MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Says New TOOL Album, ‘Fear Inoculum’, Was Already ‘Fantastic’ In 2011

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In a new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P CarterTOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan talked about the new album delay and finally realizing it’s the time to get something done.

“I think a lot of it [was] just that age where you want it to be right and we’ve had some success in the past and the fear of this thing coming out and not being accepted — the fear that it’s not as good as it can be — that can be detrimentally crippling,” Maynard said.

“Probably in if I had to ‘psychology 101’ [it], I would have to say, ‘Well, yeah, that’s why it would take 13 years to write something, because you’re paranoid that it’s not gonna be the best that it can be and then you second guess every single step that you make,’ when it was probably good enough — I shouldn’t say good enough — it was fantastic eight years ago.

He continued: “But then the crippling second guessing of yourself sets in, and that psychology and that spiral you get in, it can be extremely daunting. And you can actually not even feel it happening.

“All of a sudden you wake up and it’s 13 years later. The hard part is accepting the fact that maybe you’re not as important as you think you are and you should probably just get on with it.”

TOOL‘s latest album, Fear Inoculum, was released on August 30, 2019, through Tool DissectionalVolcano Entertainment, and RCA Records. It is the band’s first album in thirteen years, due to creative, personal, and legal issues band members encountered since the release of 10,000 Days. The album was released to critical acclaim, with reviewers agreeing that the band had successfully refined their established sound.

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