio to produce and mix “Fear Inoculum.”
Knowing this, Tool guitarist Adam Jones took it upon himself to design a unique package for the album.
In an official statement shared to Tool’s website, it was revealed that the CD version of Fear Inoculum features a four-inch HD rechargeable screen, which shows exclusive video footage from the band. It comes with a small two-watt speaker, a charging cable and a massive 36-page booklet.
#FearInoculum quickly became one of Twitter’s trending hashtags. The platform was buzzing with excited and shocked followers of the band.
Here’s what some fans had to say about the long-awaited release of “Fear Inoculum”:
The full album is now available to be pre-saved and pre-ordered here.
Fear Inoculum was released worldwide on Aug. 30.