There should once be someone to state that Scots are economical, or stingy humans of reason. Those seem to be all stupid prejudices, because if you get involved in the presentations of OPIATE from Scotland, then you will quickly come to the conclusion that more variety would have been almost kitsch. No trace of avarice!
"Destinctive Smile" can be arranged in the Nu-Metal corner, the pallet of influences is, however, anything else than reserved and pleases the maltreated by average hearing with each further run. OPIATE seem to have no fears of contact with the most diverse styles in any phase of the album and so I already have to praise this band for their debut. Metal-influences of the sort FAITH NO MORE or early LIFE OF AGONY are woven likewise into the Songs, like loans from the Hardcore, Grunge, Rock or evenly Nu-Metal. Sounds pretty puzzling and hard to convert, yet OPIATE have accomplished to form a convincing whole out of all these puzzle parts.
They show ability of creating catchy melodies, but still they are really rocking and plowing the landscape like a bulldozer. No Hop- or Sports-Metal, how bad tongues tend to state, but quite seriously meant and suitable for headbanging monster riffs combined with creative grooves are screwing once again on the neck vertebrae of the listener. Additionally Justin Muir impresses with his variable singing, which combines again the most diverse tendencies in itself and is responsible for further alternation. You almost notice how much time they left passing by before releasing this debut.
Searching for any mistakes you get quite disappointed by OPIATE and so even supercritical music listeners will only find few things to criticize and have to award this rising band a considerable measure of identity. If it should continue in this way, then the last word concerning OPIATE is not spoken in quite a long time. (Online March 10, 2003)