Adam Jones shares an early demo of Tool’s Descending

In his Instagram post, Jones gets into some of the nitty gritty of the song’s conception.

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Guitarist Adam Jones has shared an early demo of Tool’s Descending, the sixth track of the band’s 2019 album, Fear Inoculum. Take a listen below.

Fans of Tool have been widely known to dissect and analyse the band’s tunes; which are often both musically and thematically complex. Along with the partial demo, Jones supplied a brief elaboration on the band’s creative process with Descending – revealing that the song’s septuple meter was born out of a contribution from bassist Justin Chancellor.

“Justin brought in this killer 7 melody which is now the main verse of the song. (He called it “bluegrass” as a working title)”, Jones wrote, “We jammed it a long time trying to find other cool working parts. Eventually I added the 9 beat turnaround and a chorus. Then we arranged the intro – which came along very naturally.”

Arriving roughly 13 years after 2006’s 10,000 Days, Tool’s fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum finally saw the light of release day on 30 August 2019. Recording sessions for the album took place with acclaimed engineer Joe Barresi, and was mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig.

Unfortunately, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – Tool have had to announce the postponement of their tour to support Fear Inoculum.

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