Tool drop first new song in 13 years

It’s the title track of their upcoming record, Fear Inoculum.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. Image: Eleanor Jane

Tool have released their first new song in 13 years, Fear Inoculum. This is the title track of their forthcoming album, due out 30 August.

The song comes hot on the heels of news that the cult metal icons’ full catalogue is now available on all major streaming services including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify and TIDAL.

The new track itself is 10 minutes’ worth of droning guitar chords, Eastern-tinged percussion work and Maynard James Keenan’s hypnotic vocals. It’s been a long wait for fans, but if Fear Inoculum is anything to go by, the new album seems to be worth the wait.

And if you’ve been wondering why the new record has taken so long, Keenan candidly spoke about it on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast recently. “The four of us are a lot of fucking work, just to get anywhere, oh my God. Everything’s a fucking committee meeting and it always gets shut down,” he said.

“[The hurdle is] success. When you get successful, you think you’re right about everything and you’re pretty sure as that individual: ‘I am right and you are wrong, because I’m successful and we’re successful because of me, not because of you.’ It’s not that bad with us, but there’s a dynamic of, like, ‘I want this and I’ve always gotten my way and that’s why we’re successful, because I don’t compromise on this or that.’ I’m the same way. I’m totally the same way.”

Check out the new song here:

More information about Fear Inoculum at


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