Opiate
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2000
This was the last Tool cd i bought and it was not a disappointment! All 3 cds are great. All 3 are my favorite. Tool is one of the best bands out there, their talent in mind-expanding lyrics and great music is one in a million. This is a thinking man's band. So if you can't take deeply thought out lyrics that you really have to look into to get the best meaning, or 10 minute masterpiece songs that are done right ( this is what really good music sounds like folks!) then i suggest investing your money into some trendy materialistic band like Blink 182 or Foo Fighters. TOOL is GOOD STUFF people, get with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2003
Before "Lateralus"...before the brilliant classic "Aenima" and even before the hard rock driven extremely dark and brooding "Undertow" album...there was "Opiate". Just like everything they would go onto do, Tool's music was sheer brilliance from start to finish on this 6 song, 26 minute EP. Not to mention two lives tracks jam packed with all the excellence that is Tool live. Back in these days (mainly with this cd and Undertow) Tool's music and lyrics were alot more angry compared to now. Maynard's words have always been clever and thoughtful as hell, even with this album, songs expressing rage such as "Jerk-Off" are by no means being [mad] just for the sake of it. This is being [mad] with a purpose. Obviously someone really did Maynard wrong, Dug the knife a tad too deep with him. Other songs like "Opiate" are speaking out against religion (always awesome) and subjects such as insecurity (Cold and Ugly) censorship (Hush) and drug addiction (Sweat) are instant classics. Since this cd is so damn short, and Tool is just too awesome anyways, I couldn't tell you the best songs on here. Just buy it, especially if you love Tool. Now if you're new to Tool, I would actually recommend the "Aenima" cd but I think this one would work just as well. I got my best friend into Tool by playing him this cd and since he has a been a fan. Just buy this cd even if you don't like Tool, you should like this. Come on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2004
Tool's debut EP is a great starter for people who haven't heard Tool before. It's their worst album, just because the others are so great, but there are some real good songs on it.

Sweat (4/5)- Great song shows right off the bat what Tool's capable of. Instead of a bridge they play an instrumental break full of double bass and killer timings.

Hush (4/5)- A single that has an awesome video and cool meaning as well as humorous lyrics.

Part of Me (4/5)- Redundant lyrics don't stop this song from being great.

Cold and Ugly (4/5)- First of the two live songs on the EP, this song's a lot of fun to play drums to.

Jerk-Off (4/5)- The next live song has really good lyrics. I notice that Maynard repeats a lot of lyrics on this first album but any Tool fan knows that stops in the next couple albums.

Opiate (4/5)- The title track is my favorite song on the album. Excellent lyrics.

Even if you don't like anything about Tool, you should download Opiate the song just for the secret song, The Gaping Lotus Experience. It's hilarious and tells a great story. Sure, this is Tool's most lacking album but anyone who's heard their later stuff knows that this was just a warm-up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2001
"Opiate" is Tool's debut release - a CD made up of the heaviest material Tool had written at the time of recording. This really comes through on this CD - Although the use of distortion isn't as extreme as "Aenima", the songs themselves are of a far more metal variety. The album opens up with "Sweat", a song with a sudden and loud opening, before being followed by "Hush", a song with lyrics soaked in sarcasm. "Part of Me" is the third song, boasting both catchy lyrics and chorus. "Cold and Ugly" and the amazing "Jerk Off" are both live performances which serve to highlight the talents of Tool live - The "Bob-Marley-Wannabe" Manyard talks about is rumoured to be the lead singer of "Green Jelly" jumping around with a dredd-lock wig on. "Opiate" is the quiet, come-down track on the album. "Opiate" is best seen as a face of Tool - The violent, heavy face wielded like a sledgehammer. It lacks the subtlety of Tool's later albums but makes up for it in spirit. The artwork inside the CD sleeve is also excellent and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tool's debut album is a brute force of songs which introduces Tool's style to the world. Although this is not a full length album and not as complex as their future releases, this is still a compelling album. Maynard James Keenan talks about a variety of subjects such as censorship on the song "Hush", moral hypocricy on the song "Jerk-off", and religious hypocricy on the song "Opiate". Once you hear that song, you know that Maynard is not too fond of religion. Adam Jones is also introduced to the world with his amazing guitar playing. This album was a hit in the alternative music scene when they went touring with Lollapalooza in 1992. There is also an hidden track after "Opiate" called "The Gaping Lotus Experience" which sounds like a acid rock song to me. This was not the first Tool album I bought, but the last one. I got this around the same time I bought "Lateralus". This album is worth buying, but I would go with one of their later albums first because they are more compelling and more mysterious than this release. This album definately deserves 5 stars!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2006
Tool is a band that with each release takes not only time, but also effort to create something awesome. Although Opiate is just an EP with only 6 songs for its listeners, it still manages to satisfy. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just a metalhead it has much to offer so early in their career. This is what helped gain Tool's early fan base before losing a few as well as gaining many more fans during the release of Ænima and Lateralus. For me though, I love every release they have done. I have so much respect for each album and I think that they are all perfect in their own ways. I have taken the liberty of rating the songs below.

