TOOL’s whole recorded catalog has been made accessible on digital and streaming services. Every one of the four past studio LPs — “Undertow”, “Ænima”, “Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” — and the band’s 1992 presentation EP, “Opiate”, are accessible. TOOL was one of the last holdouts in the music business to keep all its music out of the digital domain.
“Our obsession with, and dream of, a world where BetaMax and Laser Disc rule has ended,” says singer Maynard James Keenan. “Time for us to move on. But never fear.
There’s a brand new thing we think you’re really gonna dig. It’s called digital downloads and streaming. Get ready for the future, folks!”
The digital debut comes as anticipation for TOOL’s fifth album, “Fear Inoculum” (RCA), assembles. On the outfit’s ongoing North American and European tours, the Los Angeles-based band projected the album’s release date, August 30, from the stage, while playing two new melodies from the forthcoming collection: “Invincible” and “Descending”.
A month ago, TOOL’s legendary 1991 demo tape, titled “72826”, surfaced on YouTube, Apple Music, Google Play and Pandora. It denoted the first time a TOOL release had been accessible to stream online and prompted speculation that the remainder of the catalog would follow.
The name of the new TOOL disc was divulged Monday morning. A first single, tracklist and artwork for “Fear Inoculum” are still to be reported.