Tool have released a “re-imagined” 10-minute version of their 1992 single “Opiate”, revamping the arrangement to suit the progressive, psychedelic vibe of their most recent material.
Many of the arrangement elements of “Opiate2” remain unchanged from the original, which closed their debut EP of the same name. Guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Chancellor Justin carry the main sections with their heavy riffs, and Maynard James KeenanThe lyrics still seemingly explore the destructive nature of certain religious leaders.
“Every once in a while, throughout history, there is someone who takes the time to be a little clear and see a little bit into the future, to look a little bit into the past,” said Keenan. noted of the song on stage in 1996. “They come [onto] some pretty amazing revelations – they’re starting to understand the concepts of unity, the evolution of thoughts, our connection to everything, the collective unconscious. They’re pretty nice people, good ideas – something to explore. What happens, though, is that they have these agents coming in and screwing it up, right? Being in Hollywood, I’m sure some of you can relate: a great idea that got lost due to bad marketing. This song is about agents.”
But everything else about “Opiate” has been reimagined: the cleaner production, Keenan’s more dynamic vocal delivery, an expansive middle section built on Danny Careythe polyrhythmic toms of . The overall experience feels closer in the spirit of the mammoth live version Tool has played occasionally in recent years – if it was a new track instead of a reworked one, ‘Opiate2’ would have fitted in nicely with the band’s latest album, 2019’s Inoculum of Fear.
You can hear the song below.
On March 18, Tool will release the visual companion to the track, their first music video in 15 years, on Blu-ray. The film — created by Jones and visual artist Dominic Hailstone (Alien: Pact, eel) – will be featured in a 46-page art book featuring behind-the-scenes and making-of photos; the Blu-ray will also contain special guest interviews.
Tool will also widely distribute their Inoculum of Fear vinyl box set on April 8. Meanwhile, their ongoing tour continues tonight in Pittsburgh, with dates booked through the end of May.
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