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The CD begins with "Sweat", which reflects Tool's power in a significant way and is on the level with all of their singles. It then moves into "Hush", a song discussing censorship of music, and the singer's views on the subject. It's a song that manages humor and seriousness all at once. Track 3 "Part Of Me" takes hard rock to a completely new level that only Tool can do, as the song is great and full of energy.
This EP also contains 2 live tracks; "Cold And Ugly" and "Jerk-Off". Both display Tool's awesome live performance skills. The band is so on-key and tuned in both performances that both sound as if they were recorded in a studio. Both are full of power and emotion and keep the album flowing. The album's closing track "Opiate" brings the religious theme of the album into full perspective, from both a sarcastic and serious point of view. Following is the hidden track "The Gaping Lotus Experience", a humorous song about experience with drugs.
To sum it all up, if you're a fan of very hard rock with a meaning behind it, and are open-minded and thoughtful about your music, check this out. This is an album not to be missed. Also be sure to look into Tool's other 2 releases "Undertow" and "AEnima", both equally amazing.
Here's a track rundown:
1. Sweat: Great way to open Opiate, and is my favorite song on the album. Catchy, dark, and thought-provoking: this would soon prove to be the Tool standard. I believe it is about drug abuse.
2. Hush: Another winner. This track showcases Maynard's outstanding songwriting skills. It's about censorship and how silly it is. "People tell me what to say, what to think and what to play..." That's another great aspect of Tool: they encourage nonconformity.
3. Part Of Me: Good song, featuring great drumming by Danny Carey. Infectious little number, with a weird, but great vocal effect. Also has a couple of time changes.
4. Cold & Ugly (Live): "Somebody throw this Bob Marley wannabe  out of here!" One of the album's two live tracks. However, the playing is so top-notch, it's pretty hard to tell. Superb vocals and guitar work.
5. J**k-Off (Live): You all know what the title is, I just don't know if you can say it here. Anyway, this one's got the best lyrics of the bunch. Definitely Tool's angriest song (at least lyric-wise).
6. Opiate: A good closer to the EP. Features Maynard's infamous anti-religion lyrics. Also listen up for the hidden song: it's pretty funny.
All in all, this is definitely a great way to feature the roots of the one and only Tool. I recommend it to anyone who just wants to hear something different than Wimp Bizkit.
"I know you better than I know myself..."
"Sweat" kicks off with short line lyrics and heavy guitars that are a hallmark of the Black Sabbath school of hard rock. The riffs occasionally recall Led Zeppelin, and the topic of "Sweat" may also recall drug music of the 70s. In its own way retro, this song may be less than what you could make of it; it may just be a hard rock dream.
The next song, "Hush", is the perennial rebellion song. The message is short and to the point. You keep telling me what I can't say, so I tell you to go do physically impossible things to yourself. The music is edgy, and the Led Zeppelin influence is clearly felt, though with an even harder edge.
"Part of Me" is a song with personality, a song about a part of males that controls us, and yet we do not want that control sometimes. It's amazing how a piece of you can be so much in control when it does only a couple of things. The drums lead this piece, but the guitar crunches are more Black Sabbath than Led Zeppelin. Solid metal.
"Cold and Ugly" is another lyrically simple song, performed live, that starts out like thrash rock. The guitars crunch and wail, but the lyrics become quiet, drifting back to a grunge sound. Between the wails this song is about relationships and people, and how they are beneath the exterior they show the world.
The next song expresses how many of us feel about certain people in the world. "Jerk-Off" makes no apologies for calling them like they see them.Read more ›
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This is Tool's first album even before "Undertow!" It is definitely just as impressive and it's way appealing with crazy killer guitar riffs and an aggressive metal based... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great debut EP by my favorite heavy metal band , great pressing and good price, I recommend itPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very underrated album. And for this amazing price, it's definitely worth adding to your collection.Published 1 month ago by Danielle
Holy smokes, Opiate for 6.99 + shipping on vinyl delivered to my house. There is a god. I also bought Undertow on vinyl as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by steve
Despite being Tool's first release, Opiate, a six-song EP released in 1992 is one of the best Tool albums to date. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Love to review!