We're still waiting for Tool's new album -- and the group is tired of hearing fans gripe about it.
Tool's webmaster, Blair, has posted a message co-singed by all four of the group members, criticizing those who have been criticizing and hating on the group as the wait for a follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days grows longer. The post contends that Blair's periodic newsletters are "about positive thinking versus negative thinking...about cleansing negative energy and boosting positive energy." He adds that those who have been critical about the gap between albums -- even saying they're abandoning Tool because of it -- "invalidate all they're disavowing! To any psychiatrist worth their $$$, this would be clearly evident."
Tool has acknowledged it's working on material, but without a release date in sight.
Martin Hagstrom of Meshuggah, who heard demos during a visit to Tool drummer Danny Carey's house, told Rocksverige that the songs were "the best I've heard of Tool."
Tool has five live dates scheduled for October, including the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, Calif, and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.