It looks increasingly likely that the new Tool album will be with us in May.

Both Tower Records and HMV in Japan are saying that the record will be released there on May 10, but this has yet to be confirmed by the band or their label.

The album is completed but no track list is available yet.

Tool have a number of festival appearances around the world already scheduled. No UK dates have been confirmed yet, although Reading and Leeds is a strong rumour.

The band will play Roskilde in Denmark, Rock am Ring/Rock im Park in Germany and Coachella Festival in Indio, California.

Tool's brand-new album was mastered on January 31 at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine by Bob Ludwig. The members of the band were present during
the mastering, according to a posting on