It has been more than a decade since the 2006 Tool release, 10,000 Days. Now, the hype has been building for the past few weeks over their latest album — Fear Inoculum — scheduled to release on August 30.
If anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we’ve come from and some of the things we’ve grown through.
Maynard James Keenan on Fear Inoculum, Revolver
The first single and titular track, “Fear Inoculum,” has been dropped. It features all the staple alternative metal sounds of Tool throughout the track. Take a listen to the ten-and-a-half minute epic down below.
Tool achieves their unparalleled sound with a diverse range of strings. They use Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Paradigm, Beefy Paradigm, and Not Even Slinky Paradigm strings on their six string guitars. On their seven strings, they use Regular Paradigm 7 Strings and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Paradigm 7 Strings. On bass, the band chooses Hybrid Slinky Bass strings.
String Theory with Justin Chancellor of Tool