LISTEN: Tool release reimagined version of “Opiate”

music news 02/03/2022

To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut EP, Tool have released a "reimagined" version of their 1992 single "Opiate."

The reimagined version, dubbed "Opiate², has been extended to 9 minutes and 54 seconds, and has a more progressive, psychedelic vibe to match their most recent material.

Tool have been performing a really similar version of the revamped tracked since 2016, so a lot of fans will already be familiar with it.

Opiate² is out now on all digital platforms, and will be released on Blu-Ray on March 18th.

This Blu-Ry release will include a 10-plus-minute short film created by visual artist Dominic Hailstone and guitarist Adam Jones (who have both previously collaborated on visual elements for Tool concerts), plus interviews and a behind-the-scenes art book.

The track was released this morning (March 2) and fans are already loving it.

One fan commented,

It has more of a prog feel throughout, with the slightly slowed tempo and exteded middle section. Fantastic version! Best of both worlds.

While another commented,

Maynard stayed pretty true to the original vocal range but you could def hear the maturity in his singing style from then to now. I loved it, but I also love the raw gritty Maynard from opiate days. This new version is like APC Maynard taking a stab at a tool song.

Have a hoon of the tune up top, and you can pre-order the Blu-Ray via Amazon.