It came out over the summer that Tool was remastering its entire discography for an upcoming vinyl reissue campaign. Now it seems the band has gone one step further in revisiting their earlier glories, as they’ve apparently re-recorded one of their classic tracks, “Opiate”.
Guitarist Adam Jones said on Instagram that the band recorded a new version of the track featuring a breakdown that is “five minutes longer in the middle.” What’s more, English CGI filmmaker Dominic Hailstone did an “ultimate video” for the updated take that, like the song, has gone unreleased.
Jones included clip of him messing around with “the distant Synth Melody”, as well as a link to a 2016 video of a live “Opiate” performance. Check out both below (via Alternative Nation).
~ 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 ~ https://instagram.com/p/BL7guPOASjA/
~ Great crowd at #AfterShock festival. Thank you Sacramento‼️ I truly have to respect Mr #DannyCarey who played the entire show with a very serious Staph Infection. At first on Friday morning he was misdiagnosed with a poisonous spider bite on his upper leg. Then later Friday night the quarter sized wound was cut opened & drained. By Saturday DC was still aching from head to toe & from what I heard the Local Doctor recommended we skip the show. But Dan with headaches & painful joints played anyway… 👊🏽💪🏽 #Tool #Hero #BestDrummerInTheWorld #stubborn #getWellSoon #theshowmustgoon *vid shot by @justinroberts
It’s always possible the updated “Opiate” appears on Tool’s long-in-the-works new record, but who knows when that might actually be finished.