Fans were freaking out about “Descending” and “Invincible.”
Your long wait is over Tool fans. After waiting more than a decade — but not quite 10,000 Days — the prog rockers debuted two new songs at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday night (May 5). In video enthusiastically captured by fans, the band performed a pair of tracks, "Descending" and "Invincible," possibly giving diehards the first taste of the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days album.
The as-yet-untitled album could be out this summer — according to a February tweet from singer Maynard James Keenan — but in the meantime Tool will play a series of U.S. shows this month before heading to Europe. The 11-plus minute "Descending" opened with a yearning guitar part and mournful vocals from Keenan before transitioning into a chugging midsection that picked up the intensity and swing as the song steamed to a rocking denouement; an instrumental version of the song was debuted during a previous show.
The more melodic "Invincible" opened with a spare rhythmic groove as Kennan crooned "here I am" over a throbbing bass line before the 12-minute tune exploded into a full-on prog jam. Two weeks ago the band's four members teased the new material in a jokey post in which Keenan's thought bubble read, "Feelin cute. Might play some new material on this upcoming tour. idk."