Tool Mark Debut Album Anniversary With A Special Release

The band announces a special surprise to mark the 21st anniversary of "Opiate".

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With the anticipation for the new studio release higher than ever, art metallers Tool have decided to focus on marking the 21st anniversary of their debut album "Opiate". And what better way to do so than a handcrafted, limited edition release.

The "Opiate" anniversary edition will be available on March 26 via band's official website and is limited to only 5,000 copies. The release format is currently unknown, but according to the group's announcement, there will be no pre-orders.

The reissue will feature art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has previously collaborated with the band on several of their albums, including "10.000 Days", "Lateralus" and "Salival".

The 5,000 series is reportedly being broken into five 1,000 runs with each one having different exterior design and bonus items. As far as the new release goes, bassist Justin Chancelor has recently described it as the "biggest project of their lives", adding up more anticipation to already impatient fans.

So what do you think about the "Opiate" reissue? Will you be checking it out or are you just looking for a new album from these guys? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Tomorrow's headline: Maynard says Tool will not reissue Opiate.
    Opiate confirmed for official release in 2030
    'Opiate release delayed because of Scooter accident.'
    It'll be something like a street luge or a paragliding accident this time, cant have the same accident twice.
    Or can you?
    say hand accident please tool
    An unnamed member of Tool was attacked by a mine. Said party was tortured while trapped in an invisible box. New album is delayed again. By the way in three week's we will release another delay message but secretly releasing the album.
    I had a friend once, he took some acid Now he thinks he's a fire engine...
    I see nothing on their website.
    I'm with you, I've been waiting for news on the new album yet I haven't seen anything, including this. All this hype is making me anxious for the new album, dont tease me UG!!!
    They posted this last night on their official Facebook page. But it isn't on their website.
    Noob_Brood reminds me of when they released autographed copies of Lateralus at Midnight a while back. They didn't tell people it was being released at midnight Pacific Standard Time and many people on the east coast and countless around the world got screwed.
    Not a big fan of reissues and even less of a fan of trying to compete for limited copies. However, if I did have an opportunity to buy it and it was reasonably priced then ya of course I'd probably give it a look over but wouldn't go out of my way to find one.
    bonus items: exclusive danny carey's radiography and scooter fragments! Plus a bonus cd of the entire opiate album massively remixed to make it sound totally different... like a new record... If they do a similar thing I will not surprised
    Well unless hes planning to release them in some weird special way, those will all be sold out in seconds if its just a free for all release. Maybe it'll be 5 shows and each one has 1000 smuggled cameras (which are never allowed) in it with a secret SD card with 2-3 new tool tracks, and if you make it to all 5 shows and find one of the secret SD cards you will have all of the tracks to the new Tool album!
    Looking forward to a reissue, especially if it comes with unreleased material and/or being remastered.
    That release date is dangerously close to April Fools' Day.
    Ya, I agree. All of this feels too much like they're having a go at us. It would have been dead obvious if they said "release date April 1" so they changed it up a little. All those poor Tool fans on the 26th that will be frantically trying to order it (myself included).