According to The Pulse Of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan and drummer Danny Carey were interviewed this week by New Zealand publication Rip It Up, and naturally the subject of a new album came up. What did they have to say? Carey explained, “Maynard deals with the lyrical content. He’s been pretty busy with his wine and other projects lately, but right now it’s just Justin and Adam and I working on things and, you know, little bits and pieces, lots of musical things.”

That sounds like very little progress has been made since TOOL‘s webmaster claimed to have heard about half an album’s worth of music earlier this year.

Keenan was even more casual about the record’s progress or lack thereof, talking more about balancing his other bands and his winemaking business.

He remarked, “Well, with the wine — it’s attached — it’s basically part of my house. And it’s just my wife and I that work it . . . when I am working on any kind of music in terms of writing and recording, especially with PUSCIFER, it’s right here . . . When it comes to writing with TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE, it’s a whole different process and, uh, that requires a whole different set of patience.”

TOOL has not released a new album since 2006’s “10,000 Days”.

Guitarist Adam Jones recently told Revolver magazine, “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while, but you know, we’ve changed as a band . . . We’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard.”

TOOL is playing in New Zealand, Australia and Japan during the first two weeks of May.