It’s Friday and I’m in a playful mood! That’s why I’m bringing back a classic video that originally premiered in 1993 and was heavily rotated. I’m talking, of course, about Green Jellÿ‘s awesome and unforgettable video for “Three Little Pigs”, their hit track from Cereal Killer. The song features TWO members of Tool, Mr. Danny Carey on the drums and Senor Maynard James Keenan on guest vocals. Check out the claymation ridiculousness below and relive those clasic days when MTV played music videos (and good ones at that!). READ MORE
The jazz fusion project VOLTO!, which features Tool drummer Danny Carey, has released an official music video for “Tocino”, which comes from their upcoming debut album Incitare. The video is a smorgasbord of horror imagery, from the mad scientist experiments on a brain to the nightmare mirror reflection (that calls to mind Evil Dead and Poltergeist) to an eerie fortune teller and more. It’s obvious that this music video has its tongue planted firmly in cheek but it does so with joy and reverence, as well as a highly polished look. The seemingly random yet intertwined scenes fantastically reflect the organized chaos of the music.
Also, keep an eye out as Danny and Toolband.com author Blair Blake have cameos. Let me know in the comments if you can spot them!
Bloody-Disgusting got an exclusive quote from the band, where they state, “We love the gritty look and feel, especially the sepia tones, the tense imagery and the clever use of Crowley symbols…We were involved from the conceptual days so it has a lot of our vision, but we were all blown away when we saw the final version. Jake Roanhaus & Tas Limur absolutely nailed it.”
Regarding their live performances, “Volto! is a very ‘in the moment’ jam band where you’ll never know what we’re going play live. We have some cool gigs coming up that we’re looking forward to. See you on the road!”
VOLTO! also features John Ziegler (Bubbatron) and Lance Morrison (Alanis Morrissette, Don Henley). READ MORE
In an interview with Loudwire, drummer Danny Carey laid out a tentative timetable for the release of the fifth Tool studio album, which he states will come out in early 2014. He explains, “We could have the record finished by the end of the year — that’s a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we’ll be able to get it out before Christmas.”
Talking about the music of the album, Carey comments, “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”
The album will be the follow up to 2006′s 10,000 Days.
Meanwhile, Carey is taking his jazz group VOLTO! on the road, where we will be catching up with him in Detroit. READ MORE
When Tool drummer Danny Carey isn’t busy banging the skins for one of the biggest progressive metal bands out there, he’s doing some jam fusion jazz in a band called Volto! Featuring guitarist John Zielger (Bubbatron) and bassist Lance Morrison (Alanis Morrissette, Don Henley), the group pumps out one swirling jazz tune after another.
And now the band has premiered the first single, “Tocino”, from their debut album Incitare. John Ziegler states, “‘Tocino’ is probably my favorite track on the new album…“. Head on below to hear the track (courtesy of PureVolume) READ MORE
Danny Carey, the drummer of progressive rock/metal band Tool, will be lending his voice to the upcoming computer-animated film Free Birds. The synopsis for the film states, “Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.”
Horror favorite Keith David (The Thing, They Live) will also be lending his voice. The main voice work will be done by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), and Amy Poehler.
The movie will be released November 1st. A trailer can be seen below. READ MORE
Talk about a tease. Tool has announced that there will be five certificates placed randomly within the 5,000 21st anniversary reissues of Opiate, which comes out March 26th via ToolBand. What do these certificates grant? No one knows. It’s not being revealed. In fact, you have to be one of the lucky few who finds one to figure out what the prize is. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to find the proverbial “golden ticket”, be a pal and let me know what you got?
New Zealand’s TheRock recently spoke with Tool drummer Danny Carey about the current state of the band, including the status of a new album. Carey maintains that a new album will be released by the end of 2013, contradicting a recent statement from singer Maynard James Keenan, who claimed that there would be no new Tool record this year. Carey also comments that, “Justin [Chancellor] has been really prolific on this record…” and that 6-7 songs are being recorded by the various members.
A new album will be the followup to 2006′s 10,000 Days. READ MORE
Tool is by no means meant for the casual listener. Their music defies traditional songwriting, dynamically surges from crushing distortion to soft beauty, plays with time signatures, bears some of the most interesting lyrics available, and doesn’t give a damn about song length to ensure radio play. Add to this list the band’s love of the occult and teasing fans with the possibilities that their lyrics and music hide a deeper meaning. Everything combined makes Tool one of the most challenging, well-respected and fascinating bands releasing music these days.
And so I decided that my love of the band should be used to rank their discography. Having listened to each album more times than I can count, I feel very comfortable in my decisions. Note that I am only doing the four full-length albums and I’m not including the Opiate EP nor the Salival release.
This is by no means an easy task. Having been a fan of Tool for more years than I can easily count, I realize that these albums each represent a different period of my life and I have certain memories associated with each one. Still, I’ll do my best to remain objective. So, join me below to find out my “From Worst To Best” with Tool. READ MORE
TOOL/Volto drummer Danny Carey has been filmed playing with and talking about the Mandala drum, an electronic drum pad that has near infinite possibilities. Danny talks about how he uses the seven (!!!) pads in his live set-up as well as how he utilizes them to make the drums part of the music rather than just a simple beat. You can watch this video below.
Although no word has yet been released on a release date for a new TOOL album, it has been announced on the official TOOL website that writing is well underway. Knowing TOOL and their writing and release patterns, I’d say that the earliest we’re looking at a new album is the end of this year but more likely early to spring 2013.
What is your favorite TOOL album? READ MORE