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Tool Stream Their Reimagined Version of “Opiate”


Last week, progressive nu-metal legends Tool announced that they’d be releasing a reimagined version of their first hit single “Opiate,” which turns 30 next week. Now, the new version of the song, “Opiate2,” is available for streaming, and can be heard below.

This reworked version of the song is an interesting and menacing take on the original, though it’s very much the original in a lot of ways. The track is what you know it to be with perhaps the occasional line altered, until the real “reimagining” comes in the form of a long, primal breakdown that begins around the three-minute mark. That has all the trappings of modern-day Tool — some bongo-ass drums, some psychedelic guitars, and Maynard’s vocals being reworked with a lot of effects that make him sound like a ghost communicating through a crystal ball. There’s a ton of atmosphere here, so it’s worth a spin for sure.

Listen to the new version below. The Blu-ray-only visual companion to “Opiate2” comes out on March 18, and is available for preorder. Meanwhile, fans can catch Tool at one of their upcoming tour dates:

w/ The Acid Helps

3/1 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
3/3 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
3/4 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
3/6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
3/8 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
3/10 Chicago, IL United Center
3/12 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Arena
3/13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
3/15 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
3/17 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
3/18 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
3/20 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

w/ Brass Against

4/23 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena
4/25 Oslo, NO Spektrum
4/26 Stockholm, SE Avicii Arena
4/28 Hamburg, DE Barclaycard Arena
4/29 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
5/2 Manchester, UK AO Arena Manchester
5/4 Birmingham, UK Resorts World Arena
5/6 Dublin, IE 3Arena
5/9 London, UK The O2 Arena
5/12 Paris, FR AccorHotels Arena
5/13 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
5/15 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena
5/17 Cologne, DE Lanxess Arena
5/19 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
5/21 Krakow, PL Tauron Arena
5/23 Prague, CZ O2 Arena
5/24 Budapest, HU SportAréna

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