Ominous rockers Tool have offered a major update on the state of their long-awaited new album.

Maynard James Keenan and co. have been promising a new album ever since 10,000 Days, which dates back to 2006. Tool have toured plenty in the meantime, however frontman Keenan’s focus seems to switch between his various side projects on a constant basis. This year, that’s A Perfect Circle, with whom Keenan will spend the summer touring Europe.

Tool have been subject to a plethora of jokes, memes and sarcastic comments in recent years due to the extremely slow process which has surrounded their upcoming new album, however today saw the band post a lengthy update to Facebook announcing that recording has finally commenced.

Read the full thing below:

Who’s ready for some major breaking news? Brace yourself; get ready… okay, here we go. We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of TOOL and prog-metal enthusiasts in general. After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest. For the past few days the band members have been getting sonically adjusted to their new surroundings – dialing in the equipment settings and restaurant catering choices – in preparation for Danny to begin his tracking any time now – perhaps by the time that you read this!

I am also excited to announce that ‘evil’ JOE BARRESI will once again have his capable fingers at the engineering controls for what will certainly be another masterful TOOL offering by the talented team. Pinch yourself if you want, but I have been told that all systems are GO at this point for the upcoming sessions.

I will be posting periodic bits and pieces on the progress of the tracking once the guys get deeper into the recording process, and hope that all of you will keep checking back to the official website for these updates. In the meantime, be sure to also visit the individual band members’ sites and socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) for more inside glimpses as TOOL prepares for the next stage in their musical odyssey.”

Exciting, right? As of yet, the new album has no release date, nor are there any further details other than the above. News on this is expected in due course, although in Tool-speak this could be anything from six months to six years.

Whilst you wait for new Tool music, listen to classic track Lateralus below.