Just one day after receiving the official artwork to their new album, Tool have opened up about the themes that their upcoming record will touch upon.

By now, just about everyone is aware that Tool are set to release their first album in 13 years at the end of this month.

The result of numerous years of rumours, innuendo, and false promises, it seems that no one is more happy for the record to come out than frontman Maynard James Keenan.

“I’m just so excited we finished this record,” Maynard explained during a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. “A lot of weight lifted off my chest.

“The four of us are a lot of f**king work. Everything is a f**king committee meeting, and it always gets shut down,” he continues. “When you get successful, you think you’re right about everything. It’s not that bad with us, but there’s [that] dynamic.”

Now, the band have taken part in a new interview with Revolver (via Metal Injection), touching upon a number of topics, including the themes that their upcoming record will face.

Check out Tool’s ‘Lateralus’:

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Titled Fear Inoculum, Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Adam Jones noted that the album and its title are all about facing your fears, and ultimately overcoming them.

“I feel like this is [about] wisdom through age, through experience,” Maynard notes. “Hopefully through aging you find wisdom in some of the things you’ve encountered. Learning from your mistakes, learning from your successes.

“So if anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we’ve come from and some of the things we’ve grown through.”

“Things like, ‘I’m gonna wear socks with sandals. I don’t give a fuck what people think, I’m just gonna be comfortable’,” adds Adam Jones. “So it’s about the little things in life.

“It’s making those choices and moving on and growing. There’s a little bit of Frank Herbert’s Dune in that, so I’m into it. I’m so excited for this new record.

“The songs are very long but they are like movements. It’s like two or three songs in one, but they relate. They flow. So I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But I am ecstatic.”

Upon revealing their new album artwork, Tool also noted that we’ll be receiving the album’s title track – their first new song since 2006 – very soon.

Check out ‘Vicarious’ by Tool:


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