Tool debuts two new songs

2019-05-07 by SitarHero CONTRIBUTOR | 127 Comments
The compulsive progcrastinators in Tool have finally begun to debut new music off their still unconfirmed yet eagerly anticipated fifth studio album. The band have started performing two new tracks, entitled "Descending" and "Invincible" on the ongoing US leg of their 2019 tour.

The closest estimate to a possible release date continues to be mid-May to mid-July as stated by frontman Maynard James Keenan back in February:
twitter.com/mjkeenan/status/1093896093346127872

UPDATE: Based on reports of a countdown to a screen with the date August 30th during the band's concerts, it is rumoured that this will be the actual release date of the album.

"Invincible"



"Descending"


Tagged: Tool

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Confessed2005
May 6th 2019
4619 Comments


Finally.

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 6th 2019
742 Comments


oh shit it happened

Skoj
May 6th 2019
1725 Comments


these are fucking awful

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Source
May 6th 2019
10873 Comments


sweet

Kompys2000
May 6th 2019
2605 Comments


'Progcrastinators', lol

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artiswar
May 6th 2019
7818 Comments


hahaha very cheeky Sitar, you are veritably incorrigible

IronGiant
May 6th 2019
1621 Comments


there's a lot of interesting, complex things going on underneath these tunes, despite the bad audio recording. stoked to hear studio versions of these songs

Sinternet
May 6th 2019
19355 Comments


expecting this to be just as bad as last APC

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Tyler.
May 6th 2019
16824 Comments


time to open my third eye and listen to some real music

Bedex
May 6th 2019
95 Comments


'Progcrastinators', lol [2]

GhandhiLion
May 6th 2019
4341 Comments


Joe Rogan the band

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Skoj
May 6th 2019
1725 Comments


"Joe Rogan the band"

fucking lol

Kompys2000
May 6th 2019
2605 Comments


You're not wrong but still fuck off

Darius the Great
May 6th 2019
20403 Comments


hey what do you know

"expecting this to be just as bad as last APC"

hoping this wont be the case but youre probably right

MO
May 6th 2019
22573 Comments


not bad but tool live is always kinda hit or miss I find. I'll reserve judgement for the album

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 6th 2019
30663 Comments


"The closest estimate to a possible release date continues to be mid-May to mid-July"

Of 2021, if we're taking bets here

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2019
15798 Comments


I have faith it'll be a surprise drop.

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jmh886
May 6th 2019
2343 Comments


i mean it's hard to judge the tunes based on a crappy phone recording of the first or second time they've ever played on a song. progress is progress. danny is still a beast. hard to tell if descending is actually complete or they are just jamming.

sharkmsc
May 6th 2019
169 Comments


If we're talking about Tool, best to sitdown.

Relinquished
May 6th 2019
39853 Comments


“not bad but tool live is always kinda hit or miss I find.”

I was there for the set. It was awesome, and the florida audience was fuckin wild

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 6th 2019
742 Comments


I actually like these huh

AgentDeathbat
May 6th 2019
9884 Comments


"expecting this to be just as bad as last APC"
Eat the Elephant was basically Thirteenth Step-lite tho, so it was still pretty dope

MO
May 6th 2019
22573 Comments


niiice Wolfe. I find Jones is the one who can make or break their live set. I've seen them before and he fell off time and butchered a couple tunes

Relinquished
May 6th 2019
39853 Comments


I was mainly able to see the other 3 anyway. Chancellor and Carey impressed me the most.

JayEnder
May 6th 2019
3799 Comments


The time is upon us. Both are sounding massive.

Undoubtedly will attract plenty of naysayers but I fuck with it.

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rhinocerosmilk
May 6th 2019
129 Comments


Sounds so much like Tool that I can't escape the feeling I've heard these songs before.

Sinternet
May 6th 2019
19355 Comments


'Eat the Elephant was basically Thirteenth Step-lite tho'

you say that like it's a good thing

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 6th 2019
742 Comments


you say you say that like we dont obviously know his delusional ass really does think it's a good thing

cav63
May 6th 2019
7 Comments


can't wait to hear the studio versions once the album comes out in 2035

Flashmobba
May 6th 2019
1206 Comments


these are sososo good, album is about to RIP hard

Larkinhill
May 6th 2019
1995 Comments


It’s tempting but I’m waiting to consume the album in full and studio quality. Not even gonna listen to any singles. This is sacred lol.

artiswar
May 6th 2019
7818 Comments


I just had a mean burrito and I'm about to rip hard

deezer666
May 6th 2019
4190 Comments


Joe Rogan the band' hahahahahaha

Seriously though imagine a band you love who youve been dying to hear new stuff from plays some new shit live and you STILL fucking talk through it.

