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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Maynard Keenan of Tool performs onstage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 3 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2017 in New York City; PASADENA, CA - JULY 29: Musician Kirk Hammett of Metallica performs onstage at the Rose Bowl on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

Tool fans are chomping at the bit for updates on the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days, and the latest piece of news comes via an unlikely source: Kirk Hammett.

The Metalica guitarist was speaking with New Zealand radio station The Rock when he was asked what advice he’d give to Tool to help them finish their fifth studio album. Hammett responded with, “Well, I talk to Adam Jones quite a bit, and the last thing I knew, he was dealing with artwork. So, that is a good sign. If they’re dealing with artwork, it must be close.”

Couple this update with the last one from Maynard James Keenan, and it sounds like Tool really is reaching the finishing line. Keenan tweeted back in February, “Update- Midway through mixing. Most likely be a few recalls. Then some arguing. Then Mastering, Artwork, Video, Special Packaging, etc. Best Ballpark Guess- Release date somewhere between Mid May and Mid July. More focused updates to follow as we progress. @tool #simplemath”

Once again, there’s still no release date so far, but all of this is very promising.
  

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.