Tool are planning to release a new album having finally settled an eight-year-long law suit with an insurance company.
Since 2007, the band have disputed the legality of the firm’s refusal to resolve an issue with a Tool employee who claimed he created some of their artwork. But in an interview with Yahoo! Music, the group revealed that an LA court ruled in their favour late last week.
“It got really ugly and shameful,” said guitarist Adam Jones. “This is a real simplification of the matter – but imagine paying auto insurance, getting into a wreck, and expecting the insurance company to cover you. And they come back to you and say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t consider that an auto so we’re not going to cover you’. And then they turn around and sue you because you want them to cover you. It’s crazy.”
Tool’s most recent album, ‘10,000 Days’, was released in 2006. As well as their legal troubles, the band have been affected by undisclosed health issues, and in 2013 they were forced to delay writing sessions on their new LP after two of their members were involved in separate scooter crashes.
The group have now revealed work on a new album is underway, claiming they have finished one currently untitled track and have more than 10 other songs in various stages of completion. “Our greatest strength is jamming and coming up with stuff,” said Jones. “We’re doing that really well now and I’m excited about everything we’re working on. Some of it’s really heavy, some of it’s complex and some is more atmospheric, but it’s definitely Tool. I think having this lawsuit out of the way should really speed of the progress of getting the album done.”