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I have an unpopular view of TOOL these days. I’m not excited about the prospect of a new album, and after reading their constant, contradictory-statement-laden back-and-forth about this mythical record for roughly five years, I just don’t care. In fact, as someone that’s actually purchased (paid money for) their first four studio records and their debut EP, I have to say I was kind of disappointed with the last couple, despite all the acclaim. OPIATE and UNDERTOW rocked hard. Then things became overblown, overtly technical, and frankly, boring. That said, the band is gearing up for a 21st Anniversary Edition of their six-song debut, and that is something that The Rock Father can get behind.

The “handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate,” will be released on on March 26, 2013. Limited to 5,000 copies and featuring art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by artist Adi Granov, and design packaging by Mackie Osborne (10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival), the release will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.
According to the press release received here at Rock Father HQ this morning, “the packages will only be available via TOOL’s website ( on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place.”

Interestingly enough, if your baby is a TOOL fan, you could always pick up Rockabye Baby!’s LULLABY RENDITIONS OF TOOL (released in 2006, and available on iTunes).

Are you excited for this one? 

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