Novus Opiate Seclorum

Section J: “Salival”

Released 12 December 2000. Peaked at #37, according to Billboard.

Track Listing:




Prison Sex


Hush [DVD version only]


Third Eye [Live]

Part of Me [Live]

Pushit [Live]

Message to Harry Manback II

Merkaba [Live]

You Lied [Live]

No Quarter

L.A.M.C. / Maynard’s Dick

J1. What is “salival” supposed to mean?

The band were aware that fans had waited for so long for more TOOL, they were drooling in anticipation. 

J2. What is that diagram on the outer sleeve?

It is a stylized version of a ritualistic symbol of the Tree of Life. 

J3. The sticker said that it is a limited edition?

That’s because they only made so many and are no longer printing/pressing any more. 

J4. There seems to be some mistakes in the liner notes?

Early printings suffered from a series of typos. Many of these errors were fixed in subsequent printings. 

Somehow, quality control at the printers let a whole slew of mistakes slide on the first run:

– “Pushit” and “Stinkfist” are listed as two words each, instead of one word.

– The first word is spelled wrong in “Message to Harry Manback II.” 

– Aloke Dutta and Paul D’Amour’s names are misspelled.

– The videos on the VHS run in reverse order from the tracklist. This mistake was not corrected in later printings.

J5. I heard that the video for “Hush” is on here, but my copy doesn’t seem to have it.

It was only on the DVD version, not the VHS. 

J6. Where were the live tracks recorded?

The live tracks were recorded in Portland, Oregon, San Diego, California, and Denver, Colorado, but they haven’t said what song came from which show. The studio tracks were recorded at The Loft, Hollywood, California and Ocean Way, Hollywood, California.

J7. I think the track list may be wrong?

If you have one of the original printings you may have  found another mistake in the liner notes; “You Lied” is actually track 5 and “Merkaba” is track 6.

J8. So, the live version doesn’t feature Bill Hicks. Who is this new person talking in the intro for “Third Eye”?

They went with Timothy Leary this time. 

J9. So, Mr. Manback must be popular?

This was actually saved from their Ænima sessions.

J10. Is “You Lied” a new song?

Yes and no. It is actually a cover of Justin’s old band Peach’s song. 

J11. What on earth is a “merkaba”?

Sometimes also spelled as “markabah” and/or “Merkabah”, in Ancient Egypt, it was actually three words, not one. “Mer” meant a kind of light that rotated within itself. “Ka” meant spirit, in this case referring to the human spirit. And “Ba” meant the human body — though it also could mean the concept of reality that the spirit holds. (

In the Bible there is references to Ezekiel and the wheels by which Ezekiel ascended into heaven. (Wikipedia)(The Holy Bible; The Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 1)

J12. Why does “Merkaba” sound familiar?

Before it became a song by itself, it was a really long intro for “Sober”. 

J13. Where did they get the samples used in “Merkaba”?

Where they got the “omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, without judgment” sample is unknown.

The sample “It’s some kind of psychedelic experience” is the same one used in the song by Zaum, “Psychedelic Experience”. 

J14. Okay, what does “LAMC” stand for?

Los Angeles Municipal Court

J15. What’s up with the hidden track?

It is called “Maynard’s Dick” and according to Adam they were just messing around in the studio.