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AgentDeathbat
May 6th 2019
9884 Comments


"you say that like it's a good thing"
Thirteenth Step rules tho

TheGreatQ
May 6th 2019
2810 Comments


Oh fuck it’s happening

judgedeath2
May 6th 2019
64 Comments


> Thirteenth Step rules tho
Yep.

New tracks rip instrumentally, vox do kinda sound like EtE Maynard, but I'll reserve that judgement for studio.

Was wondering how this sputnik would react to new Tool, I see it's still too cool. Danny Carey is out of his goddamn mind!

TheGreatQ
May 6th 2019
2810 Comments


Descending isn’t new btw, they’ve been playing it live for years

artiswar
May 6th 2019
7818 Comments


no.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2019
9453 Comments


Was almost sure this link was going to redirect me to a virus download

CaptainDooRight
May 7th 2019
3539 Comments






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JeetJeet
May 7th 2019
6464 Comments


"time to open my brown eye and listen to some real music" [2]


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Trophycase
May 7th 2019
1386 Comments


"Joe Rogan the band"

I'm dying

Voltimand
May 7th 2019
1014 Comments


"Joe Rogan the band"

It's entirely possible.

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ArsMoriendi
May 7th 2019
26158 Comments


Holy fuck, just release the album already so people can complain about how it isn't as good as Lateralus already

This band really knows how to drag things out, not just their songs, but I guess also their album announcements

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beefshoes
May 7th 2019
7273 Comments


Bill Hicks and Joe Rogan spend the afternoon tapping DMT into their spinal cords with bean burritos between the cheeks of their arse.

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InFlamesWeThrash666
May 7th 2019
8889 Comments


Good thread

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brainmelter
May 7th 2019
6352 Comments


will undoubtedly suck

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2019
56613 Comments


george r r martin the band

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Horfeepee01
May 7th 2019
9 Comments


'Progcrastinators', lol [3]

Eons
May 7th 2019
2223 Comments


Invincible as a song name is so un-tool like. Makes me think of like Celine Dion or some boy band. By the way, how do we know that these are the song titles, anyway? Have the band said that they are?

sizeofanocean
May 7th 2019
1088 Comments


Agreed, i already thought that upon first seeing the song titles.
I really hope the vocals are more interesting because damn those were a snoozefest. Yeah i know he's in his fifties now but there are still vocalists in his age that still kick ass

Eons
May 7th 2019
2223 Comments


The potential problem with this album, if there will be one, will be in the mixing. The vocals on the APC album were good, but they were mixed so loud and sounded disconnected from the instrumentals. If that happens in Tool it'll completely strip the band's vibe away because Maynard has always sounded drowned in the band (unless it was a quiet song). Which adds to the dense sound of the band. Let's hope they use the same mixer as the last two albums and do it in a similar way.

sizeofanocean
May 7th 2019
1088 Comments


Once again this is a valid point. Then again Tool was always well produced, i don't think this will be an actual issue

Papa Universe
May 7th 2019
20988 Comments


And that's all we'll ever hear from them again.

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2019
9432 Comments


"The potential problem with this album, if there will be one, will be in the mixing. The vocals on the APC album were good, but they were mixed so loud and sounded disconnected from the instrumentals."

APC has always been much more vocal focused than Tool. And it's highly unlikely that this album is being mixed by the same person who mixed EtE.

sizeofanocean
May 7th 2019
1088 Comments


Yeah that would be pretty weird. At this point i'm not even expecting much in terms of vocals if the music is actually interesting and they bring in some new elements

Trifolium
May 7th 2019
5834 Comments


Does he say
''Warrior
Struggling
To remain
Relevant''?
And
''Where I've been? Here I am''
;-)

Demon of the Fall
May 7th 2019
10387 Comments


'Eat the Elephant was basically Thirteenth Step-lite tho'

'you say that like it's a good thing' (2)

tbf Thirteenth step was at least twice as good as ETE... which makes it a hard 2.5/5.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
May 7th 2019
30663 Comments


Eat the Elephant is my favorite APC

GooGooGajoob
May 7th 2019
201 Comments


...I think Invincible sucks...Descending is goodish but still so long, but Invincible is just has like nothing going for it...

