Opiate

by Tool

(1992) Volcano #61422-31027-2

Personnel Drums/Danny Carey, Bass/Paul D'Amour, Guitar/Adam Jones, Vocals/Maynard James Keenan
URL http://toolband.com
Description Tool's first and most recognizably metal record. A six-song, 27 minute EP with two live tracks.
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Directory Recordings: Metal
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On 8/28/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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I haven't really gotten everything possible out of this record yet, but so far it's great. It's a mean hard rock animal, full of raw youthful energy when Tool were hungry and just breaking commercially. Sweat, and Hush (my personal fave) are great songs and right up there with Tool's heavier stuff. Part of Me is the worst one but still good. Cold and Ugly is great and reminds me of Jimmy off of Aenima and I don't know why. Jerk-Off is this CD's Ticks & Leeches. It is unbelievable how crazy those live tracks sound. When Maynard screams on Jerk-Off, it's sends chills down the spine when you think of actually standing there in the Jello Loft when this was being performed. Opiate is a great song also and shows where Tool was headed at the time. It's kind of a sneak peak at Undertow. The drumming reaches brutal tribal energy at times, and the guitar riffs are pretty cool. Maynard's vocals as always leave me speechless. This whole EP has a very "Hooker With a Penis" (from Aenima) vibe to it, and doesn't contain much weird noises and is almost completely devoid of the tripouts so important to Lateralus and Aenima. This is great stuff from the best band around.