Opiate 21st Anniversary

Opiate Reissue arriving soon!

Word from nxrm in the forums today was that he received his copy of the Opiate 21st Anniversary reissue. His was ordered via Toolarmy, so I’d expect fellow soldiers to receive theirs in the coming days (or weeks if you are outside of the US). No word on if standard orders were mailed at the same time (I suspect some are still to be sent) – I guess we’ll find out soon. Here’s a photo he took of the item:

Here’s a link to a few more photos of the package.

Danny and Adam Opiate interviews with Blair online

There hasn’t been an announcement, but several Fourtheye readers have notified me that both Adam’s and Danny’s interview with Blair have been published. The one with Adam appears in the last newsletter on Toolband. It’s largely a reprint of what has already been talked about in other interviews.

Danny’s, found on his website, is a little more interesting, and he talks about his work on Opiate and hints at some of the esoteric meanings behind the release.

Toolarmy Opiate Presale on now

Toolarmy members wanting to order a copy of the Opiate Reissue can do so now. Four of the five varieties are still available at time of posting, and the cost is $150 each. Going by the photos, the only difference between versions seems to be what I think are the certificates of authenticity, the pose of the “Priest” on one of the cards and the CD colour.

Sales don’t seem to be super fast, and for $150 each I expect there are quite a few hesitating at that price. I don’t think anyone who wants to pick up a copy will miss out.

Here’s pictures of all the varieties:


Tool Opiate 21st Anniversary Reissue: What we know!

Blair posted a few further details shortly about the Tool Opiate reissue, and I thought I’d take the time to summarise what we already know:

  • The Opiate reissue will feature new artwork from Adi Granov, a few other extra items pertaining to the new art design (Adam mentioned stickers and stereoscopic art), and a certificate of authenticity.
  • All of the copies of Opiate will be signed by the current members of Tool.
  • The package will contain an Opiate CD (not vinyl) with no extra musical bonuses
  • There are five different variations, 1000 of each for a total of 5000.
  • Each variation of 1000 contains a special (randomly chosen) “SEAL OF XATANITOS” which entitles the bearer of to a certain prize. This “seal” will be included on the 5 unique certificates of authenticity contained in the prize winning package.
  • Buyers will be limited to 3 per variant, so presumably can buy up to 15 in total.
  • Update: Price is $150 each.
  • It will go on sale to the public on March 26th
  • There will be a Toolarmy presale on March 22nd. All edition will be available, however one 1000 in total will be for sale (200 of each variety). Toolarmy presale is over!
  • Update: Toolarmy Opiates went on sale at around 9am PST. Expect the public items to go on sale at a similar time.

I hope this answers some of your questions. Personally, I don’t think this will sell out super fast, so I don’t think there’s a need to be checking out Toolarmy every 30 seconds to see if it’s up yet. And it will probably be much easier to get a copy in public sale than during the Toolarmy one.

Opiate Toolarmy sale and the Seal of Xatanitos

Badkittygothgirl posted this morning this little snippet she noticed from a Revolver article regarding the Opiate reissue:

The packages will only be available via Tool’s website ( on Mar. 26 with the band setting aside a small number of packages (200 of each variation) for Toolarmy members. Toolarmy members will be able to purchase on Mar. 22 via

Good news for Toolarmy members. Presumably we’ll know the price of these articles quite soon.

For what it’s worth, I personally don’t think it’s worthwhile signing up to Toolarmy just for this sale (in general I’d say it’s not worth becoming a member at all). Given that it’s expected to be somewhat expensive (I’m still predicting $100+ for signed copies) I think there will be enough available during the public sale.

It’s also been revealed that 5 copies will contain the Seal of Xatanitos, some kind of golden ticket that will no doubt make you a better Tool fan.

Opiate reissue to be signed?

A new photo Adam posted on Instagram today suggests that the Opiate reissue will be signed by all members of the band. Presumably all 5000. Edit: According to Danny on Children of Saturn today it appears 2000 are signed.

I bet their hands were so sore afterwards they couldn’t bring themselves to writing any new songs! Bastards!

Adam explains the Opiate 21st Anniversary re-issue

Revolver published an interview today with Adam regarding the 21st Anniversary Edition of Opiate. He goes into more detail about the recording and politics of the album, as well as the new artwork being created for it. He also mentions that there are no bonus tracks:

Overall, how does Opiate hold up for you 21 years after its release?
It’s kinda like a time machine. It takes you back to that time and what you were thinking. Creatively speaking, there’s always room for improvement. Playing some of those songs live 21 years later, you’ve obviously evolved. And now Justin [Chancellor, bass] is in the band, which makes it that much different and better. So it’s fine. I mean, I’m sure you’ve written an article where you go back and look at it and wish you’d set it up differently. So you can always change stuff. But I’m very happy with it. It’s really fun to give it a birthday and celebrate it. It’s more of a special thank-you for the fans. I know that sounds weird because we’re selling it, but we just wanted to make sure we did something unique and special with it—which is why rather than just reissue the music, we’re going back and readdressing all the packaging and artwork. I felt like George Lucas going back and adding digital effects to Star Wars. I know a lot of people are against that, but I’m into it. It doesn’t change the story. I think it’s great. It’s stuff that you wanted to do back then but you couldn’t.

