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  • Well, here it is: Tool’s roots. All the blood, sweat, and tears of Maynard, Adam, Paul, and Danny, packed onto this 6-Song, 26-Minute EP for our listening pleasure. Even though it’s short, you can really tell they worked hard on it. Of course, this would only be the beginning…Here’s a track rundown:1. Sweat: Great way to open Opiate, and is my favorite song on the album. Catchy, dark, and thought-provoking: this would soon prove to be the Tool standard. I believe it is about drug abuse.2. Hush: Another winner. This track showcases Maynard’s outstanding songwriting skills. It’s about censorship and how silly it is. “People tell me what to say, what to think and what to play…” That’s another great aspect of Tool: they encourage nonconformity.3. Part Of Me: Good song, featuring great drumming by Danny Carey. Infectious little number, with a weird, but great vocal effect. Also has a couple of time changes.4. Cold & Ugly (Live): “Somebody throw this Bob Marley wannabe [edit] out of here!” One of the album’s two live tracks. However, the playing is so top-notch, it’s pretty hard to tell. Superb vocals and guitar work.5. J**k-Off (Live): You all know what the title is, I just don’t know if you can say it here. Anyway, this one’s got the best lyrics of the bunch. Definitely Tool’s angriest song (at least lyric-wise).6. Opiate: A good closer to the EP. Features Maynard’s infamous anti-religion lyrics. Also listen up for the hidden song: it’s pretty funny.All in all, this is definitely a great way to feature the roots of the one and only Tool. I recommend it to anyone who just wants to hear something different than Wimp Bizkit.”I know you better than I know myself…”

    Posted on November 24, 2009