The quartet, featuring drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, and bassist Justin Chancellor, released the artwork and the title track for Fear Inoculum on Wednesday, August 7.
If the new song left you hungry for more (it's been 13 years since a new Tool record came out, so it seems likely), Phoenix New Times has confirmed that there will be some listening parties for the highly anticipated release.
We reported that there will be two parties on the afternoon of Thursday, August 29, at Puscifer the Store in Jerome. The establishment is owned by Arizona native and former New Times columnist Keenan, but the hybrid record store, art installation, and wine and barbershop
Stinkweeds, located at 12 West Camelback Road, will also play the album on the same evening from 6 to 8 p.m. They will also be holding a raffle and taking preorders for the “deluxe physical art object” version of the record.
This edition is quite elaborate, to say the least. It includes a compact disc, four-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, two-watt speaker, 30-page booklet, and a download card that includes bonus music not included on the CD.
Zia Records will also have the "art object" edition available for purchase for $39.99 at midnight. Stop by one of Zia’s five Valley locations at midnight to listen to Fear Inoculum in its entirety. For more information and to preorder your copy, visit Zia’s website.
Smaller record stores in the Valley have reported they will have copies of the “deluxe physical art object” version available on Friday, August 30. Since that will be the only format available for the time being (other than streaming services), their inventory is limited.
Note: We've updated this article to include additional local stores holding listening parties and a link and embed the "Fear Inoculum" single.