Five lucky fans will get something extra in their copies of TOOL’s forthcoming commemorative edition of the Opiate EP available Mar. 26 via Toolband.com. Dubbed the “Seal of Xatanitos,” the five certificates will be placed randomly amidst the 5,000 copies of the collectible reissue. The prize will only be disclosed to each of the five winners.
In a new interview posted today, Adam Jones speaks with Spin about both the impetus for the Opiate limited edition reissue as well as the history of the EP. “I grew up with double-gatefold vinyl, and I didn’t use the cover for cleaning my pot,” deadpans Tool guitarist Adam Jones — who incidentally doesn’t smoke weed — about why album art still matters to him. “The visual element is something we’re losing. I think our society is going into a forced minimalist period and people don’t care.”. Read the full article at Spin.com. Jones also recently discussed the release with Revolver Magazine.
The 21st anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.
The 5,000 copies will be broken down into five variations (each 1,000 pieces) with each set featuring a slight alteration of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.
The packages will only be available via TOOL on Mar. 26 with the band setting aside a small number of packages (200 of each variation) for Toolarmy members. Toolarmy members will be able to purchase on Mar. 22 via Toolarmy.com.