Opiate (EP)

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Opiate
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ReleasedMarch 10, 1992 (1992-03-10)
RecordedDecember 1991 – January 1992
Studio Sound City, Van Nuys, California
Genre Heavy metal [1]
Length26:52
Label Zoo
Producer
Tool chronology
72826
(1991)
Opiate
(1992)
Undertow
(1993)
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Cover art for the re-release and digital versions
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Opiate is an EP by American rock band Tool. It was produced and engineered by Sylvia Massy and former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen. Released in 1992, it was the result of some two years of the band playing together after their formation in 1990. Opiate preceded Tool's first full-length release, Undertow , by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "religion ... is the opiate of the masses". [6] As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 copies in the US and is certified Platinum by the RIAA. The EP charted on several international charts when Tool released their catalog to online streaming in August 2019. [7]

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Contents

Background and recording

Opiate features seven songs spanning six tracks, two of which are live recordings. Most versions of the EP (all except the cassette) feature the hidden seventh song titled "The Gaping Lotus Experience". On CD versions, the song is hidden at the end of the last track of the album, "Opiate", and begins approximately 6 minutes and 10 seconds into the track after "Opiate" has concluded. Vinyl copies of the EP featured a double groove on the second side; one which contained "Cold and Ugly", with the second containing "The Gaping Lotus Experience" and a small period of silence. Both grooves led into "Jerk-Off".

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Music and lyrics

Along with Undertow , many Tool fans consider Opiate to be the band's heaviest album. [11] The connection fans have to the EP was even addressed on the song "Hooker with a Penis" from their third release and second LP Ænima . The EP features straightforward song structures in place of the progressive traits the band became known for later on in their career. In a 2013 interview, guitarist Adam Jones stated "I love metal, but I love the other stuff that's been contributed by the band. When we started out, the record company said that we had to pick our heaviest songs, because that's the impact - you're metal and that's really important." [11]

Lyrical subjects explored on Opiate include censorship and organized religion. [12] [13]

2013 reissue

On March 26, 2013 the band released a special 21st anniversary limited edition package of the album, which includes bonus features, such as new artwork. It was limited to only 5,000 copies. [14] [15] [16] The packaging was done with an old fashioned Heidelberg Cylinder Press.

Track listing

All tracks written by Tool (Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, Danny Carey and Paul D'Amour).

No.TitleLength
1."Sweat"3:46
2."Hush"2:48
3."Part of Me"3:17
4."Cold and Ugly" (live)4:09
5."Jerk-Off" (live)4:24
6."Opiate" (the song "Opiate" ends at 5:20. The hidden song "The Gaping Lotus Experience" starts at 6:10, after 50 seconds of silence.)8:28
Total length:26:52

"Cold and Ugly" and "Jerk-Off" were recorded live on New Year's Eve 1991/1992 at the Jellö Loft, in Hollywood, CA.

Personnel

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [17] 43
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [18] 85
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [19] 87
US Billboard 200 [20] 59

Certification and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [21] Platinum70,000^
United States (RIAA) [22] Platinum1,155,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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