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.

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fulcanelli
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fulcanelli

It sounds like this release will be all about the packaging only. Are the songs being remastered, redone, or is there anything music related at all?

Davvda
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Davvda

Confused by the fact that I haven’t seen anyone ask this question already… Why 21st anniversary? What’s special with 21? A 20th anniversary last year I’d understand but this, I don’t quite get. Someone enlighten me.

fulcanelli
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fulcanelli

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …. The Fibonacci sequence. It probably has something to do with that.

Calfium Jay
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Calfium Jay

As if Opiate is anything to get excited over anyway….

lucidcandle
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lucidcandle

i’m guessing (hoping) that the reason so much emphasis has been placed on the artwork is because the interview that was posted was with one of the artists. I do have a question though. usually i completely understand information having to wait to be approved but i’ve always assumed that it had to be approved by the band. in this case there are interviews with the band members that are waiting to be approved by the bands management. what reason could tool’s management possibly have to edit information the band members themselves are giving? i’d welcome any thoughts on this,… Read more »

doors
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doors

Tool sold out when they released Lateralus. Maynard called it their ‘black album.”

inequitude
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inequitude

Not upset to read of a move away from Alex Grey after a decade, but all the illustrations I see from this guy online seem to be… templated? CGI templates? His characters are super androgynous, and it doesn’t strike me as a tactic that’s gunning for intentional provocation (i.e. Brian Molko wailing in a pinafore)… moreso just a lack of talent. Bit weird. I really don’t know enough about his work though…. see how it goes – sure everyone knows what they’re doing, aye.

eyepod
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eyepod

This would be “left field”and pretty damn cool IMO:
This re release will be a 21 year old tool doing their own renditions of newborn tool’s songs.
TOOL covering tool.

Jethro Tool
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Jethro Tool

is Paul having any say in all this?

brewdog123
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brewdog123

no way

Undertowjones
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Undertowjones

Sooo but hurt Im thinking of sacrificing one virgin puppy a day untill release of new album.

Undertowjones
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Undertowjones

Butt* wtf

smithersSOCAL
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smithersSOCAL

opiate is a rad EP. and was my first introduction to the band. so on one hand I’m excited but tempering my excitement with a big glass of reality. tool has lately become the band that constantly disappoints. tired ass old website themed to an album released in 1996, dated repetitive art work, constant delays on an album that’s been promised year after year. new art sounds cool. but most of us already own this stuff (cassette, vinyl, and cd)… Adam needs to earn the $$$…. he can’t keep phoning it in with repetitive art. music AJ!!! that’s what the… Read more »

bob
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bob

im sure adam will make it look quite cool. i do appreciate how everyones a little bitter on it. a lot of times you get people that are such ‘mega fans’ they like anything thats thrown at them with no sense of whatever you want to call it. i remember buying Opiate on CASSETTE (which someone took from me and i never got back) in Dec of 1994. the nastaliga of all this puts a smile on my face. Im sure its been remastered (prob by Danny) but if they do not include any other material its more of a… Read more »

DRURY
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@crow

http://biology.about.com/od/anatomy/p/Frontal-Lobes.htm

Impulse control. Reasoning. Judgement. Higher Order Functions.

Nothing “new” about anonymous internet users bitching for no reason to project their own state of dis-ease.

Something new materializing in these kinds of brains would be mechanisms of impulse control kicking in, making way for reason, leading to a clearer judgement, revealing a higher order of functionality.

DRURY
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DRURY

@crow

Acting like a smug know it all seems to describe you more than anything.

The insult was perfectly applicable in this case.

BellJH
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BellJH

If they’re updating the artwork theyre updating the music, surely. Id like to see studio versions of jerk off etc. Maybe some alternate versions or recent live takes on a couple of the songs.

Hope we get more info soon!

BellJH
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BellJH

Does anyone else think that they might have put the reimann hypothesis track on this limited opiate re-release? Wasnt it on a board in the loft a couple months back? And blair mentioned it the first time about a year ago, maybe when they were drawing up their ideas for the re-release

DRURY
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DRURY

How is Opiate a throwaway release? Those songs are all 100% TOOL. The sound quality isn’t up to the levels they would later achieve, but that is to be expected from a first EP. I could go down the list of the tracks and explain why each track is fucking cool, but why bother? The energy in the live tracks and raw chemistry that can be found on Opiate is inspiring. You really won’t find bands emit that much newfound creativity very often anymore. All the Purveyors of Original Thought are here to shit all over every bit of news… Read more »

children
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children

It did say that it’s a “handcrafted” package. Sounds like it’s a collector’s item sort of release. There’s a possibility these 5 sets of 1,000 are in vinyl and it will be released in a much greater quantity in cd format at some point in the future.

