Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has provided an update on the progress of the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album.

“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren,” Keenan wrote on Instagram, below a photo of the band in a recording studio. “Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content soon.”

He continued: “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006. [via CoS]

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