I'm worried but not surprised either, pretty sure Tool has long since been dysfunctional since 2012- with the huge split between Maynard and the band. Just listen to how much the vocals feel like they were thrown on top without any collaboration with the instrumental.


GooGooGajoob
May 7th 2019
201 Comments


Just to preface, I'm a fucking long time Tool fan - long songs aren't a problem. Fucking Third Eye for christ sake is one of my favourite songs of theirs, but these songs don't go anywhere near enough changes and elements to stay musically exciting or interesting. And when it falls down to just chugging...man that's like bottom of the barrel.

What's the bet half the record has songs ending in chugged out riffs all drop D...wait, that's already 50% of Tool's songs...

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 7th 2019
8889 Comments


"Just listen to how much the vocals feel like they were thrown on top without any collaboration with the instrumental"

That's how they worked for the previous two albums though. Adam,Justin and Danny wrote the songs and Maynard added vocals later when they were done.




GooGooGajoob
May 7th 2019
201 Comments


I'm gonna say no

PistolPete
May 7th 2019
4985 Comments


Omg it’s happening :O

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2019
25247 Comments


why do these sound like every other tool song ive ever heard

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Relinquished
May 7th 2019
39853 Comments


even though everyone else got snippets, the songs actually sounded kickass in between their old material and they were looong. the set ruled.

Trifolium
May 7th 2019
5834 Comments


''why do these sound like every other tool song ive ever heard''
They kinda do, don't they? Like: a lot.
I like the vibes, the flow, but they're quite long for how uneventful they seem at first glance.

Relinquished
May 7th 2019
39853 Comments


tool sounding like tool???? after 13 years???? who would've thought

Trifolium
May 7th 2019
5834 Comments


Fair enough! Let's find out what the actual recordings sound like before going into those kinds of arguments.

Relinquished
May 7th 2019
39853 Comments


I haven't checked the recordings cuz I have my own from that night. Obviously a different experience once you're up front listening to these. I'm also not one to to negatively extrapolate using poor quality, far-framed live recordings how the songs will translate on record cuz that's fairly petty and reaching. There's still overdubs, tracking, and effects that haven't been implemented at the show yet.
Yes, it's been 13 years.
Yes, everyone has overlistened to their music over the years to the point the new stuff "sounds like Tool".
Yes, hype is mostly not worthwhile and people have lived long enough to know better (or should). It's been too long for me to care to hold expectations and any resentment for all of the teasing and narratives.
Yes, they're all still old too. Maynard doesn't belt it out like he used to but they all proved to be solid and energetic after all of these years.

won't lie that the show made me realise all over again after 10 years that I'm a fan after 20 fuckin years of listening to them, but for the most part I've seen people jump at the read to discredit phone recordings as if they hadn't learned their lesson from youtube after all of this time in their internet experiences.

Trifolium
May 7th 2019
5834 Comments


To clarify: I meant the studio versions with ''recordings''.

Nice! I'd love to see them live sometime, never have.

Relinquished
May 7th 2019
39853 Comments


I gotchu, my post was for everyone else

DoctorSpaghetti0
May 7th 2019
2 Comments


Tool has been playing Descending on tour for about 2 years now, but whatever, enjoy the 'debut'

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2019
9432 Comments


"Tool has been playing Descending on tour for about 2 years now, but whatever, enjoy the 'debut'"

Tool has been playing Descending in instrumental jam form for at least 4 years. This is its debut as an actual complete song with vocals. So yes, it is actually the 'debut'.


FadedSun
May 7th 2019
1943 Comments


People already judging an entire album based on shitty recordings of live songs.

BlazinBlitzer
May 7th 2019
1359 Comments


I saw them play a shorter version of "Descending" live back in January 2016, though the new version is much better. It's a shame that "Invincible" isn't nearly as good and sounds like the average Tool song without anything to make it stand out above the rest their discography.

Basically, I agree with everything GooGooGaJoob said.

