Why is Tool Re-Recording Old Music Instead of Working on a New Album?

If you’re following Tool through the various social music channels, you might have seen this on Instagram.

Um, okay. But is this really necessary? They’ve managed just four full studio albums on their resume since they were formed twenty-seven years ago. The last record was released 11 years, 6 months and 8 days ago and they’re messing around re-recording a track from 1992?

Okay, so maybe this is a temporary distraction. Maybe they were seized with some kind of inspiration that made them think of a way of improving “Opiate.” The best explanation is that this is part of a remaster project that will see all Tool releases offered on vinyl.

Or maybe it’s a message to fans. “We’re slow. Get over it.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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