Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan offered up perhaps his most concrete statement to date regarding the band's long-awaited new album, which is currently being recorded. While accepting the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Icon Award at a ceremony in London, England on Monday night (June 11th), Keenan said, "A lot of work's being done, a lot of work's been done. I'll go on record now saying you're gonna see some new music next year."

  • Keenan's comment came just a day after a post on Tool's official Facebook page revealed a picture from the studio showing bassist Justin Chancellor's equipment. The caption read, "Justin's bass setup in the studio. Sounds like he is making great progress recording in 'a great studio.'"
  • Drummer Danny Carey has already laid down his drum parts, meaning that Chancellor will be followed by guitarist Adam Jones in the studio, with Keenan coming in last to record his vocals.
  • The last Tool LP, 10,000 Days, arrived 12 years ago in 2006. After touring behind that album for a couple of years and then taking a break, legal issues, illness, a drawn-out writing process and other challenges kept the band from entering the studio until this past March.
  • Keenan has also been busy recording and touring with A Perfect Circle, whose own long-delayed new album Eat The Elephant came out in April.

Story source: Loudwire


30 Seconds To Mars guitarist Tomo Milicevic has quit the band, according to Loudwire. The news came from Milicevic himself in a tweet that said, “I am no longer in 30 Seconds To Mars. I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.”

Milicevic continued, “The years that I have been privileged enough to spend with all of you live inside of my heart and mind as some of the most amazing memories I’ll ever have. Even though this is incredibly painful because of my attachment to, and love for everyone involved, I know that this pain will be fleeting for myself, and anyone who’s feeling the same because I know that it is the right thing."

  • Milicevic joined 30 Seconds To Mars in 2003 and has performed on all four of the band’s albums since then, starting with its 2005 sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie.
  • The group released their most recent LP, America, earlier this year. Its current single, “Dangerous Night,” currently tops the Alternative radio airplay chart.
  • 30 Seconds To Mars is currently in the midst of a lengthy North American tour, and at press time it was unclear how the band was going to proceed without its guitarist. The tour, which also featured Joywave and Walk The Moon, is next scheduled to stop in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday (June 13th).

Story source: Loudwire

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