Tool's New Album 10,000 Days Leaked to Internet

Author: JessaPublished: Apr 19, 2006 at 8:31 am 261 comments

It had to happen. How could it have not happened? Like the leak of the single "Vicarious," which I posted about earlier, the new Tool album 10,000 Days has leaked, according to

10,000 Days was set to be released worldwide starting in Germany from the 28th of April but has somehow found its way online. Unlike the "Vicarious" leak, when many knew of the origin, there is no clue as to how the album was leaked.

Tool fan boards are seeing heavy traffic. Tool Navy, and also the Nine Inch Nails fan board Echoing the Sound are heating up, as fans frantically search for a copy of the album.

The Internet "debut" of the album puts an end to the great lengths the band themselves went to to ensure the album would not leak. If you plan to downloading the album for informational purposes, please make sure you purchase the album when it is released.

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  • 1 - JELIEL³

    Apr 19, 2006 at 10:03 am

    I will wait untill it's release and I will purchase it. DrOOL for TOOL :D

  • 2 - Progged

    Apr 19, 2006 at 10:47 am

    This is, of course, unsurprising. Has any band/artist in recent years actually prevented their albums from hitting the net before release date? Not that I am aware of.

    As a Tool quasi-fan, I will check this album out on release. But I have to admit, I don't get the extreme fanaticism the band's fans have. Sure, Tool is good, they write interesting music, but they aren't the only ones.

    Odd. Or perhaps I am the odd one.

  • 3 - Guppusmaximus

    Apr 19, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Yup... He's correct. I found it available in m4a which is Apple's AAC(Lossless) and at d/l speeds of 512kb/s. I don't think this will hurt TOOL because on those boards, the fans are pretty adament about supporting the band by buying this CD(even after d/l'ing it).

  • 4 - Hugo

    Apr 19, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Who would download THE WHOLE ALBUM, and ruin the the surprise to themselves? Listening to a Tool album requires kind of a ceremony; the booklet, the art, and everything else is meant to be enjoyed together. I'm gonna wait for the album to be sold, whence I´ll buy it. And I live in Costa Rica!

  • 5 - jambi lover

    Apr 19, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    Why don't you guys just hush up, just a tad... we're buying the damn album on the 2nd. I for one, am buying 8 copies.

  • 6 - Progged

    Apr 19, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    #5: "Why don't you guys just hush up, just a tad"

    Huh? Not talk about the fact the album has been leaked? What purpose does that serve? Seems sort of like the ostrich with its head in the sand. . .

  • 7 - whattre

    Apr 19, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    Even if i were to download it i would buy the album upon its release -writing from school

  • 8 - Saviour

    Apr 19, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Yes, it was leaked. I've heard it. A good friend of mine downloaded it and we listened to it right away. I'm TOTALLY buying that album. Why not?!? I don't consider it ruining any surprises either. The album itself is a complete surprise. I'm a huge Tool fan and I must admit, I had to give this one tons of time to sink in. Very experimental. It doesn't matter, even though I think it's probably one of their best, if not the best to date. I would buy this album if not for the music, then for the artwork. I'll be there waiting on May 2nd. Guaranteed!!!

  • 9 - juan

    Apr 20, 2006 at 11:56 am

    the album is incredible, download it now and buy it later... 5 years in the fire is long enough! (ha! listen and you´ll understand)

  • 10 - Taz

    Apr 21, 2006 at 6:36 am

    I like the album a lot. It's certainly a grower. But as for this downloading issue, I don't mind still downloading any stuff from new albums before release and by now, Tool are forgiving that now. But even if you still download their stuff beofre release, you are still giving money to them by going to their gigs and even buying merchandise of them. What still matters is that music is music and not always for the money.

  • 11 - toolshed099

    Apr 21, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    After reading numerous forums and laughing hysterically to all the hypotheticals, let me give you the deal. 5 years folks, yes you heard it, 5 years since your last taste of Tool. A lot of time has been put into the creation of all of this. Not only the recording of the album, but the marketing as well. Here's your first step my little friends. Go to or any major retail chains website. You will see two, yes two available cds. One, which was intended to be leaked to the public early to wet the lips so to speak. Yes, this material will be released on May 2nd as planned for the low, low price of $10.98. As everyone goes out and buys the long awaited cd, there is a second cd that will be released, on May 16th, which prices out to be $26.99. I'll give you one quess as to what that is? Give up? It's a 2-cd set which includes the band "real" or non-decoy cd as well as the "decoy". So think about this for a moment folks. You're a die hard Tool fan, you rush out and buy the first one because you can't wait to see if what has leaked is really on the cd. You pay the 11 bucks. Two weeks later another disc comes out with new material and the material you have already bought....for 27 bucks. Because you have been so impatient, and are dying to hear new stuff and want dispell the rumor mill surrounding this "leaked" record, you basically pay close to 40 bucks for two records.....Ingenious on the members of Tool in my opinion....ingenious indeed!!

  • 12 - Too Personal

    Apr 21, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Wouldn’t die-hard tool fans buy both anyway? It will be a wonderful surprise to find and extra disc on the 26th. I Kinda hope you're right .. ts099

  • 13 - Joshua ben Chipmonk

    Apr 21, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Actually, toolshed099, that second album to be released on 28 May is an import version of the first (US distribution). Got my hopes up... but I don't think this is a different album.

