Tool remain the greatest big holdouts from streaming services in the metal world. Even in the normie music world at large, I can’t think of a big artist besides Jay Z that’s still not streaming their music en masse. Feel free to chime in below if you know of any, but regardless, the point is this: Tool are not currently streaming their music anywhere, and they’re one of the biggest acts still holding out. This is a great travesty.
Now it appears as if Tool are getting their streaming ducks in a row leading into the release of their new album, which was in the mastering phase back in March, has artwork in the works and Maynard predicts for a mid-summer release (though that seems unlikely at this point: I’d wager fall). While the band’s music still isn’t posted, both Spotify and Apple have recently unveiled profile pages for Tool. Notably, the photo used is quite old and the biography posted on those pages only covers the band’s history through the release of 10,000 Days in 2006 (exactly 13 years ago today, May 2nd)… but, honestly, what is there to cover since then other than “toured occasionally and teased fans a whole lot”?
A couple of years back reports surfaced that Tool were in talks with the major streaming services to get their music up on those platforms, with members of the band allegedly directed involved in those conversations. Nothing came of it in the near-term, at least publicly, although it’s reasonable to infer the band was waiting until new music was actually coming out to get things up and running. When Tool finally do post their catalogue to streaming services I’m positive the numbers are going to be through the roof, especially with new music buttressing interest.
Soon enough you’ll finally be able to annoy the person sitting next to you on the subway by knee-drumming along to “Schism” on your morning commute. Huzzah!
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