Tool Release “Fear Inoculum” & Announce US Headlining Tour

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The moment has arrived my fiends and the day of the brand-new Tool album “Fear Inoculum” is here. As you probably already know, the media world has been buzzing about the band over the last few weeks from the announcement of their first-time ever Digital Releases (discussed HERE) and the albums first single (reviewed HERE) but now its time to discuss the full release and its subsequent tours. Let’s go.

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The Press Release:
“Fear Inoculum”, TOOL’s fifth studio album and 2019’s most anticipated release, is available now. Listen here:

The news arrives as the band announces a six-week North American tour, launching the trek on Oct. 13 at the Aftershock Festival. Tickets are on-sale Sept. 6 at 10 am local time, with a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on Sept. 4. Tool Army information, as well as VIP package details, can be found via (linked down below).
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The Tour Dates:
October 13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
October 15: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 20: Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
October 21: Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
October 23: Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
October 25: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
October 27: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 29: Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
October 31: Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
November 2: Indianapolis, IN @ Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
November 3: Chicago, IL @ United Center
November 5: Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
November 6: Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
November 8: Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
November 9: Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
November 11: Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
November 12: Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
November 14: Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 16: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
November 18: Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
November 19: Brooklyn, NY @ Barclay’s Center
November 21: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
November 22: Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
November 24: Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
November 25: Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena

Fear Inoculum’s release caps off over a decade of speculation and anticipation, with confirmation of the release arriving in May as the band flashed “August 30” from the stage as they performed two new songs: “Descending” and “Invincible.”

As August arrived, TOOL released their back catalog via digital service providers, seeing “Opiate”, “Undertow”, “Ænima”, “Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” rack up in excess of 20 million streams in the subsequent 48 hours and occupy the top five spots on iTunes’ Top 10 Album Charts. 23 years after its initial release, “Ænima” re-entered Billboard’s Top 200, arriving at #10, with “Lateralus” (#16), “10,000 Days” (#18) and “Undertow” (#19) landing in the Top 20. TOOL’s debut release, 1992’s “Opiate” EP, made its Billboard chart premiere, arrived at #59. The band also broke records that week: taking four of the top five spots on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart (the first act to achieve that feat upon digital release) and claiming 15 (of 25) spots on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

The title track arrived as details surrounding the collection surfaced, including a limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum. The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. A list of retailers who have remaining stock of the groundbreaking package can be found here: A vinyl release will be announced soon.

TOOL formed in 1990, releasing four multi-platinum studio albums: “Undertow” (1993), “Ænima” (1996), “Lateralus” (2001) and “10,000 Days” (2006); two EPs: “72826” (1991) and “Opiate” (1992) and the limited-edition boxset “Salival” (2000). The band has won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days). TOOL is Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking, I’ve always considered myself more of the “casual” fan of the music of Tool despite probably knowing about them before most of my friends. I owe that to my old friend Rebel who was a regional DJ that I assisted from time to time when I had my Heavy Metal band. Thanks to him I had the “Opiate” EP on CD before pretty much anyone I knew and while I loved it, I didn’t stay the course and instead went more in the Power Metal and Thrash direction since that was the kind of things I was playing night after night. In today’s world I’ve become more supportive of course because I am in the minority and almost everyone that I know out there is super excited about the new music and this only minutes ago announced tour. I’ll be working out a full album review ASAP and be tossing my media interest in one of the regional dates since I’ve never covered their live set before. It’s time to be excited about heavy music my friends. Chime in down below with your own thoughts and know that all on topic items will be given the nod. The rest, don’t waste your time. See you again soon with more stuffs and in case you’re wondering – I still have that CD.

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