Tool
Opiate


3.5
great

Review

by TheMisterBungle USER (12 Reviews)
November 10th, 2006 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tool's debut EP has some ups and downs, but is a great EP nonetheless.

Tool formed in 1990 in L.A., and after two years of being together they recorded this EP. Every album they have released has a very different feel to it. Opiate is their least progressive release and most heavy.

The EP starts with the interesting Sweat which is arguably the heaviest song on this EP. Maynard seems pretty angry about something here, but I really don't know what. The lyrics are very metaphorical, your average Tool lyrics. This song is definitely a good one, but there is really nothing special about it.

Next up is one of my favorites Hush, a song about censorship. This song is definitely getting the point across, Maynard just keeps dropping the F-bomb over and over. The drums really stand out here, as they are not very complex compared to Danny's later works, they really bring out the song to me. It's a really awesome track, but probably not too great to play around your parents.

Part Of Me is my least favorite song on this EP, because it's pretty repetitive and I think it just gets very boring fast. The bass work here is A+ though, as it really stands out and makes the song worthwhile. Maynard's voice always sounds better here than on the last two tracks, but the repetition and due to the fact that the drums just seem to follow the guitar work so closely, the song gets dry. Alright song.

Then comes Cold And Ugly recorded live on December 31, 1991. Yet again here the drums create the awesome atmosphere here, and while you can tell that it is recorded live, is played flawlessly and perfectly. This song shows off the complexity and great musicianship is the band. This song leads right into Jerk-off also recorded live on the same night. This song is about something we see a lot of these days, assholes. No, not in the literal sense of course, but it's about Maynard's frustration with some jerk and how he should just kill him. It's really nice song to listen to when you are pissed off.

The title track Opiate is a song about god. It is on a topic that Tool really likes to come back to. Every instrument is good here but nothing really awesome to me. It's good but nothing really stands out to me. It's alright. The last song follows Opiate and is a hidden track called The Gaping Lotus Experience which is my personal favorite song on the CD. The lyrics are absolutely hilarious and definitely worth memorizing. This song can actually makes me laugh out loud, but you have to hear it for yourself. Amazing.

Track by track
Sweat 3/5
Hush 4/5
Part of Me 2.5/5
Cold and Ugly 4/5
Jerk-Off 5/5
Opiate 3.5/5
The Gaping Lotus Experience 5/5


Pros
Great musicianship from all of the band.
Pretty nice length.
The Gaping Lotus Experience.

Cons
Some songs are kinda boring.
Guitar doesn't stand out as much as later releases.
Part of Me.

Overall
I think that this album is good for a fan of Tool, but not a good introduction into their music. Aenima would be the best for that in my opinion.

3.5/5
Thanks for reading.



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TheMisterBungle
November 10th 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Please tell me where I can improve.

Xander_Christ
November 10th 2006


132 Comments


Hmm, tough to say, this review is pretty solid. Maybe a bit more on band history? I dunno, you really nailed this one IMO, although I would disagree about Part Of Me, which is probably my favourite song on here.

TheMisterBungle
November 10th 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome thanks dude.


The Door Mouse
November 10th 2006


2092 Comments


It was an alright review. Saying things like I love this song or this song is great (I need to work on this too so you're not alone) doesn't tell me much. I'm not going to neg it because it by all means doesn't deserve it.

TheMisterBungle
November 10th 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright thanks for the feedback. I'll try to work on that.

John Paul Harrison
November 10th 2006


1014 Comments


This was a fairly good review- but since you've written almost ten, I think it's time you started to show some serious improvement.

Your review read well, but after going over this I still have no idea what this sounds like. Example:

The Gaping Lotus Experience which is my personal favorite song on the CD. The lyrics are absolutely hilarious and definitely worth memorizing. This song can actually makes me laugh out loud, but you have to hear it for yourself.


You gave The Gaping Lotus Experience a perfect rating, but you only hinted that it’s lyrically humorous. Emotions? Colors and sounds? Grooves? Atmosphere? Vibes? None of these were addressed in the description- or the entire review, for that matter.

The hardest part of writing a review is trying to describe familiar music to new listeners. To convey this effectively, you will need to bring up more than just "It's awesome" and "The drums are cool". Give the overall feel of the album- the moods it encompasses, the soundscape it builds...the whole thing.

In my estimation, a great review only needs the word “guitar” three times at most.


The Door Mouse
November 10th 2006


2092 Comments


that was the most helpful comment ever!!

TheMisterBungle
November 11th 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say.
Thanks a ton dude!!!

Drunken Viking
November 11th 2006


1023 Comments


Calling Opiate "a song about god" is really not doing it justice, and how the hell can you
give The Gaping Loutus Experience 5/5? It's not even a real song.This Message Edited On 11.12.06

TheMisterBungle
November 12th 2006


861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love that song.
I plan on editing this soon, I know this review needs improvement.

ABalefulAura
May 16th 2008


22 Comments


This should definitely be a classic...



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