To nobody’s surprise, progressive metal legends Tool have won a GRAMMY Award® for Best Metal Performance for their song “7empest”. The song, which is off the band’s comeback album Fear Inoculum from 2019, has to be one of the longest songs to win a Grammy award – clocking in at almost 16 minutes long. Danny Carey (drums) and Justin Chancellor (bass) accepted the awards at today’s Premiere Ceremony in Los Angeles.
2019 was another great year for music, but you don’t need us to tell you that. It was a year of both startlingly good debuts as well as comeback albums that didn’t seem likely, and Tool’s Fear Inoculum certainly qualified as such. The band’s first album in 13 years, the record set a number of milestones along the way – including becoming the longest song in history to hit the Hot 100. So is it really any surprise that Tool released one of the biggest albums of 2019 in any genre?
If there’s one thing all musicians and artists have in common, it’s that they have to truly put in the work to advance in their careers. Whether recording a new record or touring for 150 days out of the year, the grind never really stops for those in the music industry – and when you combine that with the mental health struggles many musicians face, that simply compounds the kind of pressure they’re under.
Progressive metal juggernauts Tool have once again reached a big millstone. The band is celebrating their third consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, with Fear Inoculum (RCA Records) reigning over the U.S. sales charts, selling 270,000 units.