Tool recently revealed that an ongoing lawsuit, which had been halting work on the group's new album, has been resolved. The suit, filed by the band's insurers, had been going on for nearly a decade, Rolling Stone reported. Now that the issue has been taken care of in court, the group is making more progress with the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days.
The lawsuit was hurting the band financially and creatively. After years of fighting it, the group came out on top when a new judge ruled in their favor.
"We moved over to a north L.A. courthouse and we had a brand-new judge, who was fantastic," Adam Jones told Yahoo! Music. "You know what his name was? Randy Rhodes! I knew the power of metal, and my appreciation of metal was someday going to be like a guardian angel."
Jones spoke to RS in July about the difficulty of making music while being caught in a legal battle. Legal fees cost millions of dollars for Tool, and after years of obstacles the members of the band felt drained.
"But the point is, we're fighting the good fight. We're going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we've gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we've wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy," he said.
Jones also revealed that one member of the band was fighting a life-threatening illness for a while that they recently overcame. The guitarist echoed Maynard James Keenan's remarks that the album was coming along nicely, as well.
"Some of it's really heavy, some of it's complex and some is more atmospheric, but it's definitely Tool," he added.
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