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Tool’s 21st Anniversary Reissue Of “Opiate” Presales Go Live, Pictures And Hefty Price Tag Revealed

Pre-sales of Tool‘s 21st anniversary “Opiate” reissue have been launched via the bands Toolarmy.com club. At the time of posting, the sets are retailing for $150 a piece. You can get a good look at the variants being offered over at Fourtheye.net.

You may also recall that five lucky fans will randomly find a “Seal Of Xatanitos” in their package. The group did not specify just what the ‘golden ticket’ style promotion would entail; merely offering that the resulting prize would only be disclosed to those lucky enough to win it.

Public sales of the reissue are set to launch on March 26th.

Comments

  • BloodyBoneKummer

    Deez niggaz is crrrrrraaaaaaazzzzzzzyyyyyyy!

    • BecomesMyVeryShackles

      Prying open my savings account.

      • star_AD

        Classic

  • cma3585

    LOOOOOOOOOL

  • GordonLightfootLoverXEX

    As a devout TOOL fan that is some KISS( also a massive fan) level gouging.

    • Lifeseclipse

      Except in the kiss army, when you don’t buy something, Gene calls you at home to make you feel bad about it.

      • GordonLightfootLoverXEX

        SHIT SON SICK BURN YOU BRING IT SO HARD!!!!!

      • G Scotty

        Did i miss something here? seemed like quite the over-reaction to something that has literally nothing to do with you… that is of course unless i missed something…

    • GordonLightfootLoverXEX

      yeah i’m a dick. my bad

  • TheMediaProphet

    Fuck that. There was a time when I thought Tool was the end all, be all. I was honestly planning on buying this, but that is straight bullshit. But what can I say? People will pay it and they will most likely sell out. Hmmm… just noticed the irony in what I typed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VitalemRecords Micah J Femino

      If they didn’t sell them at a high price, you would just find them on Amazon or Ebay for the same price. Might as well let the people that want to pay $150 for it give it right to the band.

      • adamonfire

        So in your scenario, if the price were X it would automatically sell for Y on second-hand markets, yet when listed at price Y it won’t rise to Z on the same markets? Makes sense.

      • southpawchew

        is adam a mill programmer?

  • Lifeseclipse

    If you’ve never heard Opiate and you buy this, I feel terrible for you. My brother showed something with this album. Right in the middle of the song “hush” he skipped it over to “opiate” and I couldn’t tell that it a totally different song. Bottom line for people buying this, $150 is a lot to pay for a handful of songs that all have the same drum beat and nearly identical riffs. This is for those fans who want everyone to think they are cool for listening to Tool.

    • Lifeseclipse

      I shouldn’t say listening to tool. I should say people who want to look cool dumping $150 on an EP by tool.

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I would have paid $25, and even that is price gouging.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      Yeah, I might have paid $25 tops, but this is indefensible. I love Tool and all that, but this is some straight-up bullshit.

      For all those who bitched about RATM capitalizing on the 20th Anniversary re-issue of their self-titled debut, at least the band actually offered some content to justify the price. There is nothing new here, save for some generic album art (by Tool standards) and the slim chance of earning a mysterious golden ticket which for all we know could amount to nothing.

      • TheMediaProphet

        Seriously. I’m just glad they’ve been so inactive the past few years. If I was still up their asses like I was ten years ago, my dumbass might have bought it.

  • My Farts Linger

    But, guys! It comes with a nice bottle of Maynard’s Pinot Noir and complementary goat cheese!

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      If only

  • sixteenseconds

    /insert milk.snort.gif

  • BecomesMyVeryShackles

    Wow even some veteran pornstars would say to themselves, “Now that’s an anal raping!”

  • nymets71087

    Some random quotes from the comment board from the link above:

    “To be honest, I paid $150 for a 0.1% chance of getting one of those magical seals. The signatures, album and artwork is all just a bonus.”

    “i bought a signed poster for 130 and its big and i framed it myself so the whole signature thing was worth it for me”

    And the winner is….

    “i bought a poster for $120 and then spent money to frame it…..big fuckin’ deal. People these days really flip out over shit….not realizing that they suffer when they live their life this way, not the object of their disgust.”

    • Gadupahn Madiq

      Yeah, I read those too. That last one was probably written by Marketing Bot 6000 while it was glitched out on heroin.

    • dmoe

      That last one if my favorite. Which basically equates to, “I’m a mindless retard. Maynard can cum in my mouth anytime”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VitalemRecords Micah J Femino

    If the music was remastered and remixed – then that would be worth whatever they want to sell it for. But if they didn’t make it sound better (Opiate sounds like shit) – then it’s not worth them selling any copies – let alone reissuing.
    Undertow needs to be remastered too.

  • dmoe
  • Abe

    The golden ticket probably just gives you the opportunity to let Maynard fart in your face.

    • EyeOfEveryScorn

      Wow, so if this was a full length – would it have been $300??

    • dmoe

      Seeing how 10,000 Days turned out. It mostly is just that, Maynard farting.

  • EyeOfEveryScorn

    What a bunch of pretentious assholes. I mean TOOL is good, but they are not progressive gurus.

    • rageofthemage

      While I agree with part one of what you said, you’re fucking high on bath salts if you really believe part two of your own sentence.

      Tool are absolutely progressive gurus. Just because they make business decisions that are absolutely abhorred by everyone doesn’t mean that their music has been diminished or devalued because of it. I mean Christ, they are literally one of those bands where I tell people

      “you can hate them and I accept that, but when you can’t respect the craft and musicianship that goes into those albums, then your ears are just broken.”

