It took Tool 13 years to record 2019's Fear Inoculum, but the rockers' next album might be with fans a lot quicker thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 'Ænima' hitmakers were one of the last major acts to play in New Zealand before all concerts were cancelled or postponed as the country entered lockdown.
A man who later tested positive for coronavirus attended the first of two Tool concerts at Auckland's Spark Arena in February.
Tool has since postponed dozens of North American shows due to the pandemic and drummer Danny Carey reckons that could mean new music soon.
"I'm hoping, during this downtime, as soon as we're able we'll get together [and] start hashing out some new Tool stuff in the meantime, maybe write another EP since we're down and we can't do anything else," Carey said.
"I'm just kind of waiting on that, you know, waiting around - that's all I've really got going on."
Carey made the comment during a Berklee Bass Webinar broadcast, which is an online seminar that has also featured members of Korn and Megadeth.
It was posted on YouTube by a fan account which notes bassist Justin Chancellor recently said he'd sent Carey a new riff to work with.
Last year, Carey told Metal Hammer the band has "tonnes of material" to make a new album with, teasing that it would be out quicker than Fear Inoculum.