1. Sweat - 10/10
2. Hush - 10/10
3. Part Of Me - 9/10
4. Cold And Ugly (Live) - 9.5/10
5. Jerk-off (Live) - 9/10
6. Opiate - 10/10

Overall: 95% A-

If you don't have this album yet or are new to the band and already like their newer stuff I would recommend purchasing this. That is if you desire to hear the roots of the band known as Tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
Of course this early Tool EP is nowhere near their later masterpieces "Aenima" (1996) and "Lateralus" (2001). You can clearly notice that they were still defining their sound here. But if you take it for what it is, it's actually really enjoyable.

This is no Progressive Rock yet. The sound is rather harsh and juvenile but the songs are catchy and the riffs and melodies stick in your head. You can hear that this material is the foundation for "Aenima"'s powerful and frustrating atmosphere. Although this EP might not be that interesting for those of you who don't know Tool's later works yet, I would highly recommend it to any Tool fan.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2001
The best thing about listening to Tool is the fact that, in the almost 10 years they've been around, they haven't molded their expectations to anybody. Tool isn't one of those fad "nu-metal" bands like "Limp Bizkit" or "Slipknot" or even "Papa Roach". Maynard is an insane genius, but that's what makes Tool work.
Opiate is Tool's debut. It's only got seven songs (one is hidden), and they're all good. Each is hand-crafted by the demented minds of Maynard James Keenan and co., and it really shows on this one. The best songs on here are Part Of Me, Sweat and Hush, but the whole album is worth listening to. It's a quick listen, nowhere near the length of Undertow or AEnima. It's also a bit rawer than either album, since, like I said, this is their debut, and they had yet to get their sound perfected. There's also a hidden song after Opiate that's really quite funny.
Opiate should be for die-hard Tool fans only. If you're familiar with A Perfect Circle, I would recommend this if you want to check out Tool. It's more accessible if you're a new fan of APC wanting to check out Tool. However, if you've never heard either Tool or A Perfect Circle, I would suggest you make Undertow your first purchase. I think that any Tool album is a good purchase, though. Remember, Maynard sold his soul to make a record. Let's make it worth his while, OK?...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2010
On side B of this Vinyl record it randomly plays either Cold and Ugly or The Gaping Lotus Experience depending on which groove the needle falls on when you start it. I thought there was something wrong with my record until I consulted the good people over at Tool Army (before the board was wiped out) and learned the error of my ways. I love this album, and Opiate is one of most intelligent songs I've ever heard. It's a total FU to organized religion and people who blindly follow what they're told to follow even if it's retarded and corrupt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WOW! If your thinking, yeah this was before "Undertow" and its probably cruddy 'cause i've never heard of it and there's only six songs, think again. Opiate is amazing Hush is great, Part of Me is classic, and Jerk-Off is off the scale. This is a rare look into the early TOOL live and believe me, they sound just as good. Maynard James Keenan may be a machine, I have never heard a human being sustain a single note for such a long period of time. Anyway, TOOL fans, you MUST own this CD to be truly complete.
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