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Tool guitarist says band has recorded new version of “Opiate”


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Tool guitarist Adam Jones has revealed on his Instagram account that the band has recorded a revised version of the title track to its 1992 EP Opiate, while completing a new video for the song as well. Although the group has also performed the new version of the tune live, it is not clear when or if the studio version will surface.

Jones wrote online, “We recorded a new version of ‘Opiate’ not too long ago. We wrote a different break down that’s about five minutes longer in the middle of the song. I believe there are recent live versions of it online. @dominic_hailstone_ did an (unreleased) Ultimate Video for it. Anyway here’s a clip of me messing with sounds for the distant Synth Melody. *Enjoy #Tool #opiate ~”

  • Jones’ post was accompanied by a brief video of him working on the song. There is speculation that the group has recorded it for a long-rumored vinyl reissue of its back catalog, although there has been no confirmation of that.
  • Jones had said a while back that Tool’s creative process is relatively simple: “We write this song, and then we write the next song — we don’t really, like, you know, go, ‘Okay, well, now we’re gonna write the radio song,’ or ‘Now, we’re gonna write this song.’ You know, we just write and then put ’em in an order that we like after we’ve recorded them and then get a feeling from all the songs in the group and then try to attack the propaganda of selling the record.”
  • Tool continues to work on its first studio album in over 11 years, although there is no official word yet on when it will be released or if the band has even started recording yet.
  • The instrumental members of the group have reportedly been working steadily on music, with singer Maynard James Keenan also preparing some of his parts.
  • Keenan, however, is now on the road with A Perfect Circle, which is set to issue its own new studio LP — its first in 14 years — in 2018.


READ: Get the full story at The PRP

CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of the band performing the new version live

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