Things apparently got really hot in the studio while Tool was recording Fear Inoculum.
The album’s producer, Joe Barresi, told Kerrang!‘s podcast Inside Track. “[Drummer] Dan [Carey]’s got, like, some geometry thing behind him, and there’s always a PA and candles. It’s very vibey. And I remember the drum tech, Bruce Jacoby, was in front of the console, and I saw this look of panic in his face.”
“All of a sudden, he just bolts out of the control room through this back door, and he gets behind Danny’s drum kit. I guess Dan was playing with such power that one of the candles fell over on his floor tom and started burning the floor tom, so the head went on fire.”
Happily, the production team estinguished the fire before the sprinklers in the studio activated, which would have ruined all of their gear. “That was one of the most insane moments — Dan almost burning down the studio,” Barresi said.