Listen to Opiate², Tool's re-imagined, extended version of 1992 single Opiate

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut EP, Opiate, which emerged on March 10, 1992, Tool have released a reworked and extended version of its title track.

The closing song on the six-track EP (or penultimate track if one chooses to consider hidden track The Gaping Lotus Experience as the final song), Opiate originally clocked in at 5 minutes 20 seconds in length, while the new take on the track, titled Opiate², weighs in at a hefty 9 minutes and 54 seconds.

And here it is:

The newly re-imagined version of Opiate will be accompanied on March 18 by a Blu-ray only "visual companion", billed as the Los Angeles' quartet's first music video in 15 years.

Guitarist Adam Jones worked with visual artist Dominic Hailstone (Alien: Covenant, The Eel) on the new 10-plus minute film. Hailstone also worked with Jones on the visuals on show on the band's current Fear Inoculum tour.

The physical release will be housed in a 48-page art book with behind-the-scenes and making-of photos as well as interviews and insights from special guests.

Tool have also announced a vinyl release of Fear Inoculum: five LPs, each with music on one side and and an etching on the other, with a picture book and a hard shell box. Due to arrive on April 8, pre-orders are available now. Those with deep pockets also have the option of paying a small fortune for an autographed box.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.