CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Maynard James Keenan and the Nocturnals performs during 2011 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 5,
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The long-awaited new album from Los Angeles alt-rock outfit Tool has made a giant leap closer to completion. 

As Antiquiet points out, Maynard James Keenan dropped by comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast this past weekend, and provided an update on the LP for fans: "I'm gonna stop by the rehearsal space today, in theory, having beaten them up going, 'Please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music,'" Maynard said of his bandmates. "In theory, they have a CD for me today, to listen to some jams, so we can get this thing going."

Keenan added that he hasn't yet written lyrics for the new material: "I've gotta hear the sounds, and I can't write words until I hear the sounds... and I haven't heard the sounds," he said. "Gotta listen to the sounds, and go from the sounds."

Last month, drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire that Tool's instrumental trio—also including guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor—were in L.A. "working on all our parts and working on our compositions together." He added that the LP would likely drop in 2014.

"Stylistically, we're trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we're trying to do," Carey said. "We're working everyday on it and it's going really well, so I'm hoping we'll get into the studio by the end of the year."

Hopefully no scooter accidents delay their progress... again.