Thanks to a Reddit user and his “rock solid” source, a deluge of details pertaining to the new Tool album has gotten out. The album, titled Decem, is allegedly set to release this Fall and is said to be a 2 hour, 38 minute and 37 second, 2-disc sensation; essentially two albums’ worth of material in one release.
Unfortunately, all but the title of the original reddit thread has since been taken down. Luckily, however, various sources managed to nab the post’s content before its removal, which read as follows:
“I think Tool has been leading us on in the press. I absolutely cannot reveal my sources for this. Let’s just say that the mixing process has happened.
I will try to get any additional piece of information I can to try and add further validity. I’m excited too and I hope this is true. Under no circumstance will I reveal any personal information about the source.
Although I really don’t think this is a troll job from my source, there is one thing that makes me suspicious. ‘Decem,’ if my research is right, means ‘ten.’ Could that refer to the 10 years between albums? If so, that seems awful meta for Tool.
I’m a huge fan of Tool myself and will be disappointed if it’s not true. I just wanted to share what could possibly be huge news in the music world.”
In addition to the statement, the user also disclosed the purported track list and times for Decem:
1. Abscissa (13:47)
2. The Awakening (12:03)
3. Gematria (Act I) (14:33)
4. Regresolution (13:56)
5. Divinotus (12:45)
6. Astral (Act II) (12:21)
7. Descending (13:53)
8. Decem (12:22)
9. Lesous (Act III) (12:43)
10. Principles of March (12:01)
11. Pascal’s Wager (13:46)
12. Zeta (Act IV) (14:27)
Although hard to believe, as is any new intel pertaining to Tool, the evidence as a whole is pretty convincing. A few weeks ago, we heard from Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne that Tool guitarist Adam Jones told him that the shortest track on the new Tool album would be 12-minutes in length, which the track list supports. Also, it was leaked that the new material incorporated into the band’s most recent tour was a segment from a track titled ‘Descending’, which is listed as track number seven on the forthcoming album.
Additionally, it is said that Tool is planning yet another tour, this one set to launch after the supposed release date of the forthcoming album. Also, their official site, ToolArmy.com has recently received a revamp. Lastly, and perhaps most pertinent of all, the album’s title, Decem, is Latin for the cardinal numeral X, or the number 10, which seems relevant for a 2016 release – 10 years since the band’s latest album.
As word of the Fall release began getting around, Maynard tweeted one word in response to the rumor, “#dumb.” Some interpret this as indication of a hoax, while others believe that’s exactly what Maynard would say. We will find out soon enough if this information is true, or if we have all been included in yet another cruel trick. Check back for more as we learn.