Thursday, October 23, 2003 @ 10:37 AM
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Dope is in a stand-alone category creating their own industrial mayhem, leaving no survivors in their wake. In their third release, Group Therapy, Dope has ventured far beyond what is expected of the Dope sound. They have stepped through the front door of experimentation, pushing their talent and creativity to the edge with no safety net.
“It is important for us to get out there again and show people that we are better than ever.” – Edsel Dope.
With this album, Dope has thrown off the chains of categorization, refusing to limit their sound to that of their previous releases. Group Therapy takes on a much more commercial sound, which will probably appeal to a greater audience. Die-hard Dope fans will have to move over to make room for all the new babies who will be molded by the raw sounds of Dope.
Edsel Dope, Virus, Sloan Jentry, and Racci Shay have all contributed their own touch to make this album unique. Starting Group Therapy with “Falling Away” gives you a good introduction to the atmosphere of most of the album. Blasting through tracks like “Bitch,” “I Am” (the first single off of Group Therapy),“Paranoia” and “Burn.”
“Dope is pure energy. If we could bottle up the power that we put on stage, you could launch the fucking space shuttle, man.” – Sloane Jentry.
Although, Dope’s hardcore high-energy sound takes on most of the album, there are a few soft spots on Group Therapy. Tracks like “Another Day Goes By” (to be featured in the upcoming movie The Whole Ten Yards with Bruce Willis) and “Sing” prove that Dope has a signature melodic emotion running deep in their roots.
Being a Dope fan myself, I was used to hearing hard-hitting, blazing, tracks like “Everything Sucks” off of Felons and Revolutionaries and “Take Your Best Shot” off of Life. I have to be honest, on my first listen of Group Therapy, I didn’t know weather to make heads of tails of this album. I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. Once I really sat down and dissected Group Therapy and all of its intricate riffs and beats, it really grew on me. So, for all you Die-hards out there, this album is something to be anticipated.
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