Former Porcupine Tree singer Steven Wilson discussed Tool in a new interview with Apparently This Matters.
“I think that’s one of the beauties, this is interesting, just leaving aside the specific band for a moment, the idea that you can follow a band across their career and actually track the development. I mean the evolution between the two albums you just mentioned for example, [Pink Floyd’s] Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Animals, the evolution is phenomenal. It’s only 10 years, it takes Tool more than 10 years to make one album now. I’m not picking on Tool, but they’re kind of an easy target.
There’s a band, you look at the development of the Beatles between 1963 and 1970, it’s extraordinary. I mean the Beatles basically formed, changed history, rewrote the whole book, created the blueprint for a lot of what we now think of as modern pop and rock music, and broke up in the space of time that it takes some bands to make one album. That to me is mind blowing and is against systematic of how things changed.”
Tool released their most recent album 10,000 Days in 2006, and have been working on a new album for a decade while intermittently touring since the conclusion of the 10,000 Days tour.