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Excellent 18 54.55%
Good 9 27.27%
Average 2 6.06%
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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agree with most of this
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Old 05-21-2006, 03:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I love this album its my second favorite Tool album (Lateralus).
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Opiate(The song)is about religion. More precisely about ministers/pastors, and how they just want you to let them tend you like a shephard tends sheep. Rape is not used in a sexual context here, just to clarify. My favorite is when he says: "Jesus Christ, why don't you come save my life now", it's in a subtley sarcastic, almost mocking way. Especially the "Jesus Christ" part. Brilliant. The best song on an excellent EP. Highly recommended.
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Old 07-10-2006, 03:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How about the end of Eulogy?

"Come down.
Get off your ****in cross.
We need the ****in space
to nail the next fool martyr!

To ascend you must die!
You must be crucified
for your sins and your lies!
Goodbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyye!"

and A Perfect Circle's Judith?
A lot of his songs are about organized religion. Maynard's mom's name is Judith and it sounds like Judith the song was written to his mom about how religious she is and he's trying to show her how ignorant she is:

"F*ck your God
Your Lord and your Christ
He did this
Took all you had and
Left you this way
Still you pray, you never stray
Never taste of the fruit
You never thought to question why"

Great stuff
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Old 07-10-2006, 06:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Most of the songs revolve around life in some way. Throughout Tool's history there have always been songs that just probe questions and ideas around the many facets of life. Not crackpot theories eather, proper actual ideas.

Very knowledgable people even before you associate them with making awesome music.
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Although I haven't heard the entire album yet, I'd probably rate it the same. Tool always delivers great music in everything they do. They aren't a band for every person, since alot of their lyrics can be easily misunderstood.
I definitely agree about most of the lyrics being about life most of the time. 10,000 Days was mostly written about death, whereas Lateralus was written about life, and other topics like Alchemy. Maynard writes alot of lyrics about religion too, and most of them degrade Christianity to an extent. It's easy to understand why, especially about the song Judith from A Perfect Circle. "Praise the one who left you broken down and paralyzed, He did it all for you." Like nutshell said, it was obviously about his mother still being religious, even after the personal problems she experienced.
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I have not yet listened to an album by Tool that wasn't amazing.
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:11 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Good, but not one of Tool's best albums. I think I would go for either aenima or lateralus being their best. I like the raw sound on opiate, though. Tool is a band that hikes up my idea that not all bands get worse over the years. Their new albums are actually something to look forward to, knowing you won't be dissapointed.

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Everyone prefers Aenima.

I think you should give this E.P another listen, and try not to compare it to the other Tool albums because after Opiate it's just a massive rollercoaster ride of progression and experimentation, and if you're trying to find that sort of brilliance on Opiate, it's not there. Opiate has other quality's. Quality's that built a strong basis for Tool to work off of.

Listen to this album for the anger, the way Tool give it to you, and the lyrics that are profoundly non PC.

Damn, as I write this I begin to wish I'd rated it higher.


Brilliant review and ^^ post.

Opiate is my fav. Tool album..it was also what got me hooked. I listened to this album so much that my room mates hid it from me and made me by Undertow...which they also hid from me...then Aenima came and I wasnt so impressed with it and only listened it it half as much as Opiate and or Undertow...Lateralus is my second fav..but Opiate is what I always recommend to Tool haters or people that have only listened to Aenima.
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9/10, even though my least fav. Tool album. It is just that much better than most all of the other music out there. Undertow is my all time favorite album. This one is alright w/ Hush as my fav. along w/ Opiate. This album sounds much different than their later work. Perhaps they wanted to establish themselves as a dark heavy band to giv them more credibility when they moved to dark lighter stuff. Either way it's all very dark, but w/ light at the end of the tunnel. If you're into instant gratification, they're not for u, like when I first started listening to Aenima, I didn't know what they were going for, or why all my friends liked them. However, the more u listen to them, the more their music draws u in, and I love it!

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