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Guitarist reveals group has recorded a new version of an old favorite

By Gary Graff
November 9, 2017

Here’s some news to make Tool fans even more excited about the group’s years-in-the-making next album: the group has apparently recorded a new version of “Opiate,” the longtime favorite from Tool’s 1992 debut EP.

Guitarist Adam Jones revealed on Instagram that: “We recorded a new version of ‘Opiate’ not too long ago. We wrote a different break down that’s about five minutes longer in the middle of the song. I believe there are recent live versions of it online.”

Jones has also included “a clip of me messing with sounds for the distant Synth Melody. * Enjoy.”

Jones did not say whether the new “Opiate” will be included on the group’s long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days; Tool has been working on the album and played a new song called “Descending” during its tour dates this year, but no title or release date have been revealed.

Frontman Maynard James Keenan is on the road with his other band, A Perfect Circle, until December, and that group has confirmed it will release a new album during the spring of 2018.