After 13 years, Tool have finally revealed the release date of their long-awaited fifth studio album.
Ever since Tool released 10,000 Days just over 13 years ago, fans have been wondering when the band might finally unleash a new collection of stunning songs.

While we managed to receive almost the entirety of Puscifer’s career in that time, along with a new album and live shows from A Perfect Circle, these last few months have indicated that Tool are finally gearing up to unleash their new record.

This time last year, we received a partial snippet of a new track called ‘Descending’, undoubtedly exciting fans with the promise of new material. Since then, things have been quiet in regards to actually hearing fresh material, though the rumour mill has continued.

Earlier this year though, drummer Danny Carey said the band’s new album would arrive in “mid-April”, before Maynard James Keenan clarified things by noting the release date would be “somewhere between Mid May and Mid July. More focused updates to follow as we progress.”

Earlier this week though, Tool made their return to the live stage, performing new music as promised, including a version of ‘Descending’ with vocals for the first time, and a brand new track called ‘Invincible’.

Now, the group have used their latest live appearance to finally give us the news we’ve been waiting for.

Performing at Alabama’s Legacy Arena on Tuesday night, Tool treated their fans to a set full of classics, and the aforementioned new tracks.

However, according to fans over on the Tool subreddit, the group also gave their audience a rare intermission, at which point the date August 30th was displayed upon screens behind the stage, revealing this as the release date of their new record.

Of course, we still have to wait for the band to make a formal announcement, but considering we finally have a date on which we’ll hear new music, the countdown can finally begin. Maybe now we’ll see the group’s music released onto Spotify and other streaming services?

Here’s hoping that we’ll be finally receiving a new single in the coming weeks, finally putting this drought of new Tool music to an end once and for all.

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