According to a posting on Toolband.com, TOOL's first CD since 2001's "Lateralus", which is tentatively scheduled for release in late April or early May, will not feature any guest musicians, despite widespread rumors to the contrary. "Although I suggested to the band members that it might be interesting to attempt to get someone from the other side (i.e. someone deceased) to play on the CD, this didn't happen (that we're aware of, at least) due, for the most part, to contractual disputes (mainly on their end, it's sad to say)," reads the message on the site. "In fact, oddly enough, the ONLY muscians performing on the new TOOL record are the four members of the band, namely, Danny, Justin, Adam and Maynard. Go figure!" Photos taken during the recording of the LP, which were posted on guitarist Adam Jones' online blog, showed that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Josh Homme, MELVINS guitarist King Buzzo and ISIS frontman Aaron Turner had stopped into the studio during the sessions.
As previously reported, TOOL have lined up more European gigs this summer, including appearances at the Nova Rock festival in Austria and the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Apr. 30 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
Jun. 2-3 - GER - Rock am Ring
Jun. 3-4 - GER - Rock im Park
Jun. 3-5 - Landgraaf, NETH - Pinkpop Festival
Jun. 15-17 - Pannonia Fields II, AUT - Nova Rock Festival
Jun. 16-18 - Interlaken, SWI - Greenfield Festival
Jun. 19 - Milan, ITA - Forum
Jun. 21 - Rome, ITA - Centrale Del Tennis Foro Italico
Jun. 22 - Bologna, ITA - Land Rover Arena
Jun. 29 - Roskilde, DEN - Roskilde Festival
Jun. 29 – Jul. 2 - Werchter, BEL - Rock Werchter Festival
July 4-8 - Kristiansand, NOR - Quart Festival
Aug. 25-27 Reading, UK - Reading Festival
TOOL's brand-new album was mastered on Tuesday, January 31 at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine by Bob Ludwig. The members of the band were present during the mastering, according to a posting on Toolband.com.