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Adam Jones Speaks On Concept Of New Tool Album “Fear Inoculum”, Running Time Revealed


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Tool guitarist Adam Jones was recently interviewed about the band’s forthcoming new album “Fear Inoculum” with the feature to appear as the cover story on the forthcoming October 2019 issue of ‘Guitar World‘. While that issue isn’t on sale until August 13th, a few copies of it have already made there way out into the wild and thus, here we are.

The interview reveals some interesting points about the forthcoming new album, including word that it will sport an 80-minute running time split across seven included tracks.

Among the other tidbits of info shared are a song featuring a 4 minute solo section and a general lack of any songs adhering to the standard radio single format. While much of the interview leans into the gear Jones used on the effort, he did offer up an interesting bit about how the number seven wound up playing a role in the concept of the record.

He commented of that:

“I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin and I brought in were in seven. You don’t really go ‘I’m going to write a riff in seven!’

You just write a riff and you count it out and it turns out to be in seven. Without being too descriptive about the concept, the main thing is that the seven beat just kept coming up, and riffs in seven kept coming up. It was really weird!

When we finished recording, I went to the guys and said ‘I think we should called the record Volume 7’ because a lot of the songs are in seven and there are seven tracks on the record.

Then Maynard told me about a whole concept he had about the number seven. We were all like, ‘Oh My God! This is too weird!’ Then Alex Grey [Tool album artist] basically said the same thing and he has a concept that will reveal itself through video.

So there are a lot of rhythms and polyrhythms where we explore 7/4 or 7/3, and there’s a riff we count in 21 — which we count as three rounds of seven. I wrote a four-minute lead over something counted in 21, which is crazy!”

Fear Inoculum” is presently slated for an August 30th release date. In preparation for its upcoming release, the band finally launched their back catalog on digital streaming/download services earlier today, August 02nd. You can check that out here.

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