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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
This is Tool's debut release. It is a good mini album, featuring a hidden track. That said, do not expect it to sound like 'Undertow' or 'Aenima', because it doesn't. It sounds the way it does, not specifically because Tool dramatically changed their musical direction after this release, but because they decided to put their 'punkiest' songs on it. It is direct, loud...
Published on 19 Dec 2000 by setnakht4

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3.0 out of 5 stars Grunge: Opiate of the plaid-shirted masses
To a seasoned observer, the incomprehension with which 'Opiate' is greeted by more recent Tool aficionadi is puzzling. To judge this record by earlier reviews, you might be forgiven for expecting 'Opiate' to sound radically different, even primitive, when compared to their later offerings. Indeed, I had put off buying this CD chiefly because so many people had suggested...
Published on 11 May 2011 by Dara Londain


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, 19 Dec 2000
This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
This is Tool's debut release. It is a good mini album, featuring a hidden track. That said, do not expect it to sound like 'Undertow' or 'Aenima', because it doesn't. It sounds the way it does, not specifically because Tool dramatically changed their musical direction after this release, but because they decided to put their 'punkiest' songs on it. It is direct, loud and lacks the depth and dynamism of their subsequent releases. But that doesn't invalidate it, not by a long shot. These songs are great, and the band still play some of them live, which shows their attitude towards the release. There is a tendency to think of it as the 'other' Tool album, and to file it away under 'completists'. But this album is more than valid in its own right and is a great rock document. If you listen to their other material and then listen to this you will find yourself getting an amazing insight into the workings of 4 minds that are unlike any you are likely to meet in the course of your average day (unless of course your name is Justin Chancellor!).
Don't buy it first, but if you like the other Tool albums, don't be put off by what you read about this one. It rocks and it's hot and it's Tool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began, 21 Oct 2006
This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
Its hard to believe the band that composed Lateralus wrote this isnt it?!

This is mostly an intelligent old skool metal album, but with a unique Tool twist. The live recordings are amazing quality.

This is an angry, angst ridden EP, and well worth the money, even if its only 6 songs. It is an awesome foundation for things to come.

And it contains songs that rank among Tools very best: Cold and Ugly, Hush
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grunge: Opiate of the plaid-shirted masses, 11 May 2011
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Dara Londain (England) - See all my reviews
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To a seasoned observer, the incomprehension with which 'Opiate' is greeted by more recent Tool aficionadi is puzzling. To judge this record by earlier reviews, you might be forgiven for expecting 'Opiate' to sound radically different, even primitive, when compared to their later offerings. Indeed, I had put off buying this CD chiefly because so many people had suggested that it didn't measure up to the expected Tool yardstick.

The reality is that 'Opiate' is a grungier, less dour and less pompous incarnation of the group that would go on to capture the hearts of prog-rockers. Anyone who is a fan of '90s grunge, particularly its heavier outliers, will find much to appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Tool, 31 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
I recently bought this CD and whilst a newcomer to Tool i have found the other two CD's to be easier to listen to as a beginner. This CD is bordering on a special project becuase it doesn't seem like an album more just a collection of songs that didn't get put on other albums. The CD however is fantastic and broadens an already diverse genre again. Quality Stoner Rock if ever I heard it, and I have, fantastic! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tool are an experience... not just a band.. an experience!, 24 April 2000
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This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
I would have to recommend that anyone with a sense of rock, grunge and metal take heed, my words. Tool are one of the most original and haunting bands I have ever heard. However Opiate should be the last album to buy from they're collection. If you are new to Tool, then go for the jugular and buy Aenima. However if you're a die-hard fan and want to be scared, influenced and hyped again, then Opiate is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class on Vinyl but a shame about the packaging?, 12 Jan 2014
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The sound is really good on vinyl. The fantastic art work which came with the cd is not on this vinyl. It's a plain sleeve inside with the tracks numbered. The bonus track on cd is not on this ep either. It's worth noting the negative aspects that might disappoint later. On the upside the drumming sounds incredible on vinyl. If you like Tool or alternative rock from the 90's it's a must. Maynard's introduction, need I say more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 27 Feb 2010
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Samuel Damsgaard (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Opiate Ep [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is the first official Tool album. The sound quality is OVER the top! Much much better then you could and would expect from a '92 kinda demo like album.. If you are into progressive heavy rock, in the most intelligent way possible, Tool is THE WAY TO GO! No other band in the history managed to pull it off like Tool does, not even close. Opiate is awesome music, like ALL OTHER TOOL ALBUMS!!! BUY BUY BUY, both LP and CD version!

Enjoy Tool... Always Tool!
//Samuel
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the genius that is Tool, 5 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
This is where it all begin. If your expecting a Lateralus or Aenima you will be shocked. This is much more like a heavy Undertow. The band themsleves have said that they just wanted to release their heavy songs first cos they wanted to be a rock band. Of course they later realiesd their mistake and expermented. Anyway this is still an essential purchase because every song on here is blinding. As always Tool have never written a bad song.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars showing me where it all began...., 14 Sep 2001
This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
If you are new to Tool then this wont be anything like your'e expecting. This is when they were starting out and when released caused them to be sectioned off as anohter new grunge band, nothing could prepare us for what they were going to become, but here they were at the start full of rage and ideas. Maynard hadn't developed the voice he has today, but the power he got from it was amazing - witness the anger in "Hush" and "Part of Me", the live songs as well hinted at how good this band were, considering those song were recording at a friends party. "Jerk -Off" is a song to scare you parents with and the hiddent track highlighted their bizzare side. A fantastic record thats a must for ay tool fan
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOOL RULE!, 6 Sep 2003
This review is from: Opiate (Audio CD)
This is by far my favorite tool album because every song sounds like its the first time youve heard it every time you play it!
All the tracks are amazing for all diffrent reasons i recomend this to bass players because it has extreamly cool bass lines on all the songs. Also Danny does amazing druming which will blow you ears off, and also there are little comedy bits at the end of some of the songs, and the secret track is funny as hell burning fat, whilst cooking! This is the heaviest of all the albums and is the most original!
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