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With Tool's legal troubles now behind them the band says they are finally able to focus all their attention on a new album.Guitarist Adam Jones tells Yahoo! Music that earlier this month a Los Angeles court ruled in their favor, ending an eight-year battle with the bands insurance company. Jones says the grueling lawsuit killed the bands creative juices...

“When you try to be ethical and sleep well at night and try to do the right thing, and people around you are not doing the right thing and trying to take advantage of you, it really affects your creativity and your sleep and your relationships with people and everything you do,”

“We would have had an album out a long time ago, we would have been taking more tours. But we’ve been discouraged and distracted by this major lawsuit, which is the worst thing that’s ever happened to us."

Jones tells Yahoo! Music it "got really ugly and shameful" at times but now that it's over the band will regroup and refocus to speed things up on their new album. As of now the band isn't willing to set any specific dates for release but they hope to have it out this year. The album will be the first since the bands 2006's "10,000 Days."