From Tool’s Facebook:
“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”
It’s interesting that the ongoing legal issues, previously cited as a reason for the new album not coming to fruition, weren’t mentioned. What legal troubles you ask? Hhhwweeellll…
So a friend of the band created some artwork, and wanted “credit,” ($$$) and initiated a lawsuit against Tool. Then, the company that handles lawsuits for Tool… sued the band over “technicalities” in the case. Then, the band counter-sued the insurer. And 7 years later, they’re still in litigation. (This Rolling Stones article from 2014 gives a more in depth rundown. )
As a group of creatives, the band really doesn’t owe us fans anything – but it’s nice to hear that the project is still ongoing. And, y’know, the memes.