Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

Dopamine Complicated Mus

By Andrew Depedro, Ottawa Corespondent
Thursday, March 6, 2008 @ 0:32 AM


- advertisement -
- advertisement -
It doesn’t get anymore complicated than describing a band’s music as “stoner rock progressive grunge metal explosion” in their bio but somehow for Ottawa’s power trio Dopamine the definition hasn’t hurt them especially since they’ve been recording and playing for over a decade. Of course, we all know that grunge nosedived quickly from Nirvana and Soundgarden to Daughtry and Finger Eleven in the course of a decade and a half and with modern radio infested with cookie cutter bands from that genre in between can you blame many people for wishing the 90’s never happened?

That said, few of the negative indulgences that plagued the 90’s alt-rock era if any are present on Complicated Music For Idiots. Granted, the tried and true slow/quiet intro and buildup leading into the fast/loud chorus is heard frequently on songs like “Distant” and “Walking Hell” and stretch the song out for longer than it probably should for some but Dre’s guitar work and vocal delivery more than compensate for it. In particular, the opening, driving riff of “Walking Hell” highlights the band’s melodic approach to writing a song and perfectly balances both its heavy aggressive and light melodic sides without sacrificing the best parts of either. Plus it brings to mind some of Gruntruck and even Brother Cane’s early work in parts. “Better Off Alone” is a short to-the-point driving rocker laden with catchy choruses and hooks and has some hints of power punk influences at least as far as how fast the song is played. And the groove-influenced funky bass riffs and solid drumming courtesy of Kenneth and Jason Cote respectively embolden “Vulture’s Eye” and highlight Dopamine’s progressive rock influences, making this song the most Tool-sounding than Tool themselves have sounded in ages.

The only drawbacks on this CD – besides the fact that it’s really a 6-song EP meaning Dopamine have a lot more to offer as a band – would be the plodding monotony that encompasses the chorus of the closing number “Don’t Scream” and maybe parts of Dre’s falsetto in the opening number “One Less Than Eight”. Other than that this CD has sufficient material to stimulate the mind.

http://www.neurotoxic.ca
http://wwww.myspace.com/dopaminemusic

****


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
CATTLE DECAPITATION Medium Rarities
ARIA Proklyate Morey (Curse of the Seas)
BRITISH LION, CONEY HATCH In Ottawa, Canada
SUNFLOWER DEAD C O M A
SURF CITY BLITZ In California Photo Gallery
TRIVIUM, AVATAR, LIGHT THE TORCH In Portland, OR Photo Gallery
DEVILDRIVER, JINJER In Cleveland, OH With Photos!
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY In Dublin, Ireland
CAULDRON New Gods
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In Ottawa, Canada
JUDAS PRIEST, KREATOR In Quito, Ecuador
CAL JAM '18 Photo Gallery
BLOODBATH The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn
STRIKER Play To Win
NIGHT RANGER "Dawn Of Madness" Show In Waukegan, IL
BUTCHER BABIES, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, SKARLETT RIOT, IGNEA, MAERTYRIUM, In Siegburg, Germany
HOUSE OF LORDS In New Bedford, MA
GRETA VAN FLEET Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
IMPELLITTERI The Nature Of The Beast
ALICE COOPER In Houston Photo Gallery
ICARUS WITCH Goodbye Cruel World
TARJA, STRATOVARIUS, SERPENTYNE In Cologne, Germany
CLUTCH, SEVENDUST, TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN In Portland, OR With Photos!
ACCEPT In Houston, TX With Photos!
U.D.O. Steelfactory
SKULL FIST Way Of The Road
SOULFLY Ritual
ANTHRAX State of Euphoria 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
FIFTH ANGEL The Third Secret
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER In New Bedford, MA
ANAAL NATHRAKH A New Kind of Horror
PRIMAL FEAR Apocalypse
BEHEMOTH I Loved You At Your Darkest
DORO Forever Warriors, Forever United
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
BILLY MORRIS AND THE SUNSET STRIP Holdin’ All The Aces
VINCE NEIL In Houston, TX Photo Gallery
DEE SNIDER For The Love Of Metal
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, STRIKER, HELION PRIME In Houston, TX W/Photos!
DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News