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Tool’s Fear Inoculum Just Earned a Pair of Grammy Nominations

Tool fans aren’t the only ones impressed with Fear Inoculum, the band’s fifth studio album. The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday, November 20, that Tool has earned two Grammy nominations for the record that was 13 years in the making: Best Metal Performance for “7empest” and Best Rock Song for the album’s title track. They’re up...

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Tool Give Fans an Expanded Dose of Fear Inoculum This Holiday Season

Tool have announced the release of “an expanded book edition” of the band’s 2019 album Fear Inoculum. The new edition of the critically acclaimed album will feature five “3-D lenticular cards with exclusive graphics, an expanded 56-page booklet with additional never-before-seen art, a download of the groundbreaking immersive visual experience (video), ‘Recusant Ad Infinitum,’ and...

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Tool Are Extending Their North American Tour Into 2020

Tool aren’t ready to end their post-Fear Inoculum victory lap just yet. The prog-metal band have announced a new set of North American tour dates effectively separating frontman Maynard James Keenan from his precious grapes for a three-week stretch in January 2020. The new set of dates begin in San Diego on January 10 and...

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The 40 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

This article originally appeared in the September 2002 issue of SPIN. From Black Sabbath to Korn, here is the definitive list of records to break your mother’s heart (unless your mother happens to be Lita Ford). 40. Spinal Tap – This Is Spinal Tap and Tenacious D – Tenacious D Metal’s tough to satirize—even when...

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Tool’s Danny Carey Doesn’t Want to Wait 12 Years for Another Album Either

Vague but positive news for restless Tool fans: Drummer Danny Carey has set a tentative timeline of “hopefully not 12 years from now” for when the band might release its next album. Carey shared his thoughts on the crew’s future plans in an interview with Metal Hammer, saying he would prefer to start recording new...

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Maynard James Keenan Posts Celebratory Thanos Meme About Taylor Swift After Fear Inoculum Hits No. 1

Tool’s new album Fear Inoculum just claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 (the biggest debut for a rock album in over a year), but Maynard James Keenan was celebrating early. Last week, when it looked like the album was going to outsell Taylor Swift’s Lover, Keenan took to Twitter to toast his impending victory. Heh. #comedyfirstandalways #lightenuporjogon @taylorswift13 @puscifer...

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Tool’s Fear Inoculum Debuts at No.1 With Biggest Rock Album Opening Week In Over a Year

Tool’s Fear Inoculum, the band’s first album in 13 years, has reached #1 on the Billboard album charts in its opening week. As Billboard reports, this makes it the biggest debut for any rock album to be released in over a year. (The last to outsell it was Dave Matthews’ Come Tomorrow in June of 2018.) Fear Inoculum racked up 270,000 album...

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Maynard James Keenan on Justin Bieber: “He’s Probably a Good Kid”

As the content gods demanded, Zane Lowe asked Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan about his minor spat with Justin Bieber. In case you missed it, Bieber posted an Instagram story of himself listening to Tool in July, and Keenan responded in a tweet: “#bummer.” With Tool’s new album Fear Inoculum out now, Keenan visited Lowe’s...

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Maynard James Keenan Says Fear Inoculum Was “Fantastic 8 Years Ago” in New Interview

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, Maynard James Keenan shed some light on the long road to Tool’s new album Fear Inoculum. As for why the band needed 13 years to complete it, Keenan said, “I think a lot of it is just that age where you want it to be right...

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Tool Time: Fear Inoculum Dance Party Breaks Out at Burning Man

Burning Man overlapped with Tool’s album release day this year, which likely created a dilemma for prog-metal fans who had to make a choice between listening to Fear Inoculum the moment it came out or biking around the California desert while wearing angel wings and a loincloth. Fortunately, artist Alex Grey was at the festival,...

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