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3 stars Tool - 'Opiate' 3.5 stars

Perhaps Tool's best work.

My opening statement is my truest opinion regarding this band that I have ultimate disgust for. There are so many reasons that I do not like this band that get more abundant overtime. But at the time of 'Opiate' this band was a real fine one in my opinion.

The members on the debut EP are Maynard (Vocals), Adam Jones (Guitar), Danny Carey (Drums) and Paul D'Amour (Bass). Paul is the only member that has left Tool in their career. I thought he was amazing and so is the current Justin Chancellor. Paul's bass was thunderously loud which I think just stayed in the band's sound no matter who took the position behind the instrument. I found him to be more technical then Chancellor, and have some really crushing lines, since the style of Tool changed; I guess the bassist change was only natural. Adam Jones is a guitarist I hate, but his work on this album is his best by a huge stretch and very impressive. He throws down some really strong riffs one after another. Danny Carey drums aren't his most impressive, but that is not a bad thing because of the heights he reached on the kit, but he has a thrash-like drum style on this one, but still highly technical. Maynard is Maynard on this one, his monotone voice is ever apparent, but his voice is still nice.

After describing the style of each player, they come together as a good jam band. There is a thrash- metal prowess on here, but it is a little more complex than that. Two live songs are also on the album that are extremely fun and exciting, possibly contributing to this band's cult following. The band didn't feel like they were such an artistic band and the player their instruments with enthusiasm. This was something I really liked, a great addition.

ProgBagel | 3/5 |


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