      Fuck their business ethics, but I will panic and maybe cry the day these jack offs stop being a band.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Or you can go with “If you don’t regard Aenima and Lateralus as being among humankind’s most worthwhile contributions, well you’re just empirically wrong”.

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        I fully respect that and trust me, there are more TOOL devotees than I can imagine. I just think they have been put on a pedestal well above what they deserve and stand out more so because of the era they played in.

        I respect them all as musicians, no doubt, but I feel that there music is more atmospheric and abstract than progressive. They are not Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, exc. My point is this price tag on an EP suggest that they think of themselves in this ilk. I don’t want to come off as some TOOL hater because I enjoy their music.

  • rageofthemage

    If those signatures are all real, and the disc is remastered with all that snazzy new artwork…. then maaaaaaaaaybe. Would I pay to have a CD autographed by Tool; one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years? Yeah totally. Would I pay $150 for it? Sadly, I might.

    At some point these guys go away, like all bands do. And then all we’re left with is the memories. And the $25 tour tee shirt, and the stack of $200 a piece ticket stubs for their last tour, and the albums, vinyls, DVDs, and singles. And the memories.

    As someone who’s long been a lurker on TDN I want to point out that Adam Jones is probably the brain behind this. Not MJK. Maynard has had it out with Adam about the way that Tool’s business is handled, and how making records is handled, etc. That’s exactly why he started his other bands. Adam on the other hand is kind a douchey attention whore. He does all kinds of guitar endorsements, does stuff for WWE both behind and on camera, and then… shit like this of course. Not to diminish the fuckery of this, just giving it proper perspective.

    I’m still talking about Tool, not the guy from the Orioles.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      Yeah I’m willing to wager they all cash the fat ass checks that result from said douchey marketing.

      • rageofthemage

        “shut up and buy my new record.” – They did say it themselves, so I guess we only have ourselves to blame?

        Wow… has all this just been an illustrative point to “Hooker With A Penis”? Because if all of their albums post-Aenima are just performance art for the sake of the point of that song… brilliant. Best conceptual thing done in the name of consistency.

        But we know that isn’t true, so blegh… still though. I am really on the fence here. I’ve been trying to find out online if the siggys are real or just part of the art. If they are all hand signed, I’m in, even if that makes me a lamewad that supports their shenanigans.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      Can someone please explain the appeal of buying items that have been autographed? If you didn’t get them to sign it in person, where’s the value? Who gives a shit?

      • TheMediaProphet

        I guess for hardcore fans, it’s the fact that you know it’s been in their hands. They’ve personally handled your copy. It definitely differentiates it from the other copies. Is it as cool as one autographed in person? No, but it’s the same scenario. You were personally in contact with them. You didn’t write a song, or tour with them, just met them. But, you give yourself more value. My autographed Gary Carter rookie card was my favorite possession until I was 13. Then I met him and he signed a baseball for me. Would I pay for an autograph that wasn’t done in person? Not anymore. But my Ryan Parrish autographed vinyl Hopesfall is now my favorite musical possession. Probably my favorite physical possession.

  • WURST

    If you drop $150 on this thing you are a complete fool and have been suckered. Like someone said above, this is a total KISS move. Anyone else think it’s strange that Tool has a Tool Army just as KISS has their KISS Army. Fuck Tool and fuck KISS.

  • southpawchew

    lets all give tool a round of applause, most bands cant sell a cd for $10 tool sells old cds for $150. you all are bitching because you cant afford it but for those wealthy suit wearing tool fans this is a cool collector piece. hats off tool dudes!

    • TheMediaProphet

      I think this is the most logical, even if sarcastic post on this topic. I agree, I personally think it’s bullshit, but at the same time. They can easily get this. The market determines value, not the manufacturer. I would gladly pay a high markup on this if Tool were still my favorite band, but I do think $150 is a bit much.

      • southpawchew

        Well what If this was meddle by pink Floyd? Or in through the out door by led zeppelin? Same set up with autos. Would u pay $150? Easily frameable great display piece. It makes sense.

    • WURST

      $150 isnt shit to me and I’m sure that’s the case for 75% of the people on here. The point is that Tool are a bunch of pricks for pulling this type of shit and it’s classless. Then again, I don’t really give a shit because Tool has been played out for far too long and Opiate is garbage.

    • dmoe

      I can afford spending 150 dollars but not a re-tread CD I already own with “new artwork sleeves” and the probability of getting a Willy Wonka gold ticket.

  • Watson

    It’s made and marketed to collectors. It really has nothing to do with what’s on the cd. It might as well be blank. Wondering why someone would pay 150 for it is the same wondering why someone would pay 1000 for a Mickey Mantle rookie card. I’m not wasting money on it, but if someone wants to, by all means. Don’t know why so many people are freaking out.

    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence

      Who am I to criticize, I paid $400 for a masturbated-into kleenex by Stanley Kubrick.

      • GordonLightfootLoverXEX

        You got an essence of his greatness

  • GordonLightfootLoverXEX

    I bought Opiate on vinyl for $15 from the local mall. For $150 I get an autographed CD and a new CD sleeve art? I may have gotten this if it was like $50. I can afford but I have never spent that on a music related item excluding a iPod. Most I ever paid for a concert ticket was $120 for prime seats to KISS/Crue last year and close to $100 every time I saw Iron Maiden for great seats. Because I found those worth it. This………….no.

    • star_AD

      Amen sister