10,000 Days, the upcoming album by the band Tool is arriving in stores on the 2nd of May. For an anxious Tool fan like myself, that may as well be as far away as the title of the new album suggests.
It's been 5 years since the release of their last album Lateralus, which was well received by fans and critics alike. Apparently, you don't just have to listen to the album from track 1 to the end any more like we used to do back in the old days. Fans have created specific sequences to listen to the album. That's right, the fans have created this, not the band. The fans have also created something else for Tool - a hardcore protective fortress.
Maybe I should explain myself a little better. I am a new Tool fan - new to the Tool party as it were. I've only been a fan for roughly six months. However, I have encountered many Tool fans before I liked the band and let me tell you something; they are the most one-eyed people I have ever met. Try telling them that Tool sucks, and they'll beat you down to a bloody pulp. Why? Because to them, Tool is the best band in the entire world. That's why.
To say their fan base is one-eyed is probably not very fair, but my conversation with three Tool fans on Saturday night reinforced that view. Apparently, you don't even have to say "Tool sucks!" to get them to (verbally) beat you down. You just have to fumble for ten seconds or more to tell them what your favourite song is or mispronounce an album name for them to tell you that in fact, you suck and that you are not a real Tool fan.
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine recently when I asked him if he liked Tool, since many of my friends don't exactly rave about them. His eyes grew wide and he stopped talking and raised his hands as if I were about to shoot him and he said: "Ooh…do you like Tool?"