Is there anything specific you would change about it?
Maybe the way it’s mixed. But there’s a politic in that whole thing, too. You can’t just explain it to somebody, as far as capturing your music the way you want. As far as my guitar playing? Yeah, maybe I’d redo a lead or use a different effect here and there, but overall I like it. It’s something I’m very proud of.

He also talks in a little more detail about the delay in their next album:

You mentioned earlier that you guys are in writing mode. What’s the status of new Tool music?
I guess you wouldn’t be doing your job if you didn’t ask. [Laughs] It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while, but you know, we’ve changed as a band. It’s just like a marriage—you grow older, people change, and you’ve gotta adapt or move on. We’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard. There are a lot of other interests. But what I really want people to know is that it’s not a bad thing. I’m serious. I think there’s a little more respect now, and when there’s compromise, it’s a little more open. I don’t know if that’s just a matter of getting older and going, “Ah, fuck it,” or what. [Laughs]

I’ve been with these guys a long time, and we’ve outlasted all of our peers. I mean, I try to think of the bands we came up with that haven’t broken up or broken up and gotten back together, and I can’t think of one band. OK, the Melvins. But that’s it. And we kind of set that up early by deciding that no matter who does what we’re gonna split everything four ways. Some decisions have to be unanimous. Others are put to a vote. We’re really involved in the business side. We write our own checks. But as far as the writing? It’s been a little more lax—as in relaxed. But it’s nice. We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate—we all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago—but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good. And that’s the point. We’re not gonna put out something that sucks just to put it out. We also had two really bad things happen, things that I’m not gonna get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. But we’re past them now, everybody’s recovered, and that process has kind of actually added to us focusing on being creative. So maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason.

It’s a great interview, and worth the read.

Opiate 21st Anniversary Edition hits the printers

How excited are you for the upcoming 21st Anniversary edition of Opiate? Exited enough to watch it being printed? If the answer is yes then today is your lucky day! Post not to long ago on the Tool Facebook page.

No further details yet, but it looks as though the packaging is quite large – I expect similar to the size of the Salival package. Doesn’t look big enough to be vinyl though (unless my eyes deceive me). Hopefully we will get further details in the next week or so.

Edit: Since the forum won’t allow iFrames, here’s a link to the video 

February Tool Newsletter released

Blair has published the February 2013 Tool Newsletter, and it contains an interview with Opiate reissue artist Adi Granov. Here’s a snippet:

Q: First off, how did you get involved with the cover artwork for the 21st anniversary release of Opiate?

A: Adam and I met last year, and he was already familiar with my work, so we started talking about collaborating on various things. At some point some artwork for Tool came up and Adam asked me if I’d be interested in doing the art for the Opiate anniversary. I was very happy to do it!

Q: Prior to meeting Adam, were you a fan of Tool’s music, and/or their artwork? If so, what were your first impressions of seeing the original cover art of Opiate?

A: I discovered Tool at a pretty significant point in my life, as a war refugee in former Yugoslavia. It was a desperate time, so the music was a significant means of escape. Tool’s music really impacted me and I have been a fan ever since.

I’ve lived with the music for a while before, upon moving to the US, seeing the album art. I don’t remember if I connected the meaning immediately, but I do remember the intensity of the image. It was intense and creepy, kind of terrifying. It was a while before I realised that the figure was a sculpture rather than makeup on a model.

Quite an interesting interview, especially where it talks about how he’s reworked the original Priest figure from Opiate. Looking forward to the other interviews Blair has promised.

Opiate 21st Anniversary Edition to be released?

A post on the Tool Facebook page is claiming that they will release a new 21st Anniversary Edition of their first EP Opiate. Here are the details:

TOOL will release a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate, on Mar. 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release.

The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.

The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.

The packages will only be available via TOOL’s website ( on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place. More details to be announced soon.

Facebook is an unusual way for Tool to release information such as this, and at time of writing there’s no confirmation on Toolband. Doesn’t seem to be any indication of some bonus audio, which is something I’d like to see included in the package.

I think we’ve all had enough of the “why aren’t Tool releasing the new album” argument, so lets keep discussion in this post on topic, rather than create another 10-page whinge-fest.

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