AceShowbiz - Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan received death threats from fans angry about the delay of the group's fifth album.
Drummer Danny Carey reveals the singer became a target as he and his bandmates were working on "Fear Inoculum", because devotees couldn't understand why the project was taking so long.
The album will drop on August 30, 13 years after its predecessor, 10,000 Days, but Carey insists the band just needed time to create the perfect sound.
"I felt bad for him (Keenan)," Carey told Metal Hammer. "He even told me he was getting death threats from these idiots out there. They just have no idea what our work ethic is."
"These things don't (just) happen, man. There's no other record that's going to sound like this Tool record. What you hear is what you get, and what you get is what it takes to get it done. And it's not an easy process."
Perfectionist Keenan grew so frustrated at one point he dumped the tracks the band had been working on and started again.
Bass player Justin Chancellor adds, "Sometimes I thought we were nearly there. We'd written an album or we had some songs that were cool, and then we'd dump the whole lot and start again. It was devastating."
Announcing the title and release date last month, Keenan described the moment as "a weight lifted off my chest".
"It took a lot of work," he said. "The four of us are a lot of f**king work just to get anywhere. Oh my God, everything's a f**king committee meeting...".