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"Opiate" is a pretty good but not essential EP.

Tool's first effort is, like many many bands, just an EP, where not much is said and proven. It is very immature indeed, and the songs are some of these songs are kind of banal. However, some of these songs are true Tool classics, in a way, even though their dark and majestic style is yet to rise, even though they're much more heavy metal than prog. That is why I recommend this especially to heavy metal fans, who will surely enjoy this.

The album starts with"Sweat", with a strange intro. The song's riff is very dark, and Maynard's voice is excellent as always.

"Hush" is a very energetic song, excellent, one of their best songs of the band's first era. Catchy, very enlivened, and sure pretty cheerful, respect to the other Tool songs.

"Part Of Me" is one of the briefest Tool songs (if we don't count all the intermission songs like Faaip De Oiad, Lost Keys etc.), but this doesn't mean it's a weak song. Quite the contrary, it's a great, catchy tune, very nice to listen to.

the two live songs aren't really goos in my opinion, I'm not crazy about the melody, and consequently they bore me a bit.

the title track is interesting in many ways, and shows some first signs of what Tool will eventually become. It is, indeed, the only prog song in this album.

An pretty good EP, not essential, but still interesting and enjoyable. However, I recommend it only to Tool fans

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |


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