The anticipation for the first Tool record in thirteen years has us busting at the seams, but for some fans, the wait is driving them to extremities.

In a new interview with Metal HammerTool drummer Danny Carey has revealed that the band have had altercations with fans that have erred on the side of dangerously obsessed.

Carey revealed that during the recording process of Fear Inoculum, frontman Maynard James Keenan was barraged with death threats from fans over the record’s delay.

“I felt bad for him,” shared Carey. “He even told me he was getting death threats from these idiots out there. They just have no idea what our work ethic is. These things don’t happen, man. There’s no other record that’s going to sound like this Tool record. What you hear is what you get, and what you get is what it takes to get it done. And it’s not an easy process.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Bassist Justin Chancellor delved into the frustrations the band were faced with when producing the record. “Sometimes I thought we were nearly there. We’d written an album or we had some songs that were cool, and then we’d dump the whole lot and start again. It was devastating,” he shared.

This isn’t the first time that members of Tool have touched on the immense pressure put on Maynard James Keenan over the release of the record. In an interview with Revolver, guitarist Adam Jones revealed that the blame placed on Keenan left him feeling anxious.

“It has been a while. I never felt pressure, though. I felt anxiety because they would blame our singer, and it’s not his fault.” He shared. “We all have our own things going on — lives, families, other projects, other interests — so it’s ready when it’s ready. But I appreciate the dedication from our fans — the very strong dedication.”

Tool are set to release Fear Inoculum, on August 30th. You can check out the album’s tracklisting here.

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