N.Y.H.C.
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N.Y.H.C.

who does everyone think they are on here to wave their fingers? honestly. you must be out of your heads. I think people are getting too high… so high.

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

crow011 said “If they’re doing updated tracks and what-not, it’s pretty rude to limit it to only 5,000 copies. Whatever. I mean, torrents, right. “OPIATE” was always a very throw-away release for me, anyway. People like Tyson think I’m nuts, but it sounds nothing like TOOL. It’s almost a demo for what the band could actually end-up being. Short songs, formulaic, and a little boring. Sure, the fire is there, and it’s cool to throw on every now and again – but given the choice of ANY TOOL album when I’m in the mood, that doesn’t even get a mention.… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

@badkittygothgirl I could pick you apart if you had a little more to say yet you simply just ask a question without any rhyme or reason? If you have a retort I’d love to hear it! The only thing I have from you is a question and a username…. “badkittygothgirl” you label yourself likso juvenile and I feel like you maybe… don’t fit in somewhere and maybe… need to fit in so you just whip out your handy dandy label maker, throw on some black nail polish, black no 1 dye for your hair, black clothes maybe? I bet your… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

DRURY SAID: DRURY March 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm There is nothing more ignorant than someone that believes there is a difference between the two fascist wings of the tyrannical eagle that controls america. But yeah, fight the power dweebus. Anyways, i’ll say it again. Most people have become rotten spoiled brats with no class, respect or any sense of reality. A band that we like is releasing an anniversary album with new artwork, and from what the press release said “bonus laden” content. There is nothing about this that requires your shitty attitude or sardonic response. Nobody is forcing… Read more »

N.Y.H.C.
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N.Y.H.C.

@Zwerewolf & @badkittygothgirl, sorry I don’t want to instigate further arguing but I’ve read all 100 of the comments on this post twice and I seem to be missing something. what is the back and forth about here? can someone please summarize the facts because I’m missing something for sure. please…if someone can I’d appreciate it.

void
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Another month passes by…fans debate when the album is going to be released again…some tool news…oh, a re-release of Opiate…The Pot video…

fucking pathetic…

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Zwerewolf with W’s was taken on instagram already. I’ve been using it for a while so decided to keep it and used the v’s for w’s. Thunder and lightning isn’t what I’m about but if anyone wants to call me out then don’t do it in a round about way. Speak directly to me and let me know what your problem is. I vaguely understand what a hipster is and from my understanding I am nowhere even close to being a hipster. I don’t listen to indy music and I don’t wear scarves unless I’m out snowboarding or living in… Read more »

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Furthermore… PBR is pretty gross I’ll have to agree. Anyone like flying dog beer? Try Gonzo if you haven’t already had it. Comes in a 4 pack and I think it’s about 12% alcohol. RIP H. S. Thompson

N.Y.H.C.
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N.Y.H.C.

the two bands don’t have much in common musically (except they are both from my youth) but the Deftones have put out one and a half pretty damn good albums since 10,000 Days. Just saw them last night in NYC. They sound fantastic live (one of the few things both bands have in common). It’s odd being their bassist is out of commission and they’re a bass driven band (you could argue) that they would release two new LP’s since his tragic accident. Not really trying to make a point here, just posting some fragmented opinions. I would be more… Read more »

void
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I think Blair’s post clearly insinuated that the band has moved jamming/writing/arranging sessions to Hawaii. He did mention some other time that they had previously considered going somewhere exotic to inspire them while writing.

In my opinion, this isn’t s a good sign. This kind of thing usually means a band has run out of good ideas and aren’t inspired. Oh wells

N.Y.H.C.
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N.Y.H.C.

what’s with Blair’s new post? is that sarcasm? hard to tell anymore. it’s one of two things, he’s either calling bullshit on Tool for trying to finish this new epic track but instead taking another vacation to Hawaii (which make no logistical sense being he exclusively blogs for the band) or two, the instrumental portion is tracked already. which would be incredible. thoughts?

Z-Werewolf
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Z-Werewolf

Danny is a fucking giant! Cool I’m really excited if Blair isn’t being sarcastic. Sounds like the new album should be stellar.