The last eleven years have been excruciating for fans of Tool as they’ve patiently waiting for the band’s fifth record. However, recent statements from band members have indicated that the wait is almost over, with the record set for release next year. Now, one of the band’s oldest friends has stated that he’s heard the new record, and he thinks it sounds “sexy”.

2017 marked the 27th anniversary of Tool’s existence as a band, but it also marked the eleventh anniversary of the last time the group released an album. With 2006 seeing 10,000 Days released, fans have been starting to think that the album’s title was more of a cruel joke about how long they would have to wait than anything else.

Over the weekend though, Tool drummer Danny Carey stated that the band’s long-awaited record in on track for a 2018 release. “We’ll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned,” Carey stated. “There’s setup times and manufacturing – I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. [What time of year it will be out] I can’t tell you.”

Of course, Tool’s famously enigmatic frontman, Maynard James Keenan, has remained tight-lipped about these developments, choosing instead to reply with a typical response.

However Rage Against The Machine guitarist, and longtime friend of Tool, Tom Morello has taken to Instagram to discuss the new record, explaining how he’s the “first outsider” to receive a taste of the album.

“Had the honor of being the first outsider to hear new #TOOL music today,” Morello gushed. “Still just instrumentals but sounded epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy and VERY Tool. Really great. So excited to hear the record when it’s finished.”

While the fact that Morello noted the record is “still just instrumentals” might worry a few people who love Maynard’s vocals, there’s every chance that the vocals are still in the rough mixing stages. Regardless, this is raising our excitement levels to huge levels just thinking that this mythical new record may actually see release some time soon!

While we try and calm down, check out a classic live performance from Tool and Tom Morello below.

Check out Tool performing ‘Lateralus’ live with Tom Morello: