Tool Looks To 2000 For New Album

Progressive metal outfit Tool is currently writing and rehearsing material for its long-awaited follow-up to 1996's "Aenima" and hopes to have the fruits of those sessions in stores early next year.

The band's management told MTV News that the band hopes to have its new material recorded by the end of this year and plans to have the still-untitled album in stores in early 2000. Between touring and an 18-month legal battle with its record label, Tool had little time to write new material. However, once the legal red tape cleared late last year (see "Tool Ends Legal Battle, Plans New Album"), the band set about writing songs for the new record.

The band's management was also optimistic that the release of the album would not be delayed by the recent arrest of one of the band's members. A cryptic posting on the band's official website last week noted, "Someone in the band is in jail on criminal charges. We are not going to say who

or why." Management offered no further details on the incident, except to say that it should in no way affect the recording schedule of the new album.