It’s still up in the air whether Tool will release a new album in 2013, but we do know they will be reissuing their debut EP ‘Opiate.’ The band will mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release with a handcrafted, limited-edition package.The special edition will be released March 26, limited to just 5,000 copies. It will feature illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov, with the design packaging by Mackie Osborne. He has collaborated with Tool on posters and merchandise along with several albums such as ’10,000 Days,’ ‘Lateralus’ and ‘Salival.’
The 5,000 copies will be divided into five different runs of 1,000. Each set will feature a variation of the exterior graphics and include bonus items such as a new stereoscopic image that can be viewed with glasses from the ’10,000 Days’ packaging.
The anniversary edition of ‘Opiate’ will not be available in stores. It can only be ordered via Tool’s website beginning March 26, with no pre-orders.
The reissue will have to tide fans over until the band’s next album of original material. They have been working on new material, but the release date is unknown. Maynard James Keenan has said it won’t be this year, but drummer Danny Carey says it will be released in 2013. We’ll have to wait and see.
Tool will be hitting the road in late April for a short tour in Australia and New Zealand.