DDDeftoneDDD
May 7th 2019
5059 Comments


Cool songs. Can t wait to check them on studio version, as a complete piece, with full attention to the details. Only remark is that 13 years later nothing is added or different in their sound, but this opinion may change. Dig the thigh heavy riff at Invincible's ending.

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Daesu
May 7th 2019
28 Comments


no innovation after 13 years is a bit disappointing, but I'm excited nonetheless

Voltimand
May 7th 2019
1014 Comments


People already judging an entire album based on shitty recordings of live songs. [2]

I lol'd at "potential problem with the album's recording" like wtf dude.

MotokoKusanagi
May 7th 2019
1800 Comments


can't wait to hear the studio versions, they sound great

DDDeftoneDDD
May 7th 2019
5059 Comments


"potential problem with the album's recording" lol

NonApplicable
May 7th 2019
2689 Comments


There are so many jaded people in this thread. Invincible sounds great.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2019
4770 Comments


After so many years of waiting, it won't matter if they release the best album ever recorded. The fan-made expectations are so high that a lot of people will find it disappointing.

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Flugmorph
May 7th 2019
20982 Comments


awesome

Firedust
May 7th 2019
1176 Comments


most annoying prog band in the world
meh

slikphuk
May 7th 2019
418 Comments


as much as i love this band theyre so f'n overrated and overhyped this album prolly wont even be as good as people make it because of anticipation for so many years.

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GooGooGajoob
May 7th 2019
201 Comments


Your kinda right about judging on phone recordings, but the alarm bells are going a bit. Expectations schmecktation, it doesn't fucking matter how much time there is between an honestly great album - I just hope they didn't do this with the only motivation being 'for the fans sake.'

Tb1114
May 7th 2019
265 Comments


These songs could be absolute poopoo, all I care about is if their active if that means they'll put a King Crimson and finally reluctantly add their music to streaming.

Djang0
May 7th 2019
339 Comments


I can't believe I actually expected their sound to change by even an inkling after 13 years. What's here is pretty alright though I suppose

Tw1ster
May 7th 2019
163 Comments


I can’t wait. I think Invincible has a great build. Some pretty awesome drumming towards the end to go along with some pretty simple and heavy riffs

VacantTool
May 7th 2019
180 Comments



“These songs could be absolute poopoo, all I care about is if their active if that means they'll put a King Crimson and finally reluctantly add their music to streaming.”

Well they finally just posted profiles on Spotify and Tool. Should happen soon.


jayt851
May 7th 2019
359 Comments


I can't wait to hear a good clean studio version of these new songs

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 7th 2019
43126 Comments


Is it even possible to still care about this?

Snake.
May 7th 2019
21662 Comments


if you have no personality there's not much to care about now that the avengers movies are over

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2019
15798 Comments


"all I care about is if their active if that means they'll put a King Crimson and finally reluctantly add their music to streaming.!"

Saw some news about Tool profiles being created for Spotify and Apple Music so it's possible.

Foxcatcher
May 7th 2019
7 Comments


Don't have high hopes for the album as it still seems that Tool think they are a prog band capable of writing interesting and engaging 10+minute songs. They're not, and thay never were. Wish they would just stick to writing straight-up rock songs like Parabola, Stinkfist, 46&2 and leave the prog to the bands that do it well.

That said, the songs sound...fine. But like someone else pointed out, have they not evolved at all in all this time? Heard it all before.

Rowhaus
May 7th 2019
2293 Comments


Band sucks as hard as ever. I wonder if Maynard’s mom died just to get away from his awful voice.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
May 7th 2019
43126 Comments


savage, i love it

acorncheese
May 7th 2019
7138 Comments


jones is by far the most boring guitarist to ever aid in the creation of an all time great album (lateralus)

Kompys2000
May 7th 2019
2605 Comments


Yep these sure are 2 Tool songs.

GooGooGajoob
May 7th 2019
201 Comments


'Yep these sure are 2 Tool songs.'

lel, amen

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2019
9432 Comments


"jones is by far the most boring guitarist to ever aid in the creation of an all time great album (lateralus)"

Huh?

Larkinhill
May 7th 2019
1995 Comments


A lot of salty, cynical fucks here.

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 7th 2019
8889 Comments


New album August 30th

Asdfp277
May 8th 2019
20330 Comments


🤣🤣🤣

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RATTFINK
May 8th 2019
34 Comments


So glad you waste your time commenting on how much you don't enjoy the songs. Your life is wild. I'm so jealous.

