Dälek (pronounced ‘Die-a-leck’) returns with a new album Precipice on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. In what is becoming a common refrain of recent times, the album originally planned for 2019 has been completely overhauled because of the pandemic, and the chaotic times we currently find ourselves in. The duo of MC Dälek and DJ Mike Manteca felt that the originally planned album wasn’t strong, angry or heavy enough for the times we have endured. The added strength, anger and heaviness are indeed defining features on Precipice.
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Tool will release their first video in 15 years, “Opiate2,” arriving today via RCA Records. You can watch a three-minute preview of the Blu-Ray short film is available below. “Opiate2” is a re-imagined and extended version of Tool’s 1992 single “Opiate,” with both the song and video marking the 30th anniversary of the EP of the same name’s release. The band wraps up their US tour this weekend with European dates to follow. Read our review of the tour here.
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Tool, currently on tour in support of their acclaimed 2019 album Fear Inoculum (read our review here), will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first commercially-available release, Opiate, with a re-imagined and extended version of the EP’s title track and an accompanying short film. For Tool fanatics, this is the much loved extended version the band performs live. ‘Opiate2’ (or Opiate squared) is available via DSPs right now!, with the Blu-ray only visual companion available on March 18th.
Tool has formally announced the release of their vinyl version of their critically-acclaimed fifth album, Fear Inoculum, due out on April 8th, 2022 via RCA Records. The release will see the album spread over 5 LPs and paired with new, extensive artwork. Pre-orders are live at the link below. Tool is currently on tour with The Acid Helps. Read our review of the first part of the tour with Blonde Redhead here.Continue reading
Tool, currently on tour in support of their acclaimed 2019 album Fear Inoculum (read our review here), will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first commercially-available release, Opiate, with a re-imagined and extended version of the EP’s title track and an accompanying short film. Opiate2 is available via DSPs on March 1, with the Blu-ray only visual companion available on March 18.
By my own admission, I have been to some weird Tool shows in my nearly thirty years as a fan. Some of them have been weird thanks to the band, and some have been weird, because well I’m (not a creep), a weirdo. One of my last shows before the world shut down was Tool at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, complete with an army of relentless rent-a-guards practically assaulting fans due to the notorious Tool cell phone policy. I’ve no issue with the policy, just the way it is implemented. Tonight was by far the weirdest Tool show ever for many reasons.
Persefone’s metanoia (Napalm Records) opens and it feels as if I’m watching an Andrew Lloyd Weber Broadway musical. Metanoia is atmospheric and grandiose; one would expect nothing less from Persefone. ‘Katabasis’ explodes onto the listener with a bombastic array of seventies progressive rock and psychedelia feel. Marc Martins Pia has shades of Yaz and Freddy Mercury on the opening track juxtaposed with the guttural vocalizations of death metal. The guitar work of Carlos Lozano Quintanilla and Filipe Baldaia are a wild mixture of mathematical genius, LSD, and a plethora of thirty-second note runs. ‘Katabasis’ can be an intense listen.
Tool performed their first show of 2022 and their first in 670 days (cue the 10,000 Days jokes), since the end of their 2020 tour. Appearing at The Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, the band played material from their hit 2019 album Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional Records) as well as some deep cuts and hits. Check out the set list from last night, via Setlist.fm. Blonde Redhead and The Acid Helps are providing direct support for all current US tour dates, which you can see below.