13 votes

Tool performed two new songs live yesterday: "Descending" and "Invincible"

Unfortunately none of the recordings I've seen so far are very good and all seem to have people talking through the entire song for some reason (let me know if anyone finds a better one and I'll replace the links):

15 comments

  1. [2]
    suspended Link
    From /r/ToolBand an audio engineer cleaned up the audio and you can download the songs here.

    From /r/ToolBand an audio engineer cleaned up the audio and you can download the songs here.

    6 votes
    1. Abrown Link Parent
      The files are clean, in case anyone was wondering. Thanks OP

      The files are clean, in case anyone was wondering. Thanks OP

      3 votes
  2. Abrown Link
    ILL TAKE IT. After a decade of blue balls, I'll take even a re-recorded second hand half-degaussed casette tape of Maynard gargling in a bathroom as long as it had some semblance of a tune to it....

    ILL TAKE IT. After a decade of blue balls, I'll take even a re-recorded second hand half-degaussed casette tape of Maynard gargling in a bathroom as long as it had some semblance of a tune to it. Descending has been previewed in concert over the past year or so, but only ~3 minutes worth at a time - ex; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpAGp78JTs4 so its great to hear the end result even in low quality. You can definitely hear certain points where a lot is lost due to the quality of the mic and the surrounding noise (the high/low jumps in the heavily distorted guitar at ~7 min in on Descending and the really low bass at ~9 min) but will sound sick with a good sound setup/headphones.

    I can't wait for the album!

    4 votes
  3. ras Link
    I'm so jacked for this. However, I'm a little afraid to listen to either because I don't want to spoil the new album. I hope that all this time has been worth it. I can remember when 10,000 Days...

    I'm so jacked for this. However, I'm a little afraid to listen to either because I don't want to spoil the new album. I hope that all this time has been worth it. I can remember when 10,000 Days came out and how magical it was to be listening to brand new Tool again.

    3 votes
  4. Pilgrim Link
    Ænima tour was my first concert. Maynard painted himself blue (think blue-man group) and they had giant video screens with elephants fucking. I was 13 and it was awesome.

    Ænima tour was my first concert. Maynard painted himself blue (think blue-man group) and they had giant video screens with elephants fucking. I was 13 and it was awesome.

    3 votes
  5. krg Link
    I don't listen to Tool much anymore, but they were on heavy rotation when I was in high-school so...I'll probably buy this album on release. Musically... I'm not hearing much that excites me....

    I don't listen to Tool much anymore, but they were on heavy rotation when I was in high-school so...I'll probably buy this album on release.

    Musically... I'm not hearing much that excites me. Besides the beginning of Invincible it sounds like a bunch of very familiar drop d riffs. Maybe it comes together better on the album, though.

    2 votes
  6. ras Link
    Last night at their show in Birmingham, AL they had a screen up during intermission that said August 30. I guess we have a candidate for a possible new release date.

    Last night at their show in Birmingham, AL they had a screen up during intermission that said August 30. I guess we have a candidate for a possible new release date.

    2 votes
  7. [8]
    TimesThreeTheHighest Link
    Out of touch with Tool. I think the last I heard of them was Lateralus, which I liked but which didn't blow me away. I first saw them on the little stage at Lollapalooza (however you spell that)...

    Out of touch with Tool. I think the last I heard of them was Lateralus, which I liked but which didn't blow me away.
    I first saw them on the little stage at Lollapalooza (however you spell that) back in the early 90s. Alice in Chains and Primus were the headliners. I could tell that Maynard was putting his heart into whatever he was singing, but no one could hear them while Front 242 was blaring musical nonsense from the main stage.

    2 votes
    1. [5]
      cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
      I only ever got to see Tool play live once, at Edgefest here in Ontario Canada in the early 2000s... they were headlining but arrived super late and played a rather short set as a result. It kinda...

