TOOL Releases Long-Awaited Album ‘Fear Inoculum’ Today, Their First Album in 13 Years


TOOL Promo Photo. Photo credit: Travis Shinn

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 October 13 at the Aftershock Festival. Tickets are on-sale September 6 at 10 am local time, with a limited number of tickets will be available to Tool Army members on September 4. Tool Army information, as well as VIP package details, can be found via

13 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
21 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
23 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
27 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
31 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

02 – Indianapolis, IN – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
03 – Chicago, IL – United Center
05 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
06 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
08 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
09 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
11 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
16 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclay’s Center
21 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
22 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
24 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
25 – Washington, DC – Capitol One Arena

Fear Inoculum Album Cover

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 OpiateUndertowÆnimaLateralus 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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