  • 14 - andrew

    Apr 21, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    toolshed99, i have listened to the leaked album. Not to criticize your point, but it seems to me that alot of work went into this album. How can you call it a decoy?

  • 15 - Waiting

    Apr 22, 2006 at 12:29 am

    I just downloaded the entire album. Yes, I'll buy the whole thing as soon as possible. I've bought everything else from the band and seen them live 3 times. I'm just too excited to wait... ok.

    What I can figure out is who the hell is playing on the songs? Is someone playing around. The only track that i've gotten that sounds like the band is Wings pt 2 (had goosebumps most of the listen). The rest is pretty terrible. Simple metal that in no way sounds like the band. Anyone know of a switch-a-roo happening here?

    Signed- Can't hardly wait

  • 16 - Decoyed

    Apr 22, 2006 at 12:40 am

    If what's floating around on the Internet is a decoy - I'm laughing my ass off. Reminds me of Tool's versions of Melvins noise. A true fan of the Melvins sorta tolerates their experimentation with noise and non-melody. The crap I've downloaded and am listening too is similar in nature. As I sit here listening to "The Pot" I'm reminded of that terrible feeling associated with coming down off acid/mushrooms and whatever other heavy drugs I took when I was much younger.

    My hats off to the band if they have played one big joke on us. Regardless I don't care. I'll buy whatever they put out because Tool makes me feel good. Always have ever since some college kid came into my work one night and played Opiate for me back in '92.

  • 17 - NorthWolf

    Apr 22, 2006 at 4:24 am

    I planned on buying a copy the minute it hit shelves here.

    But...I've listened to the whole thing now and I was so impressed that I am going to buy several and give them as gifts. I guess I don't have a problem with people 'previewing' it as I have, but please, please, PLEASE have respect for Tool and buy the album and support the band. We want them to create new albums, after all.

  • 18 - kelebek

    Apr 22, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    I so do not have the patience to wait till 28th. I don't see anything wrong with downloading if I am buying it on the day it comes out. Any respectable tool fan would want the original album with the awesome art work!!

  • 19 - Idontcareimme

    Apr 23, 2006 at 3:37 am

    New tool is incredible,yeah it leaked out, but you download it and didnt pay!?!? why cant you just admitt it????you know you cant wait for tool, its an addiction you cant hold. Youroke the law, but you know you are going to buy the cd and add it to the collection of the masters, iv spent more money on tool then any other band, but i a real tool fan cant help itself to here the new album, beautiful cd, keep it up, Jesse

  • 20 - modafudapunkrockrocker

    Apr 23, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    tool is a band
    bands make music
    music is car
    cars stand blue

  • 21 - Phenotype

    Apr 23, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Some people may have downloaded a decoy version but I just downloaded the album and I can assure you that this (the version I have at least) is not a decoy.

    The $26 version on Amazon is just an import, nothing more. I imagine it will probably have slightly different artwork and perhaps an extra song. It's not uncommon for Import versions of albums to exist. There's a $46 version of "With Teeth" on Amazon that has two extra songs, but aside from that there's nothing different and look how high the price is.

    There isn't going to be a 2-CD set with the "real" album and "decoy" album, that's not very realistic. Think of all the Tool fans who aren't very internet savvy and don't know the album has been leaked, they'd never know about this supposed "Decoy album". Not to mention all of the promotion that's gone into advertising the release date. Do you really think they'd tell us the album was coming out on May 2nd only to reveal that it's a decoy and the "real" album is coming about on the 16th? Nopers.

    This is definitely the album, just listening to it I can tell a LOT of effort has gone into it and it's pretty common for Tool to have a few instrumental/filler tracks on their albums, this is not different. I imagine it was leaked from a radio DJ who received an advance copy, it's pretty much standard procedure for record companies to issue advance copies of an album weeks before its release. This is how these things get leaked.

    Personally I think the album is great and while I downloaded it to appease my curiosity I will be buying the CD when it comes out May 2nd.

  • 22 - iota

    Apr 23, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    I don't know what to say about the new album... I have heard it, and all these thoughts cross my head: Is it in fact the new album? Did I not like it as much as I thought I would bc I didn't hold out? Is it really them? (for sure it's them) Even the thought of them recording this whole leaked album besides the one we'll hear when it comes out has crossed my mind, but I highly doubt it. Damn, everytime I hear Lipan I cringe. Sounds so one dimensional. So not Tool. I feel the album lacks dimension.
    But hell, I'm definitely buying it when it comes out. By now, all tool fans know how there are nice surprises in the packaging. Hopefully more songs or sumpin.

  • 23 - Adam

    Apr 23, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    I think a lot of people want to think that there is a decoy album foating out there online, but I'm thinking a couple things. One, how was it leaked. If someone snatched a copy of the album in the shipping process, or a DJ uploaded their advance copy, then it's probably the real thing. If that didn't happen, then I'm more likely to believe that the tracks are decoys, leaked by Tool. To me, the tracks seem too complex to be decoys. If anything, they were chopped up, made shorter, or some of the tracks are fake...I think a lot of us are hoping that a couple of the tracks are fake.

    It's a good album, and the more I listen to it, the more I like it, but I'll be honest. After 5 years, I expected more.

  • 24 - DMOB

    Apr 23, 2006 at 9:06 pm've all been duped by toolshed099.

  • 25 - Fatkat

    Apr 23, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Got some m4p's of it last week. But still purchasing it when released. Solid Tool fans would do the same.

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