The cover art for TOOL's long-awaited fifth studio album, "Fear Inoculum", can be seen below. The disc, which will arrive on August 30, will follow up 2006's "10,000 Days".
The "Fear Inoculum" title track will make its online debut on Wednesday, August 7.
TOOL guitarist Adam Jones revealed several tantalizing bits of information about "Fear Inoculum" in a new interview with Guitar World, including the number of tracks on the record, the running time and the strange themes behind the LP.
The album will sport seven tracks but will run an astounding 80 minutes, with virtually none of the songs adhering to the standard format for a radio single. As for the concept of the disc, Jones said it came to revolve around the number seven.
Jones explained: "I took a picture pointing to the number seven while we were recording, and a lot of the riffs Justin [Chancellor, bassist] and I brought in were in seven. You don't really go, 'I'm going to write a riff in seven!'" He added, "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!"
Jones continued: "Then Maynard [James Keenan, singer] 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."
TOOL has been playing two songs, reportedly titled "Descending" and "Invincible", during its recent live shows. Both tracks are expected to show up on "Fear Inoculum".