One of the last major holdouts of the streaming era finally joined the digital realm on Friday (Aug. 2) when Tool's catalog debuted on streaming services. After revealing the news earlier this week on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast, the long wait ended when 1993's Undertow, 1996's Ænima, 2001's Lateralus and 2006's 10,000 days debuted on Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon music and other services.
“There’s probably some Tool fans that will tune into this specifically to hear some news, so rather than being a dick and waiting till the end to tell them, we should probably tell them upfront,” Keenan told Rogan early in the podcast, explaining the long digital drought. "We’re a very difficult band. We’re very stubborn and kind of ignorant to what goes on in the rest of the world … and the whole Betamax thing didn’t work for us, and neither did LaserDisc, so we have this new thing called digital media and streaming. We’re gonna try it out.”
The end of the streaming silence came as the Maynard James Keenan-led band gears up for the Aug. 30 release of their fifth album, Fear Inoculum. The slow leak of information about the band's first new music in 13 years has also included a recently unveiled new logo and, in May, the debut a pair of new songs, "Descending" and "Invincible," during the Welcome to Rockville festival; no track list for Inoculum has been announced yet.
Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days available to stream/download now. https://t.co/34plYrrQgb
— TOOL effing TOOL (@Tool) August 2, 2019
Check out streams of all the Tool albums and the 1992 EP Opiate below.