ArtBox
May 8th 2019
284 Comments


Fibonacci sequence nerds rise up, your time has come again

FadedSun
May 8th 2019
1943 Comments


Not sure why people love to hate on Tool so much. I never see comments like "Yep, sounds like a Converge song", or place any band there for that matter that has a distinct sound that they stick to.

jmh886
May 8th 2019
2343 Comments


^^exactly. or any of the other thousand bands that haven't changed their sound all that much. a band becomes "cool" to hate. if tool came out sounding completely different those same exact people would complain that they changed from their earlier material.

to the guy with the claim "that Tool think they are a prog band capable of writing interesting and engaging 10+minute songs. They're not, and thay never were." here's a list of 8 plus minute songs tool have written that are incredible: Eulogy, Pushit, Third Eye, The Grudge, Lateralus, Disposition/Reflection/Triad, Pushit Live off Salival, Disgustipated, 10,000 Days, Rosetta Stoned, Right in Two. If you think tool's best songs are stinkfist and parabola you haven't been listening and don't know what the fuck you are talking about so kindly fuck off.

also just getting around to invincible, sounds way cooler than descending.

Trifolium
May 8th 2019
5834 Comments


''Not sure why people love to hate on Tool so much. I never see comments like "Yep, sounds like a Converge song", or place any band there for that matter that has a distinct sound that they stick to.''

I think this is because they have reached very high levels of acclaim/many people expect them to be the best-of-the-best. If they release safe material (such as songs that sound exactly like music they've been making for ~20 years) that is going to raise some eyebrows. It's no blow-me-away-and-wipe-me-up level of excellence if you've 'heard it before'.

sizeofanocean
May 8th 2019
1088 Comments


We should place bets whether the album will be streaming if it is actually released on that day
Even King Crimson stream (Apple Music) or will stream (Spotify & the rest) their stuff now

Valkoor952
May 8th 2019
2609 Comments


"Band sucks as hard as ever. I wonder if Maynard’s mom died just to get away from his awful voice. "

It's always great to see that the mentally retarded are still accepted by Sputnik's community

Egarran
May 8th 2019
10066 Comments


"A lot of salty, cynical fucks here."

Projection and low self-esteem explains most of those.

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Rowhaus
May 8th 2019
2293 Comments


Valk it’s called a roast.

derkaderka
May 8th 2019
117 Comments


I don't want to judge too much since the quality is shit, but neither one of these songs really did anything for me. They both have a few interesting moments, but as a whole they're honestly pretty damn boring.

Valkoor952
May 8th 2019
2609 Comments


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1M1PdXNJurd1Xg-Eg7seaawLYP1u_6Gwd

Best quality so far of the new songs. These recordings are from their second performance (yesterday)
Gotta say, the songs are definitely sounding better than on the debut performance.

TomBrady
May 9th 2019
111 Comments


wow a lot of people on their period, but that’s a given on this moody cunt of a website.

Anyway these songs are awesome, they’ve exceeded my expectations.

travisaurusrex
May 9th 2019
50 Comments


I cannot stop listening to Invincible, what an amazing song

Dunpeal
May 10th 2019
4192 Comments


"time to open my brown eye and listen to some real music" [123]




Egarran
May 10th 2019
10066 Comments


"a lot of people on their period, but that’s a given on this moody cunt of a website."

He said, unironically.

Trifolium
May 10th 2019
5834 Comments


Hahaha Egarran! A beaut of cosmic-vaginal proportions.

...I mean, that 2001: A Space Odyssey-baby had to come from somewhere.

Dedes
May 10th 2019
6402 Comments


Invincible is good but man does it drag too long

osteporosis
May 10th 2019
497 Comments


Tbh this sounds promising to me. Has classic tool written all over it. Stoked.

beefshoes
May 10th 2019
7273 Comments


Going into it with absolutely no expectations whatsoever, the songs are decent. Not a fan of the band at all, but I am looking forward to checking this out later in the year.

travisaurusrex
May 11th 2019
50 Comments


Got my Aftershock tickets, can't wait to see them live in October!!!

ArsMoriendi
May 11th 2019
26158 Comments


"but man does it drag too long"

Half of Tool's discography

Asdfp277
May 11th 2019
20330 Comments


kinda, sometimes



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