|Studio album by Tool|
|Released||March 10, 1992|
|Recorded||December 1991 - January 1992|
|Genre||Heavy metal, alternative metal|
|Producer||Sylvia Massy, Steve Hansgen, Tool|
|Singles from Opiate|
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Opiate is the major-label debut album by American rock band Tool. It was produced and engineered by Sylvia Massy and former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen. Released as an EP in 1992, it was the result of some two years of the band playing together after their formation in 1990. Opiate preceded Tool's second major-label release, Undertow, by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "Religion [...] is the opium of the masses". As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 copies in the US and is certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Background and recording
Opiate features seven songs spanning six tracks, two of which are "live" recordings. Most versions of the EP (all except the cassette) feature the hidden seventh track titled "The Gaping Lotus Experience". On CD versions, the song is hidden at the end of the last track of the album, "Opiate", and begins approximately 6 minutes and 10 seconds into the track after "Opiate" has concluded. Vinyl copies of the EP featured a double groove on the second side; one which contained "Cold and Ugly", with the second containing "The Gaping Lotus Experience" and a small period of silence. Both grooves led into "Jerk-Off".
"Cold and Ugly" and "Jerk-Off" were recorded specially for the album at the Jello Loft on New Year's Eve 1991 with a live audience. As a result, these two songs have never been available as true "studio" recordings except for the band's 1991 demo tape. This demo tape, titled 72826, also featured early versions of "Hush" and "Part of Me" (as well as several tracks that would eventually make it on Undertow), and was used to get the band signed. All four songs were re-recorded for this album.
In the original CD inserts for the album there is a collage of photos of the band members as children, among various items and trinkets, and also includes a picture of someone engaging in necrophilia with a well-decomposed cadaver. In reality, it is a friend of the band joking around in prop maker Stan Winston's studio.
Music and lyrics
Many fans consider Opiate to be Tool's heaviest album (along with Undertow). The EP lacks several progressive traits the band became known for later on in their career. In a 2013 interview, guitarist Adam Jones stated "I love metal, but I love the other stuff that's been contributed by the band. When we started out, the record company said that we had to pick our heaviest songs, because that's the impact - you're metal and that's really important."
On March 26, 2013 the band released a special 21st anniversary limited edition package of the album, It includes bonus features, such as new artwork. It was limited to only 5,000 copies. The packaging was done with an old fashioned Heidelberg Cylinder Press.
|3.||"Part of Me"||3:20|
|4.||"Cold and Ugly" (Live in Hollywood, CA 12/31/91)||4:10|
|5.||"Jerk-Off" (Live in Hollywood, CA 01/01/92)||4:25|
|6.||"Opiate" (the song "Opiate" ends at 5:20. The hidden track "The Gaping Lotus Experience" starts at minute 6:10, after 50 seconds of silence.)||8:30|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,155,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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