Tool's Justin Chancellor gives an inside look at the band's next album

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In the center of Los Angeles, in a building modest in stature but rich in history, Justin Chancellor stands alone between stacks of amps and a maze of pedals, aggressively picking his bass and blasting a tone that’s as unique to him as his DNA. Whiteboards are scattered across the room containing song formulas that resemble complex astrophysics theories alongside Danny Carey’s towering drum kit, Adam Jones’ guitar gear, and a lone microphone in the corner that will eventually be occupied by vocalist Maynard James Keenan. 

This dimly lit and ornately adorned studio is the very room where Tool has written every album since its inception in 1990, and is currently where they are laboring over the band’s highly anticipated fifth record, which has been ten years in the making.

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