The single and short film mark the 30th anniversary of Tool’s Opiate EP. Earlier this month, we heard the reimagined version of the EP’s title track, which modernizes the original 1992 track with new production and re-recorded/extended sections.
Guitarist Adam Jones and visual artist Dominic Hailstone worked together on the 10-minute short film, having previously collaborated on Tool’s stage design. It’s being billed as Tool’s first music video in 15 years, and like their previous videos, provides a truly surreal and disturbing visual supplement.
The teaser clip finally reveals the amorphous, semi-humanoid creature adorning the “Opiate²” Blu-ray artwork. The alien-esque form emerges from the depths, twitching and morphing as it begins to walk across a nightmarish landscape. Jones has clearly lost none of his practical effect skills — he famously worked on Jurassic Park, after all — as the amorphous form looks like something out of a sci-fi horror flick.
Tool only have two dates left on the North American leg of their 2022 tour. Tonight (March 18th) they’re in St. Louis before closing it out on Sunday (March 20th) in Cleveland, Ohio. The band then heads across Europe in April. Get tickets to the upcoming shows via Ticketmaster.
Purchase the “Opiate²” Blu-ray here. You can view the three-minute clip from the short film below.