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Tool guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey have revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a "multi-level lawsuit" that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company that Tool had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years.

Carey said, "The bad thing is it's really time consuming. As we've gotten older and our priorities have changed, it's hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there's lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out."

Jones added that the lawsuit has cost the band "millions and millions and millions of dollars," saying, "We're fighting the good fight. We're going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we've gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we've wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy."

Even through all the financial and legal turmoil, Jones, Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor have come up with enough raw material for an album and have one song that's "pretty much done," with the rest needing further refinement before they're sent to vocalist Maynard James Keenan.

Both band members describing the overall feel of the band's new music as "heavy," with Jones saying, "Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste. There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I'm really happy about that. It's not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy."

The guitarist said that while Tool has always had complete creative freedom, the band's legal issues have put a damper on that. He revealed, "I find it so hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you, just stuck between the hemispheres of your brain and affecting your sleep and your relationship with other band members . . . It's just a shame."

Neither Jones nor Carey offered a possible timeline for when a new album might arrive, but Carey said, "I'm hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year," Jones added, "We're just not going to settle for doing anything but our best work, and the fans appreciate that."

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