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It’s been more than a decade since Tool released its last album, 2006's 10,000 Days. Now, frontman Maynard James Keenan has announced that the band’s next full-length offering—still untitled—is finally moving a little closer to completion; according to Keenan, the album is only one song short of being fully written.

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Guitarist Adam Jones also chimed in on Instagram, writing that the band intends to head into the studio to record in April, and reposting a comment from Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, who says he stopped by to visit the group recently and was treated to some of the new songs. Good news for Tool fans: Bach’s descriptions were suitably glowing, in a “let’s all get our faces melted off” kind of way.

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 pummelling it felt like I was getting a deep tissue massage! in fact they could call the record that. No song was shorter than 7 minutes and some were 20 minutes long!

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[via Consequence Of Sound]