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You can stop holding your breath now: singer Maynard James Keenan has said that Tool will not be releasing a new album in 2013. According to Loudwire, Keenan told Chile's Radio Futuro when asked about the prospects for the band's first new CD in seven years, "No new disc. Not this year . . . I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing."
Keenan told us a while back that he's always hesitant to talk about a new album until it's actually going forward: "We normally don't say anything about anything until it's actually happening, because there's a lot of people online that apparently can't read very well. I put an April Fool's notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, 'New Tool album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, 'Oh, really, the new Tool --?' God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You've got to read."
Keenan's comments will probably disappoint fans after a recent update by Tool's webmaster stated that the other members of the band were "halfway" done with writing new music for the album.
However, an unidentified member of the band recently was injured in a scooter crash, pushing back the writing and rehearsal sessions.
Tool hasn't released a new album since 2006's 10,000 Days, although the group has toured intermittently since then.
Keenan and his side act Puscifer will release their new EP, Donkey Punch The Night, on February 19th, with some touring to follow.