Well, it looks like I called this one (subtle pat on the back).  I've been saying since early last year that I expected a new Tool album by last this year/early 2013...and Tool drummer Danny Carey has vindicated me!  According to an interview with Vic Firth, Carey says Tool will be booking some studio time in June or July to lay down tracks for an upcoming album.  Figuring a couple of months for mixing and mastering...a Christmastime Tool album isn't out of the question.  Check out the 3 part interview here: