On Sunday (May 5th), prog-metal titans Tool debuted not one but two new songs — “Descending” and “Invincible” — during their headlining set at Jacksonville, Florida’s Welcome to Rockville. Fans responded by losing their frickin’ minds. Now, more minds have been blown with the announcement of the release date for the band’s first new album in 13 years, the follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days. Tool first revealed the date — August 30th — last night (May 7th) in the midst of their performance in Birmingham, Alabama, broadcasting it on large video monitors to an initially confused but ultimately overjoyed crowd. The group has since underscored that announcement by sharing the video below via Twitter.
August is gearing up to be a massive month for metalheads: Not only will Tool finally drop their beyond-highly anticipated new LP, but also Slipknot are set to release their sixth full-length, on August 9th.
In addition to revealing the big date, Tool made their Birmingham performance special by playing “Descending” and “Invincible” once again, as well as breaking out Undertow opener “Intolerance” for the first time since 2011. You can see the full set list below, as well as view Tool’s release date announcement and fan-shot footage of the video announcement from the Alabama show.
— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) May 8, 2019
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Tool set list, Birmingham, Alabama, May 7th 2019:
Intolerance (first time since 2011)
Forty Six & 2