      I only ever got to see Tool play live once, at Edgefest here in Ontario Canada in the early 2000s... they were headlining but arrived super late and played a rather short set as a result. It kinda sucked and they pissed a lot of people off, but thankfully a killer performance by Billy Talent (one of my favorite bands) more than made up for my disappointment in Tool. IIRC The Tea Party (another awesome Canadian band) and Creed (guilty pleasure) were also there and had good sets too, so it was still a great festival overall.

      Even with that bad experience I still love Tool and Maynard though, and am super excited for this new album.

      1 vote
      1. TheJorro Link Parent
        That's super unfortunate! I've seen them twice now, once in Toronto and once in Hamilton (2012 and 2017 respectively). I really encourage you to go to one of their actual shows, not a festival...

        That's super unfortunate! I've seen them twice now, once in Toronto and once in Hamilton (2012 and 2017 respectively). I really encourage you to go to one of their actual shows, not a festival appearance—they're easily two of the best shows I've ever been to.

        Tool does not seem to enjoy playing live all that much, unless it's on their own terms, and they're a fairly tempermental group, so I'm not entirely surprised an Edgefest performance was underwhelming. But when they feel it, it's truly something.

        2 votes
      2. [3]
        aphoenix Link Parent
        That Edgefest was the worst I'd seen Tool - something was definitely off with them. If that's your only Tool concert, I'd strongly urge seeing them again if possible. I think at least 3 of my top...

        That Edgefest was the worst I'd seen Tool - something was definitely off with them. If that's your only Tool concert, I'd strongly urge seeing them again if possible. I think at least 3 of my top 10 concerts are Tool concerts, once with Meshuggah opening, which was outstanding.

        The rest of that Edgefest was pretty great, but if I recall, it was Gob and Bif Naked that played with them; all three of those bands put on great shows.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
          Wow, talk about a small world... I can't believe anyone else on Tildes was actually there as well. Crazy! And yeah Tool was really not great that Edgefest. :( Yeah, it's definitely possible it was...

          Wow, talk about a small world... I can't believe anyone else on Tildes was actually there as well. Crazy! And yeah Tool was really not great that Edgefest. :(

          but if I recall, it was Gob and Bif Naked that played with them; all three of those bands put on great shows.

          Yeah, it's definitely possible it was Gob and Bif Naked (<3 Bif Naked too BTW, I have seen her live a bunch at various small clubs here in TO), not Tea Party and Creed that Edgefest. I have been to so many Edgefests that they have all kind of blurred together at this point. I do know for a fact that Billy Talent was there though, since that was their first ever live appearance and I specifically went to see them; Tool was just supposed to be a bonus. A couple of years later Billy Talent were even headlining too, but I unfortunately missed that one since I was living in Florida at the time.

          And yeah, I am hopeful that Tool comes to Toronto again in the next few years so I can give them another chance. I have seen A Perfect Circle live, so I know Maynard can put on really, really amazing performances when he wants to.... I just haven't been lucky enough to see him do that with Tool yet, is all.

          2 votes
          1. aphoenix Link Parent
            Oh, I must have rewritten and omitted a sentence - Billy Talent was definitely there and was superlatively good. Gob + Bif Naked + Billy Talent were the three that I meant put on great shows. One...

            Oh, I must have rewritten and omitted a sentence - Billy Talent was definitely there and was superlatively good.

            Gob + Bif Naked + Billy Talent were the three that I meant put on great shows.

            One of the times while watching Tool Danny Carey did an extended introduction to Eulogy. It was probably the best and most virtuousic performance I've ever seen. I definitely recommend seeing them again if you can.

            2 votes
    2. [2]
      Staross Link Parent
      Well, you missed only one album. A very good one (like all their albums) but not much different than Lateralus.

      Well, you missed only one album. A very good one (like all their albums) but not much different than Lateralus.

      1 vote
      1. TimesThreeTheHighest Link Parent
        I've heard bits of it. I was always more of a Faith No More guy myself. Around the time that band was blowing up I was obsessed with Faith No More.

        I've heard bits of it. I was always more of a Faith No More guy myself. Around the time that band was blowing up I was obsessed with Faith No More.

        2 votes